Have you heard about the new series of books Cooperative Press is publishing? They’re called Fresh Designs. Each book in the series will focus on a single topic and include 10 designs, each from a different designer. In the works are books for sweaters, shawls, hats, scarves and many other topics.
The ideas behind this series of books are innovative and I hope will lead other publishers to follow a similar model. All the books will be available in print as well as digital and ebook editions, but Coopertive Press's business model is what’s really different. Here’s what Shannon says about it…
“Instead of paying 10-12% royalties on book sales to its authors, CP equally divides the profits from each title between author and publisher -- even higher in the author's favor on digital products! Authors can earn much more than they would with a traditional publisher, exercise greater control over their intellectual property, and get their work in front of an audience faster.”
As someone trying to make a career and a living from design this is a huge deal.
If supporting independent publishing and design is important to you, take a look Cooperative Press’s Kickstart campaign. As of this afternoon they were only 600 dollars from their goal. Any bit of support helps, but if you donate $10 or more you’ll receive some nice thank you gifts in return.
I’m also excited about these books because the shawl book will feature one of my designs. I can’t show you the whole thing, but here’s a small sneak peak.