I’m working on a book!

Anyone who knows me personally has heard me talk about my new book for many months. I wanted to do a full length book again, but I was having a very hard time deciding how to publish it! I kept swinging between the merits of self-publishing and going with a publisher.

I have self-published two books before (Scrumptious Knits and Among Stones) but both of these were shorter books which meant less time and money was involved. The new book I want to do will be bigger, a full technique book complete with a big collection of patterns. However the time and money commitment were only one part of the equation. When you put that much into a book you need to spend just as long selling and marketing it. This is what swayed me towards a publisher. Within a few months of publishing a book I want to get stuck into something new. I’m just one person and the sole caretaker for 4 children so realistically it has to be one or the other, I can’t design and market full time. And I can’t stand still long enough to do a substantial book investment justice by myself.

After some work I think I’ve found the perfect publisher for the book, Potter Craft. The quality of the books they produce is fantastic and being a division of Random House there is a considerable marketing team behind them. So last week I took the plunge and the papers were signed! Even though I’ve done this before signing a book contract always fills me with equal parts excitement and fear. It’s the start of an adventure but there’s always some little part of your brain that’s terrified you won’t get everything done in time. I’m going to be on a pretty tight deadline with this, the manuscript (edited!) and photographs are all to be submitted by the 1st of August. So if I seem a little quiet over the next few months perhaps you’ll forgive me :-). However it will be a little after that before you get to see the book – it’s planned for Fall (Autumn) 2015, so be patient.

I’ve been working behind the scenes on this project for several months already, sketching ideas, gathering yarn and knitting some of the samples. I don’t like to be under pressure designing so I started planning early. I want to give a big thank you to all the yarn companies who sent me yarn before I knew how I was going to publish, Cascade Yarns, Malabrigo, Lorna’s Laces, Blue Moon, Fyberspates, Miss Babs, Sweet Georgia, Berroco, Noro, Knitspot, Anzula, Harrivsville Designs, Shibui, Manos, Hedgehog Fibres, O-Wool and Green Mountain Spinnery. Here’s the yarn/sample mountain in all it’s glory, you’ll have to wait to see any more than this though!

yarn pile

9 thoughts on “I’m working on a book!

  1. Congratulations. Another book is a big deal. Now you have lots of wonderful yarn and sketches. Looking forward to what you create.

  2. Looking forward to a new book by you. “Contemporary Irish Knits” is a favorite of mine.

  3. I can’t wait! I’ll be looking for your new book soon. I think you made a great choice in publishing it with Potter Craft. I have been impresses with their work.

  4. Carol,
    I was just thinking about all the sweaters, socks, hats, jackets and pullovers I’ve made from your designs and how my new wardrobe consists mainly of your designs. I love knitting your designs for several reasons: they are easy to follow and well written, they are very wearable and modern, not matronly and lastly, you are there to answer questions, no matter how simple or complex. Truly, I don’t know how you do it all! I anxiously await your latest designs, and can’t wait to add more beautiful knits to my closet.
    Love your creations, Carol.
    Annie from San Diego

  5. Thank you so much Annie, that is one of the sweetest and kindest comments I’ve had in a long time :-)

  6. I’m so excited to hear you’re publishing a larger book. Your tutorials are beautifully done and very thorough, and I’m sure the new book will be a gem!

  7. I am really looking forward to this book! I too love your designs and your patterns are always so easy to follow. Happily would test knit anything!

  8. So happy about a new book. I have been enjoying the projects I’ve worked on that are your designs. LOVE your patterns! Can’t wait for the new book.

  9. This is truly exciting – for you I know and us knitters! I love Potter Craft books and pretty much know Carol Feller + PC = a book on my library shelf!

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