Fun with social media... April 08 2015

We use (and love) MailChimp for our mailing list here at Cooperative Press. It has a lot of functionality that helps us run CP with as few people as we do, honestly! We don't have a dedicated "marketing department" or "social media guru" or whatever the cool venture capital-funded kids are doing these days. 

MailChimp has a paid feature called SocialPro that lets you know which members of your mailing list are also on Twitter or Facebook. You can then send emails specifically to those people, and not the rest of your list. So let's hypothetically say that there is a small business contest on Facebook and you win if one zillion people like a post on your page. It makes sense to mail just the members of your list who are actually on Facebook, and not annoy everyone else.

But you know us. We like to do things a little differently, so we experimented with this list-segmenting feature and sent an email to everyone in the +Twitter, +Facebook categories with SPECIAL SECRET INSTRUCTIONS on what to do next. 

  • Twitter users sent @CoopPress messages, which we collected in Storify here.
  • Facebook users commented on this post.

We deliberately kept things a little bit weird and a lot of fun, plus we offered up a free pattern for everyone who did the messages and filled out a form with their Ravelry name (so we could gift said pattern).

What did we learn?

  • CP mailing list members are HILARIOUS.
  • People like fun secret club stuff.
  • People like being distracted on a Monday, particularly after a holiday weekend. 
  • CP mailing listers who use other forms of social media respond faster to emails than average

Will we keep using the paid SocialPro feature? Probably. Are we more likely to use it now that Facebook changes up their algorithms frequently to keep users from seeing updates from the pages they like? Yes. (Speaking of, like our page, would you?) What else can we do with it? Don't know yet, still experimenting! But thank you for playing along with us!

High Stakes a finalist in the 17th annual INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards! March 13 2015

CONTACT: Shannon Okey, Cooperative Press

High Stakes named Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist

(Cleveland, Ohio)—Today, Cooperative Press is pleased to announce High Stakes by Brandy Schillace (book 1 of the Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles)  has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list:

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd.

In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Cooperative Press publisher Shannon Okey remarked: "We are so proud of this book series, and pleased that the first book has been honored with a nomination. Brandy Schillace is an outstanding fiction voice, particularly with these books that successfully target young male readers."

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About us: Cooperative Press is an independent publisher based in Cleveland, Ohio with a backlist of approximately 40 titles. Its CEO Shannon Okey is currently on the Independent Book Publishers' Association board, and recently founded Readtailor, a company designed to bridge the gap between small publishers and the library licensing market.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is media company featuring a FOLIO: award winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.

You can also connect with them on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.



Follow us on Pinterest! February 02 2015

Are you on Pinterest? We'd love to see you there!

We're @cooppress (and CP publisher Shannon is there as @knitgrrl, if you like food + gardening pins, too). You can also find a number of our authors on Pinterest...check the #shareCPlove board for some of their contributions.

Visit Cooperative Press's profile on Pinterest.

#shareCP love in February and win! January 26 2015

For the first two weeks in February, CP authors and friends will be posting a lot of places with the hashtag #shareCPlove, and we have a new tumblr devoted to keeping track of it all! As readers, you can win in multiple ways. The first is to post something about your favorite CP book on social media and then enter it here between 1 February and Valentine's Day (14 February). The second is simply to join our mailing list, here.

  • One GRAND prize reader winner will be selected from the entries at 
  • One first prize winner, chosen randomly from all subscribers of the CP mailing list, gets $100 cash.
  • Three runners up from the mailing list get $50 in CP store credit.

Cooperative Press Reader Referral program signups January 23 2015

We just introduced a reader referral program at Cooperative Press where we'll pay you 5% of any book sales you send our way. It's as easy as this: sign up here, then use the link you're given to send people to our main page (the default), or to a book you specify. If your friends sign up, too, you get paid an additional bonus!

Why do this? Our biggest and best resource = YOU. You've told your friends about our books. You've posted about them online. You've supported our authors and our fair business model. We'd rather give you an incentive to keep it up than put more money into advertiser pockets.

In February, keep the reader referral program in mind as you post about our #shareCPlove promotion (more news on that shortly): you could get paid for referring readers to CP AND win up to $200! 

Congrats to Sock Architecture! January 07 2015

We are over the moon about the review of Lara Neel's book Sock Architecture in the latest (15 January 2015) issue of Library Journal! Librarians have always been an important part of what we do at Cooperative Press, and we really, really love it when they choose to spotlight what they like about what we're doing. This starred review was a doozy, too!

Last year, we even exhibited at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas so we could meet more librarians and find out what else we can do to work with them. Libraries rock!

I made this new cover for our social media pages to celebrate. It's a little tongue in cheek but that's what we do here...

If you'd like to tell your local librarian about this so they can order a copy for their collection, tell them it's available from Ingram and from several library suppliers. They can also email us for assistance at support -at - cooperativepress.zendesk -dot- com

For even more sock books from CP, check out Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith and Unique Feet by the Unique Sheep!

Win $250 from CP! November 17 2014 3 Comments

Easy as (pecan) pie. If you aren't already on our mailing list, click here and sign up! If you ARE on the list and get randomly chosen this month, you'll get a special bonus surprise!

100 no-shipping-required holiday gift ideas November 11 2014

Of course, there's always Cooperative Press digital books, but what if you want to give the gift of hands-on education? Or you already own every single CP book? (Helloooooo best friend!)

We've picked out 100 fiber-related Craftsy classes you might like to gift (or hint at/receive)! Some of them are even by CP authors, such as Alasdair's double knitting class, or Kate's blocking class, or frequent CP-photographer Caro's class. Flip through, pin them to your Pinterest boards, share them to Facebook and drop broad hints to your family... go wild! Why not send a beginning knitting class to a friend and bring them into our fuzzy fold? 


Thank you from all of us! October 10 2014

We sent an email to the CP list this afternoon with information about some of the recent survey results. They were humbling, helpful and generally amazing, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the time and energy you put into your answers! Interested in what we sent? See the newsletter here.

New cart launches today! September 30 2014

Thank you for all your patience and support this summer as we worked to bring a brand new shopping cart and website online! It was a LOT of work (and there are still a few fixes we need to make here and there), but in the long run, it should improve everyone's shopping and searching experience.

If you have any problems, please do let us know via the support tab on the left side of the site!

Back to school giveaway! August 18 2014 1 Comment

Back in June we were singing "no more pencils, no more books, no more teachers' dirty looks" but now it's late August and time to bring the books back out! To help ease your transition, we're giving away 3 CP books of your choice and there are multiple ways to enter! Your email address and name will be used to contact you if you win and for no other reason. If you want to join the CP mailing list, see the bottom of the page. Good luck!



Just for shop owners! June 25 2014

Two things for our yarn store owning friends:

  • one, you can win $100 in books for your store if you take our LYS survey before 15 July.
  • two, you should join our email list! I know many of you are on the regular CP list, but this list is a little more specialized, very infrequently-mailed, and meant just for shop owners. 

We created the managed mailing list just for shop owners after realizing our old systems for tracking  emails and contacts were no longer working well for us, especially when it came to managing unsubscribes, etc. You actually may already be on it if we've had contact with you before. When you enter your email and hit subscribe, it will error and tell you there's already an account by that name, and give you an option to update your information. Please do. Thank you!

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Add this to your calendar, if you please! June 20 2014

Vote for Cooperative Press in the Martha Stewart American Made contest starting 15 September!

Martha Stewart - American Made 2014 - Nominee Badge

Cooperative Press t-shirt contest June 02 2014 1 Comment

Cooperative Press t-shirt contest Fiber fest season gets started in just a few months! Got a t-shirt idea for us? Want $50? Check this out. We're offering you a chance to submit ideas for knitterly, fibery and just generally crafty related t-shirts. If your idea is selected, you'll win $50 plus a host of other prizes. Our graphic designers are standing by--let us know what you'd like to see on a shirt! You have until the end of June to enter!

Maryland Sheep & Wool 2014 May 03 2014

Cooperative Press is at Maryland Sheep & Wool this weekend! Stop by and take a look at the latest Cooperative Press books (for sale in print and in digital formats), meet an author or two, and say hello to Shannon!


Hat Couture: Sticks & Stones Podcast review March 26 2014

hatcouture_coverdraft Julia and Sue of the Sticks and Stones video podcast do a review of Theressa Silver's book, Hat Couture, and have fun trying out ways to decorate and wear two of them. They also have a digital copy of the book to give away in the Sticks and Stones Ravelry group! Episode 35: Embellishing Hats and a Book Review!


Win a Craftsy class during our giveaway this month! March 05 2014 1 Comment

craftsy Thanks to Craftsy, who are allowing us to host a class giveaway this month. Enter to win here! Or, if you're impatient, check out the classes by CP authors and friends now: Alasdair Post Quinn's Adventures in Double Knitting Kate Atherley's Blocking Handknits Caro Sheridan's Shoot It: Product Photography

The Vikings have landed! Buy 1 book, get 3 things! February 06 2014 5 Comments

larissa-header We've been hinting about it for a while and now it's live! Larissa Brown's new novel with Cooperative Press, Beautiful Wreck (click to visit the book's website and read an excerpt) is here! To celebrate, and to attempt to launch it to the top of the charts over at Amazon, we've put it on sale for Cooperative Press friends & family for $2.99 this weekend AND you can get two of Larissa's patterns for helping us out! Buy the book and forward your receipt to buy -at- and you'll get a Ravelry download link for Larissa's pattern Lichen. Hurry, this offer expires on Valentine's Day! Review the book and send a link to us at review -at- and you'll get a download of Larissa's new pattern Betta! Where to buy? For once, we aren't asking you to buy it directly from CP, though we'll be listing it soon. We'd really like for you to buy it on Amazon, because getting to the top of the charts there will help drive sales going forward. If you prefer print, you'll also be able to get the Kindle version for free through their MatchBook program. Amazon: Kindle PREFERRED | paperback Barnes & Noble: Nook | paperback Smashwords: digital Apple iBookstore: digital CAN WE GET LARISSA TO #1? WE CAN, WITH YOUR HELP! Thank you, as always, for supporting independent publishing. Especially when Vikings are involved!

All knits bright and beautiful, all authors great and small January 13 2014

Our art director, Elizabeth, lives in Austin, so she got to attend the book signing for Hank and Gracie Save the Day at the Knitting Nest this past weekend. Take it away, Elizabeth ... HankGracieSavetheDay_frontcoverdraft West Highland Terriers Hank and Gracie are often a highlight of any visit to the Knitting Nest, one of several lovely local yarn stores that we enjoy here in Austin. But this past Saturday, they were definitely the stars of the show. The store's owner, Stacy Klaus, held a book signing this weekend at the shop for her new book, Hank and Gracie Save the Day (Cooperative Press, 2013). The book features a charming children's story about two dogs who help to rescue a baby bird, simple patterns to knit, crochet, and felt your own projects to go along with the story. There are even coloring pages, which turned out to be a particular hit with one toddler who came to the book signing. (Her mama, Christina, aka oharethey, is a developer at Ravelry, so I expect that other parts of the book will appeal as time goes on as well!) For all of you who are suffering through bleak mid-winter weather, I'm sorry to say that it was a gorgeous day here. (You can mock us in August, when we're on day 45 of 100+ degree temperatures.) Stacy invited Westie Rescue of Austin to set up outside the shop so that they could take donations, while Hank and Gracie guarded the fort as usual inside. It was a lovely event on a beautiful day. Hope you can visit Hank and Gracie here soon—and until then, enjoy their adventures in Hank and Gracie Save the Day! [gallery ids="1588,1587,1590,1589,1591,1593,1594"]

Knit all the gifts! November 21 2013

Greetings, fiber fans – guest blogger Elizabeth (your trusty book designer) here to wrap you in the giant afghan of holiday excitement that we have pouring forth from Team Cooperative Press. Whether you're looking for some quick gifts to knit or wanting to immerse yourself in some escapist fantasy, we've got you covered. Spin me a tale ... One of the many things I love about knitting is how it immerses me in a fantasy world, and not just because I enjoy reading, listening to, or watching stories while I knit. The act of knitting also creates its own narrative: as I knit, I imagine myself (or the recipient) looking gorgeous in what I'm making; I line up in my head the other things that I plan to knit; I conjure up other knitters of the past – I especially love to imagine a Laura Ingalls Wilder / Little House in the Big Woods kind of grouping – and dream about what we might say to each other as we do our needlework. So I am always so happy when another storybook comes in the door at Cooperative Press. All knitting books tell a story, but some have an especially compelling narrative voice. They don't just provide patterns – they invite us into a world. SubversiveSocks_frontcover Tabetha Hedrick has a story to tell you in socks: a story of having-had-just-about-enough, a tale of thumbing your nose at the world. Her Subversive Socks is for those times when you have something snarky to say and – well – why not say it on your feet? Your calves can secretly read "bite me" all day long underneath your work trousers – or they can shout that message to the rooftops when worn with a flouncy skirt. It's up to you. These socks are made for walkin' / and that's just what they'll do / One of these days these socks are gonna walk all over you. [caption id="attachment_1436" align="alignnone" width="264"]Bite Me Bite Me[/caption] If swears aren't your thing, then neither is this book. Don't worry: this post includes a lovely section below about puppies and cute kids – meet you there! When you're done sticking your middle toe up at the world, it's time to stock up to save it.... DoomsdayKnits_coverdraft Alex Tinsley's forthcoming Doomsday Knits is a feast of post-apocalyptic knit fantasy – everything you need for battling zombies and foraging the ozone-depleted forests for provisions. The book's editor, Alex, dedicated months and months to accumulating the styling pieces, locations, and makeup skills to create the illusion of a total wasteland wonderland. The results are stunning. Here's Theressa Silver's luscious Lunar Progression wrap ... lunar ... you know, for when the world has ended and you're one of the few still left eating sardines out of a can in a dilapidated mansion. Or for when, in real life, you just need to look stunningly hot. If you're more of a timey-wimey sort of person than an apocalyptic, you must go check out Heatherly Walker's new Dalekenium sock pattern .... 8616671191_f44b6f48b4_h This is a sneak peek pattern from her forthcoming book with Allison Sarnoff, Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits. All the designs in the book are inspired by sci fi, comic books, video games, mythology ... ahhhhh! happy geek overload! And I absolutely cannot wait for you to see knitting designer Larissa Brown's novel, Beautiful Wreck (forthcoming from our trade imprint in January 2014). Science fiction mixed with 11th-century Vikings mixed with romance mixed with fiber? YES, PLEASE. Let's just say if you enjoyed the Outlander series, this definitely belongs on your shelf. ________ Gift me ... Fantasy aside, the ticking clock of frantic gift knitting has begun. Need some help? Perhaps you have some kids to knit for? Whip up some quick, fun, utterly wearable accessories for them with Katya Frankel's infectious new book, Head to Toe. HeadtoToe_frontcoverdraft Katya really knows how to design for kids: each pattern in this book can work for boys or girls (truly), and each one fits so well into a kid's real life. For instance, consider this: did it ever occur to you to knit a cowl for a kid? And now that I've said that, doesn't that seem like the most obvious thing in the world? Because cowls don't fall off or trail in the mud? BOOM. [caption id="attachment_1416" align="alignnone" width="198"]Mallard Mallard[/caption] The photography in this book meets Katya's usual standard of genuine, fun-having adorableness. (Seriously what cow just licked that boy's hair into such a cute shape?) All shot in the park spaces in Northumberland, UK, it's the essence of fall fun. Got younger kids in mind? Get ready to plotz from the cuteness, because we've got a book about puppies! HankGracieSavetheDay_frontcoverdraft   [caption id="attachment_1447" align="alignnone" width="293"]Sample story page Sample story page[/caption] OK, they're full-grown Westies, and they totally do save the day when a baby bird falls from a nest outside their yarn shop. Authored by Stacy Klaus – owner of the Knitting Nest in Austin, Texas – this sweet picture book tells a heroic story of dog rescue, has coloring pages for kids, and includes four simple knitting and crochet patterns that are tied to the story. [caption id="attachment_1444" align="alignnone" width="300"]Pattern: Adding a crocheted edging to a flannel blanket Pattern: Adding a crocheted edging to a flannel blanket[/caption] Your kids will love that another kid – Stacy's incredibly talented, high-school-aged niece, Molly Wade – did the illustrations. The book is up for preorder now but will be available in digital next week. (Print coming soon thereafter, as always.) If you now need to wipe a tear from your eye because you are overwhelmed by PUPPIES!, might we suggest a lovely dishcloth? DishclothDivaKO_frontcoverdraft Deb Buckingham, who brought you our much-loved Dishcloth Diva, will release her follow-up book this Friday: Dishcloth Diva Knits On! Whether you need some quick handmade gifts – perhaps to wrap around some handmade soap? – or just need an uncomplicated knit to whisk you away from the holiday family drama, Deb's got you covered. My favorite is the cheery, slip-stitched Lucille Bell ... lucillebell1 Happy knitting!

Waving at Chicago from a distance November 02 2013

Guest blogger and CP Assistant Editor/Crochet Editor MK here today, thinking about what's happening at Vogue Knitting LIVE! this weekend. One of the wonderful things about the internet is how it can help bring people together and share what's going on all over the world. Right now, I'm sitting at home in Hawaii and trying not to cry into my coffee because Shannon is in Chicago at Vogue Knitting LIVE! 2013 (booth 113), teaching, selling books with Andi, and quite possibly getting to meet author John Scalzi, who is not a knitter and just happens to be in the same hotel this weekend. VKL twitteringThe overlap between yarncraft geekdom and Sci-Fi/Fantasy geekdom is pretty big. Yours truly has been reading SF/F since about the age of 7, and was not the only yarnie who spotted @scalzi tweeting about VKL and immediately offered to help secure passes (plus it turns out Shannon is familiar with John Scalzi via Metafilter). This is particularly wrenching for me, because I could have purchased autographed books earlier this year, when I was in Ohio for a friend's wedding. I knew that there was a bookstore in the general area that routinely stocked his signed books, but I was Team Bride Advocate and taking it seriously (...and then I was serious about driving to Columbus before Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams closed for the day, ahem), and didn't look up the bookstore until later. Turns out it's Jay and Mary's Book Center, right by the hotel I was staying in. So I could sit here and cry into my delicious coffee, or I could sit up straight and think about a few of my favorite things, especially a few of my favorite Science Fiction/Fantasy Yarndom Crossovers. I've got a Pinterest board titled Unofficial Whedonverse Knit & Crochet, and contribute to Larissa Brown's Pinterest board Whedon Knits & Crochets, for starters (just you wait for Larissa's upcoming novel Beautiful Wreck - I stayed up late two nights in a row reading an early draft). How about CP author Heather Ordover's new supernatural YA series, The Seven? Grounded (book 1) is out now, with companion sock patterns, a KAL, and Real Knitting Content in the book (I won't spoil my favorite knitting reference in the book - I'll just say it happens in a bookstore and leave it at that). How about revisiting Needles & Artifice: A Refined Adventure Story with Ingenious Knitting Patterns by the Ladies of Mischief ? A lovely knitter at VKL in full steampunk gear stopped by the Cooperative Press booth - she's knitting something from Needles & Artifice too! [Edited to add: the knitter is Babelglyph on Ravelry and you can see her project pages for the lace choker, lace mitts, and parasol there. She's also the designer of Calette, a shawl tribute to Diana Wynne-Jones.]  It's also 2 days into DOOMVEMBER, folks, so if you are looking for practical and stylish knitting for the apocalypse, pop over to the blog tour for the soon-to-be-released Doomsday Knits, edited by the delightful Alex Tinsley, who looked at a delicious handspun sparkle yarn and thought "hooded cowl that will accomodate a gas mask." Of course. Then there are the Doctor Who fans. You may know SpillyJane for her Gnome Mittens (did you know you can build a kit at KnitPicks? - and if you've got the Gnome Mittens pattern already, Cooperative Press will give you a discount on her upcoming book!), but she's also got Doctor Who themed mitten patterns - Police Box Mittens and Bow Tie Mittens Are Cool. policebox mittens bowties Add a Bigger on the Inside shawl knit in Bigger on the Inside yarn (pattern by CP author Kate Atherley, published in Knitty Spring/Summer 2012) and you've got some serious Doctor Who knit action. [ETA: This just in! Kate Atherley and Lorna's Laces teamed up and now you can get knitting patterns and special yarn packs for socks or a scarf for "traveling through space and time"!] No conversation about SF/F yarn geekery would be complete without indigodragonfly yarn - with colorways like Daleks Don't Give Pink Slips, And Then Buffy Staked Edward. The End., and Don't Wear This On Star Trek, you can slip a geeky reference into even the plainest pair of socks. These are just a few of my favorites (there are so many!). So tell me - what are your favorite yarngeek SF/F crossovers?

Rhinebeck beckons October 18 2013

Guest blogger Elizabeth here today with some enticing news about what we'll have available at this year's Rhinebeck. Fall is most fiber lovers' preferred season, and Rhinebeck (the New York Sheep and Wool Festival), coming up this weekend, captures all the charm of autumnal fibery goodness. Our intrepid leader, Shannon, and one of our lovely authors and tech editors, Andi, have already begun wending their way there northeastward in a van loaded up with books. On the way, they'll be making a happy side trip to Boston to show off Needles and Artifice to the Greater Boston Knitting Guild. I'll be wrapping up some book design business today from my home base in Austin, and will be flying up to New York tomorrow morning. We will have so much to show you at our booth! Printed copies of our newest books – Cascadia, Hitch, Fresh Designs: Kids, and our first sewing book, Sew Together Grow Together – arrived at CP headquarters a week ago, so they're still smoking hot off the press. And we'll have nearly 30 other titles available for purchase or preview. After all, you're going to need to know what to make with all that yarn that of course you will not buying at Rhinebeck because you already have plenty oh who are we kidding.... Ahem. [youtube] "A couple of years ago, I was thinking how my favorite part of the NY Sheep & Wool Festival (also known as Rhinebeck), was looking at what everyone wears. I know people go to the festival for all kinds of reasons, but I just wallow in the community & people watching. It is perhaps the only place on earth you can be wearing handknit socks, a handknit sweater, a shawlette over it, handknit mitts and a hat--and instead of having people leave a wide path around you, you are embraced by strangers shrieking "ooh, is that a Damson or....{insert your fave pattern here} ? I love what you did with your February Lady Sweater! Whose mods?" I realized I wanted to make a collection of all those fabulous outfits, for the permanent record." - Gale Zucker  To be sure you get the news first about Gale's gorgeous book, sign up for our mailing list. For knitting designers, we have a new tool available that helps you develop your own style sheet for your patterns. Find me at the booth, and I'll show you how it works. Look for my giant, smiling head floating Cheshire-Cat-like over the crowd. This year we'll be sharing a booth (Building C, Booth 37) with two other wonderful businesses: Cherry Tree Hill Yarn and KnitCompanion. Come by, say hello, browse through our new books, squeeze some delicious Cherry Tree Hill goodness, and play with the amazing KnitCompanion app! And then go gorge on artichokes and watch grown men and women chuck pumpkins across a field. It's all good fun.

Cascadia, Hitch and Fiber Hooligan October 01 2013

Andi Smith was on Fiber Hooligan with Benjamin Levisay yesterday and it was a GREAT show! You can listen to it from the embedded player below, download on iTunes here or check out the show page here! This past weekend we released the digital version of Cascadia and I think it is fair to say it is a hit! As the patterns have gone up on Ravelry, they've been getting lots and lots of favorites! EIGHT HUNDRED so far on Beacon Hill (congrats, Jane!)! The same day we released the digital for Cascadia, Hitch went live. (And all this was right after Knit Edge #4 went out, too. It has been a BUSY week over here!) Nina Dayton's Melanie shawl is popular -- 425 favorites already! Here is where I drop the editorial "we" and be totally, personally biased as me, Shannon: I want to point out one particular pattern in Hitch for those of you looking for a great holiday pattern to knit for the guys in your life. Christina Wall's Robie is an absolute stunner, with great knitterly details. I have a funny photo of the model from the book trying it on when it first arrived here at the studio and he is making a hilarious face, which I will not post here because I still would like to have him speaking to me and modeling for CP (it was about 100 degrees outside...not optimal "try on a wool sweater" time). Even HE loved it, and he is a pickypants about sweaters thanks to his very talented fashion school-trained mama. (Also if any of you have nothing better to do and feel like knitting one for no reason, I want a Robie of my own!) [end personally-biased commentary] Join the knitalongs in the Hitch group on Ravelry!

Hitch, Kids, Vikings and TV September 09 2013

First things first: have you voted for Alasdair (author of Extreme Double Knitting) in the My Mountain design contest? Thank you, CPers! It's been a pretty big month so far for CP! Our latest in the Fresh Designs series, Kids, was released last week, as was Hitch, a book inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Hitch is the second CP book by Stephannie Tallent, whose gorgeous book California Revival Knits continues to impress colorwork, lace and cable fans with its intricate architecture-inspired patterns. Like the Fresh Designs series, Hitch is a multi-contributor book, featuring a host of ultra-talented designers. If you pre-order it now, you'll get a special bonus cowl pattern! The main photoshoot for Hitch took place on a hot and steamy August day in a Chicago park with one of our favorite photographers, Nick Murway. (On that note, you really need to check out the photos on Kids, too -- our art director Elizabeth did them, and if you've ever taken any photos of children, you know it's not that easy!) Shoot planning at Stephannie's in-laws' house Trying to evoke the elegant menace of a stylish Hitchcock thriller in 99% humidity and similar temperatures is...well, tough. I think we hit the mark, though. The fabulous vintage clothing we paired with the knits came from Deering Vintage in Cleveland, Ohio, and the tweedy brown dress is a real Claire McCardell...for whom, in no small amount of synchronicity, the Claire M sweater in Fresh Designs Sweaters is named. The middle dress is the McCardell, and the shawl is by our own Elizabeth Green Musselman Speaking of elegance under heat and pressure, last Thursday CP authors Andi Smith (Big Foot Knits) and Kate Atherley (Beyond Knit & Purl, Knit Accessories) taped an episode of Knitting Daily TV for its next season featuring new host Vickie Howell. Both Kate and Andi will appear on the same sock-related episode. Afterwards, we went out for ice cream at Jeni's, aka Breakfast of Champions for TNNA Attendees. And now...Vikings? No, we're not publishing a Viking knitting book (though give us time, you never know!) -- but we are announcing our new Cooperative Trade imprint for fiction and non-knitting titles. That's been an open secret for some time, really. Ben Vendetta, author of Wivenhoe Park, has been posting about his novel on Tumblr and Facebook for a month. The website is up. So what's today's big secret reveal? We are publishing Beautiful Wreck by Larissa Brown. *happy dance* As knitters you may already be familiar with Larissa's work: two books, Knitalong and My Grandmother's Knitting, beautiful patterns, etc. What you don't know is that she's an amazingly talented novelist as well. Beautiful Wreck is speculative fiction, and more specifically a time-travel romance. (Talk about timing: just as the internet is obsessed with the casting choices for the TV version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novels!) If you liked the Outlander series, if you like strong women characters and a book that will suck you into its world from the very first page, Beautiful Wreck is for you. Our first novel Wivenhoe Park, by Ben Vendetta, will be out in October, then Beautiful Wreck a little later in the year. We will be keeping most news about the new imprints' books on its own list with infrequent crossover on the main CP list, so please do join CP Trade's list or the Beautiful Wreck list for news as these and other non-knitting books are released. Some of the musicians I idolized in the late 80s and early 90s then have been asking Ben and his music journalist/PR friends for advance reading copies of Wivenhoe Park, musicians who would have had me swooning from stage as a teenager (ok, they still would, actually). Those I'm keeping under wraps for the moment 'til I know we can quote them, but the last one I heard about had me leaping up and down, inserting liberal numbers of unladylike words in my excitement. Set in the mid-80s, Wivenhoe Park chronicles the adventures of Drew, a rock 'n' roll-obsessed student with journalistic aspirations who moves to England on a whim to escape various demons, including a goth ex-girlfriend, who he can’t seem to shake out of his system...will Drew find peace, love and understanding or will it all burn down like cigarettes? You'll find out this fall. Thanks, as ever, for your continued support of what we're doing here at Cooperative Press. One last thing: Knit Edge issue 4 will be out this month and we can't wait for you to see it!

Hello The Knitter readers + Stitching in the Stacks! June 19 2013 2 Comments

Excellent pre-TNNA news for you. One, our friends at The Knitter magazine (one of our UK favorites) featured our upcoming cruise in their upcoming issue #60. Here's a peek: And secondly, Stitching in the Stacks has started to ship digitally as of yesterday. The print copies should start going out when they arrive from the printer post-TNNA, so get your orders in now! The other two books in our summer preorder trifecta should be going out shortly thereafter (a few wonky file things to fix from the printer proofs that will be fast but couldn't get finished pre-TNNA). If you are at TNNA this weekend, drop by the booth (#355) and see the sneak preview of Alex Tinsley's AMAZING upcoming book with us, Doomsday Knits. Yay!

CP cruise class list + special offer June 11 2013

We've got the details on our cruise's class list (remember, classes are completely included in the price of the cruise!), and they're really good, if you ask us! Click here to download a PDF of the classes. In addition, Celebrity is currently offering some specials for those who book before the 19th of this month. Just FYI, so take advantage while you can. Email for more information.

Environmental certifications June 03 2013

Today we received a really exciting email from the printers who manufacture our books! They've reconfirmed that their Forest Stewardship Council and Sustainable Forestry Initiative certifications continue to be valid for all the book types we print. What does this mean? In addition to the fact that we are not using eco-unfriendly coated paper that's tough to recycle, or shipping from overseas (all our books are printed in the US, with a handful of exceptions printed in the UK, Australia etc to fill local orders in those countries -- but the relevant related forest-friendly certifications are followed there, too!), it means that the paper sourced for our books comes from responsibly managed forests, that biological diversity and water resources are protected, community and indigenous peoples' rights are respected, and overall, that the paper used in our books is obtained and managed in an appropriate and environmentally responsible way. We also learned the printer has acquired a new facility in our own state, which means we're printing even closer to home than before -- lessening our carbon footprint yet again! (Their facilities that were printing our books already are between 400-450 miles away from our office. That's a LOT closer than 7000 miles away, which is how far we'd need to ship if we printed in China!) Apologies for so many exclamation points but we think this is exciting stuff, and hope you do, too!

Summer mailing list contest May 29 2013 1 Comment

Reposted from the main page for those of you who read our feed using RSS readers! We've got a new contest going through the end of the summer, and you can all play along. Three lucky CP mailing list members will win $50, 3 CP books, or one of the new online classes we're rolling out this year. All you have to do is join our mailing list! Easy! Mom voice disclaimer: We love all our subscribers equally, but you need to be on the list when the random-number drawing is held in order to qualify. Join today so you don't forget and miss out! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; } /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block. We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */
Why join the CP mailing list? Well, first of all, we don't share your information with anyone else. Secondly, we don't mail you unless we actually have news! A new book, a contest, a special offer just for irritating daily or weekly mails. (Typically we mail about once a month). We want you to look forward to our emails, not immediately delete them! Happy summer from all of us at CP.

Online classes -- what do you think? May 22 2013

So Stephen West has a new shawl class called Shawlscapes with Stephen West that just went live at Craftsy... this had us wondering, if you could take an online class with any Cooperative Press author, which one, and what would you want to learn? We would love to hear what you think! Shannon has taught Get Published, her Designer 101 class and others online at her site in previous years. With such a growing roster of amazing teachers, though, perhaps it's time to expand? Anna Dalvi, Kate Atherley, Annie Modesitt, Alasdair Post-Quinn, Heather Ordover, Tara Swiger...the list keeps growing! So what would you like to see?

Cooperative Press cruise! May 20 2013 3 Comments

It's true! We're going to the Caribbean and we'd love to take you with us. Join CP authors Kate Atherley, Anna Dalvi and Shannon Okey for 7 days in the Caribbean next January. Price includes 3 whole days of knitting classes, too -- no hidden fees. Click the image below to email Linda of Viva Spain Travel, who is organizing the travel arrangements for this cruise.

THREE new preorders just went live! May 17 2013

If you're not on the CP mailing list already, go! Go now! I'll wait. Later tonight we're sending out a mailing about these three new books that gives details on the free patterns you can get by preordering, as well as a free online class (ahem, can't spill the dirt on that yet). You've got til midnight tonight. Through the magic of the internet, we can make it look as if the books are already printed! More interesting than a flat image, eh? Here's the scoop: we've had these three books underway for a WHILE. Longer than we might have wanted, really. And if I told you half the things that happened while these books were going through the publishing process, you would not even believe me. There was even an amputated toe. Really. We have, however, prevailed, and the books are now ready for preorder! Here's the scoop on these three new members of the Cooperative Press family, with direct purchase links. Preorder now and you will get free copies of Ardwinna by Andi Smith and Honeysuckle by Sarah Barbour (Ardwinna if you order Big Foot Knits, Honeysuckle if you order Stitching in the Stacks). Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith So many sock patterns are written as if one size fits all. But anyone who has larger feet and legs knows better. In this ingenious book, designer Andi Smith walks the bigger-footed among us through the steps of properly measuring our feet and legs, assessing the toe and heel shapes that fit us best, and adapting patterns to suit our shape. All this, plus 12 gorgeous sock patterns, each with instructions for modifying to your foot and for knitting top-down or toe-up. PRINT + DIGITAL $26.95 plus shipping Add to Cart View Cart // DIGITAL ONLY (PDF) $16.95 Add to Cart View Cart// Stitching in the Stacks, edited by Sarah Barbour Ask most people to picture either a librarian or a knitter, and they’re likely to conjure up the same image: a stern, older woman with sensible shoes and hair in a bun. Stereotypes aside, there does seem to be a special bond between knitters and libraries. This book celebrates that connection, offering 30 exquisite designs inspired by librarians (real and fictional), library architecture, cataloging systems, and sometimes the books themselves. Each pattern comes with its own story, making this book as fun to read as it is to knit from. PRINT + DIGITAL $29.95 plus shipping Add to Cart View Cart // DIGITAL ONLY (PDF) $16.95 Add to Cart View Cart// Unique Feet, edited by Laura Lough Men love hand-knit socks perhaps more than any other knitted garment, but there are very few patterns available that are interesting to knit. Hearing this clarion call, the independent dyers at The Unique Sheep asked some of their favorite designers to create unique socks for men—socks that would be both fun to knit and to wear. The glorious results range from the subtly textured to the boldly colored. Originally offered through the Ram Sock Club, these 15 patterns are available for the first time together in one must-have volume. Features designs by Katya Frankel, Janine Le Cras, Laura Lough, LoBug Designs, Erssie Major, Merike Saarniit, Charles Voth, Tanya Wade, Sarah Wilson, and Don Yarman. PRINT + DIGITAL $26.95 plus shipping Add to Cart View Cart // DIGITAL ONLY (PDF) $16.95 Add to Cart View Cart//

Doomsday Knits sneak preview + shipping delays April 02 2013 3 Comments

Alex Tinsley is out in Oregon capturing some AMAZING shots for her forthcoming CP book Doomsday Knits RIGHT NOW! We've got a few to show you here. (Thanks, Alex!) If you liked Needles and Artifice, I think it's safe to say you're going to love Doomsday Knits. There's a certain level of creativity and taking knits to the next level that just does it for us. Thank you to everyone who continues to support CP in general and creative designers like the Ladies and Alex, both of whom funded their over-the-top awesome photoshoots with Kickstarter campaigns. Crowdfunding can do some really amazing things! Of note if you're in Portland, Oregon: this weekend, CP has a booth at Vogue Knitting Live's Seattle show, and right after, Shannon is heading down to Portland for a book trunkshow at Pearl Fiber Arts. Theressa Silver will be there with samples from Hat Couture, and Alex will be fresh off the Doomsday shoot with wrinkled-but-lovely samples for you to peruse. After that it's Stitches South in Atlanta, where we're sharing a booth with our friends from Cephalopod Yarns. Please note while Shannon's out of office for these shows (4-14 April), book shipments direct from CP will be delayed. However, most of our books are also listed and available on Amazon, and those are now shipping from a third-party shipping service who will be filling orders for our regular cart as soon as we switch over, so if timing is an issue, place your order on Amazon and make sure the third party seller's name is Cooperative Press. (It's taking longer than we'd planned to get our new shopping cart going but we want to make sure everything is perfect before we launch so no one will have problems! Thanks for your ongoing patience!) p.s. if you're on the CP mailing list, watch for a special announcement Friday. A certain knitting-crazy lady is coming your way...

The changing face of publishing March 22 2013

Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch recently published an excellent book called APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book, and it's only available on Amazon for the first 90 days rather than in all bookstores everywhere. This is probably driving a lot of people crazy, and making a lot of other people think "Hmmm." Amazon's foray into publishing rather than simply distributing books (see The Domino Project and its subsequent demise) had a lot of people scratching their heads. Now, mind you I've been a Kawasaki fan for many years--The Macintosh Way is probably the first book of his that I read, and ironically enough it's about the 'guerilla management' style of Apple Computer, where he previously worked, a company known for its "Think Different" tagline--so it's not as if he doesn't have the track record to go the traditional route. This is what I find so interesting about the way publishing has changed. There are no rules anymore. We're a part of that. Kawasaki's a part of it. Everyone who takes a chance and puts their work out in a new way is making a difference in the industry...testing, trying, experimenting. I asked Kawasaki for some background on why he decided to publish APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book this way, and here's what he told me during the pre-launch period for the book: Top Ten Reasons to Self-Publish
1. Content and design control. When you self-publish a book, you control what’s in it, how long it is, and how it looks. However, if your book isn’t good, you have no editor or editorial board to blame. 2. Time to market. You can get your book to market in less than a week once it’s copyedited. A traditional publisher takes six to nine months to get a printed book to market, and it will not release the ebook version earlier than the printed version. 3. Longevity. Traditional publishers stop marketing a book with little input from the author. As a self-publisher, you can keep your book in print forever—or at least as long as it takes for readers to discover it. 4. Revisions. Traditional publishing can take months to fix errors because publishers print revisions after they’ve sold off the current inventory. Self-publishers can revise books immediately with online ebook resellers and printers that are printing on demand. 5. Higher royalty. The royalty you receive from a traditional publisher is 10 to 15 percent of proceeds of the sales of your book. Amazon, by contrast, pays a 35 percent or more royalty. 6. Price control. Self-publishing enables you to change the price of your book at will. You can set a lower price to try to sell more copies or set a higher price to communicate higher quality. 7. Global distribution. Self-publishing enables you to achieve global distribution of your ebook on day one. Kindle Direct Publishing will list your ebook in one hundred countries. Apple’s iBookstore reaches fifty countries. 8. Control of foreign rights. If your book is successful, foreign publishers will contact you to buy the rights for their country. In this scenario you might make more money because you’re not sharing revenue with a traditional publisher. 9. Analytics. Most online ebook resellers and print-on-demand printers provide real-time or near real-time sales results. Traditional publishers provide twice-a-year royalty statements—imagine running a business with two sales reports a year. 10. Deal flexibility. As a self-publisher, you can cut any kind of deal with any kind of organization. Traditional publishers only sell to resellers except for bulk sales of printed books to large organizations.
I want to examine these factors in the light of what Cooperative Press does with craft and craft business publishing. 1. Content and design control. We bridge the gap between traditional publishing on this one. The majority of our authors prefer to leave layout/etc to us, although once everything is pulled together, we give them input on changes, and what they'd like to see. At the beginning stages of a book, Elizabeth interviews the author and asks them to describe how they'd like the book to "feel," what sort of look they envision, etc. It's a great example of partnership in action and it exemplifies our "partners in publishing" tagline. 2. Time to market. As many of you know, the very MOMENT the digital version of a book is ready, we release it. No waiting for the print copies to arrive. No 'seasons' like a traditional publisher. When it's done, it's done. We don't sit on it! 3. Longevity. We're all over this. I can tell you, for example, when Alasdair Post-Quinn's Craftsy double knitting class went live, his book sales took a lively bounce upward, and we did everything we could to make sure previous Extreme Double Knitting purchasers knew about the class. 4. Revisions. Our digital versions have always been easy to update, especially when purchasers have us place a copy in their Ravelry library, because Ravelry makes it so easy to send file updates. Now that we've switched over to smaller, on-demand print runs for the paperback books, we can update them equally quickly. 5. Higher royalty. We do this, too. After expenses, we're splitting (or in some cases, paying 60%) of book proceeds to the authors. 6. Price control. This is open to us as well...and I won't go into details here but we've got some interesting projects brewing behind the scenes on this front. 7. Global distribution. Where would we be without our beloved readers in Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany and other countries? As shipping costs skyrocket, we've noticed a transition over to more and more download-only sales instead of print. 8. Control of foreign rights. Not super-applicable here, but if there are any publishers who want to do translations/sales of CP books, we're all ears! 9. Analytics. We can run reports continually, and we pay out royalties to authors quarterly. We're also working on improving our overall analytics to increase and expand sales. 10. Deal flexibility. Yes, yes and yes. Doing a crafty event? Want to buy some copies wholesale? Let's talk. Yarn crawl, and you're not sure how many copies you'll sell of Book X? Let's talk! It's interesting to see how these factors line up whether you're doing it all yourself, or working with a publisher like Cooperative Press. I can tell you from my previous history writing books for big publishers that this is not the way things happen there. In February, I was fortunate enough to speak at O'Reilly's Tools of Change publishing conference in NYC on niche publishing, using knit publishing as my example. I also attended the rest of the conference, and spent a few days trying to absorb as much information as I possibly could without exploding. The biggest takeaways? No one has the One True Answer anymore. We are all striving to make changes for the better. We can learn from each other. Which segues into something I've been wanting to do for a while: offer my Get Published class online again. If you didn't know, we've been teaching classes using a website called Ning for a few years now. It's been some time since we've done the publishing one online, and with things changing so quickly in the industry overall, I think it's time to do it again. You can indicate interest in the thread there, or here in comments. I look forward to hearing what you have to say, or what questions you have for the publishing world as it evolves.

Don't be against the wall when the revolution comes... March 21 2013

...instead, be knitting away with a good book! Cooperative Press is about to release the second book in the WWMDfK? series: What (else) Would Madame Defarge Knit?—more creations inspired by classic characters. Like the first, this book is chock full of patterns and stories from the designers about how they were inspired and what they love about the stories the guided their process. To celebrate the coming book we're sharing all sorts of sneak peeks and designer dossiers—and free patterns, too! If you want to get in on the fun, you can join us by joining the special Defarge mailing list (so Heather and the designers can get the free patterns to your inbox). Want to make sure you get your copy right away? We've got a special preorder offer: use the ordering link below and get both books (print and digital!) for $50 plus shipping. We expect book #2 to ship in April. Add to Cart View Cart In other news: stay tuned for the results of the Cooperative Press birthday contest, which will be coming shortly! We had a LOT of entries to go through -- thank you all for your enthusiasm!

Happy birthday to us! Want an iPad Mini? January 07 2013 19 Comments

Barring an official "birthday," we've decided to declare that Cooperative Press has the same birthday as its founder Shannon Okey. And since Shannon's birthday is 6 January, we're doing a big contest for our birthday month! The grand prize is an iPad mini filled with CP books, and the runner up prizes aren't too shabby either. (They're listed at the end of this post). Why this contest? Because CP is a very small company, we don't have the advertising budget of a big publisher. The best way for us to reach people is by word of mouth, and in 2013, that means social media, so here's how the contest will work: (Please note you do NOT have to do all of the steps here. For example, if you don't use Twitter, you can skip that one. However, the more you do, the more runner-up prizes you'll qualify for...) Throughout this month (6-31 January), we've set up multiple ways you can share your love for CP (or your love for winning an iPad's ok, you can say it, we're not offended). They include email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and other social media, including a "get creative" category. The deadline for entries is midnight Eastern time on Thursday the 31st. Before you get started, open up a text document or blank email. You'll need to copy and paste links to save for later when you fill out the contest form!
  • Step one: Send an email to your favorite knitter friends
Update 8 January: We've eliminated this step and edited the contest prizes accordingly. We'll be deleting all current emails received to the CP contest email address as a result of this step. Of course if you want to tell your friends about us, that's fabulous, but we're removing it from this contest. Thanks.
  • Step two: share on Facebook
Click this link to go to the Cooperative Press Facebook page. If you haven't already, click LIKE on the page. Then go to this post (it will be pinned to the top) and hit "share" to share it on your timeline or your page. After you've shared it, click the timestamp and copy the browser address link from your browser window. Save this link for later, you'll need it. You can also write your own FB post about Cooperative Press and use it instead, just make sure you save the link.
  • Step three: tweet about this!
This one's easy. Click here to tweet about the contest. Now go to your Twitter stream, find the tweet and click the timestamp on it. Copy and paste the browser address link into the place you're saving your contest entries.
  • Step four: repin our Pinterest pin
Click here, repin, then choose "see your pin." Copy and paste the browser address link into the place where you're saving your contest entries.
  • Step five: reblog our Tumblr entry
Click here, reblog, then go to your Tumblr page. Copy and paste the link to the entry into the place where you're saving your contest entries.
  • Step six: bonus round!
Here's where you can get creative. Instagram, Google+, you name it. Take a photo of yourself reading a CP book or wearing something you've knit from it and post it to Instagram (use hashtag #CPbday), host a Google+ hangout, write a blog post about CP or one of our books. Whatever you choose, find a web browser link to it, and copy/save it so you can paste it in to the entry form.
  • Step seven: fill out your entry form
Go to this page and fill out the form. You'll paste in the links to your activity in the form, so have those ready. THANK YOU for making this our best birthday yet! We mean it when we say we could not do this without you. And now, the runner-up prizes: With the exception of the MOST CREATIVE award, all runner up entries will be randomly drawn from entries with the correct number of shares or more. So if you've done five shares, you'll also be qualified to win in the four, three or two-share category. Therefore, the more you share, the better your chances of winning! FIVE social media shares: $100, or four CP books FOUR social media shares: $75, or three CP books THREE social media shares: $50, or two CP books TWO social media shares: $25, or one CP book MOST CREATIVE (best of the 'bonus round' entries): $100, or $150 in CP books At the end of the contest month, we'll be sending out something special to the entire CP mailing list. If you aren't already on it, click here, and use that link to encourage others to sign up! Good luck! We'd send you all a piece of cake if we could, but iPad minis and cold hard cash will have to suffice. THE FINE PRINT: All decisions by CP regarding the contest and prizes are final, and subject to our discretion. Please be responsible internet citizens and don't spam: one posting per social media service will suffice! We'd like people to think "yay! CP! their books rock!" when they think about us, not "oh no, not those people..."

Our new Pinterest account and boards November 27 2012

Pinterest recently opened up business accounts to everyone, and as a long-time kinda-sorta-business user of the service via a board on Shannon's account, we of course signed up! You can follow us by clicking this button: Cooperative Press However, you might be interested to know a little more about some of the specific boards we've started to set up: My personal favorite board right now, though, is Indie Business. Here's where we'll pin items of interest to designers and other small businesses. We started off with the earlier post from today, because anyone selling online could set that up, too, and we've started adding some of the tools we use on a daily basis at Cooperative Press to make things easier on us. If you ever wondered how we manage to do as much as we do with a micro-staff and mini-budget, you'll find the answers here! (Hint: a lot of it is great software). Please join us on Pinterest and repin what interests you! We'll see you there.

Add our books to your wishlist in time for the holidays! November 27 2012

A lovely recent comment on our Facebook got us thinking about wish lists and the holiday shopping season. (Speaking of, thank you for making Cyber Monday such a great day for us and other indies yesterday! We sent out a $5 discount code to everyone who bought something from us yesterday). If you'd like to give your family/friends and those who are likely to be looking for shopping hints some help this holiday, why not use Amazon's Universal Wish List plugin? It is so easy to do, and you can put books from Cooperative Press on there even if they aren't listed on Amazon (for example, PDF editions). Here's how: 1. Install the plugin using these directions. It's as easy as dragging the button to your browser's bookmarks bar. 2. Go to our Shop page and find the book or books you want. You'll have to do them one by one. When you click the Add To Wish List button from your browser, this happens: (see full size image) A window pops up with the book in question (in this case California Revival Knits) and gives you a chance to include a comment, such as "I want the PDF version, please!" 3. Now the book will appear on your Amazon wishlist! (see full size image) 4. Make sure your wishlist is public or otherwise accessible to your friends and family (see upper left corner). Or, if you want to send the link to someone visit your wishlist (Amazon > Your Account > Your Wish List) and choose Share With Friends (it will give you a choice of email, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest). It will also tell you your list's permalink. In our case (the CP Amazon account), the link is -- we just use ours to keep track of equipment that might come in handy for doing fiber shows, if it seems boring to you! That's it! Easy peasy. The question we always get about digital gift copies... Let's say your mom or significant other wants to order you a digital copy, or make sure you get the digital copy you're entitled to as a result of buying the print + PDF package. After checkout, they'll receive a notification email that will direct them to a form so we can put it into your Ravelry library. So if you want maximum surprise, include your Ravelry name in the notes section on Amazon and tell your gift-givers they'll need it after checking out. They can always fill that in closer to the holiday so it doesn't spoil your surprise, or leave us a comment and tell us not to put it in your library until a certain date. This process might change when our new cart goes live but for the time being, that's the way to do it!

State of the Press November 19 2012 12 Comments

As you have probably noticed, the Cooperative Press author family has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past year, and we thought it was time to check in with you, our well-loved readers, to update you on the state of things from our perspective. It's been a challenging year, but we're doing our best to stay positive and keep bringing you the wonderful books you've come to expect from us. To paraphrase the inspiration for one of our first books, What Would Madame Defarge Knit?, these have been the best of times and the worst of times at CP. On the positive side, we have been publishing books we're very proud of, we've launched a new digital magazine, and we continue to be recognized more and more as a positive force in the industry. It means SO MUCH to us when we get to meet you at shows like Stitches, Rhinebeck and Vogue Knitting Live, to get feedback in person, to hear what you think about our books (and the state of knitting in general), plus so much more. We have told all our authors that we wish they could hear everything you tell us, both in person and online, because you really seem to appreciate that we offer a place for the creative, risk-taking work they do. Our sales numbers and our mailing list have been growing steadily this year. This is great. But there is a flip side. As you no doubt know, this is a very hard time for the publishing industry in general. Newspapers, magazines, and whole presses are shutting down left and right. Print publication has become prohibitively costly as the price of not only printing, but also the underlying paper itself continues to rise. It's a vicious circle. Many publishers are seeking ways to shift more of their market online -- an understandable and perhaps inevitable development. We are staying on the forefront of online craft publishing by working with developers like Sally Holt of the knitCompanion app, not to mention other projects that are still underway. (If you weren't at Rhinebeck, you may have missed the pre-announcement, but there will soon be a Cooperative Press-specific edition of KC, much like the Lucy Neatby special edition, featuring patterns from several of our books). However, we know that many of you still want paperback versions of Cooperative Press books, and we want to be able to provide this (though we are seeing a huge number of PDF-only sales as well, particularly overseas. Shipping isn't getting any cheaper either. This is another reason we've hired a new vendor to start converting more of our books to direct Kindle and iPad formats, too). We have had to make some tough choices that will allow us to continue to offer print as an option, to continue to print in North America instead of overseas, and to supply not only our direct customers like you, but also our wholesale customers such as yarn stores. (When one sells into a wholesaler, they receive a large amount of money off the retail price in exchange for the fact they typically order more copies at a time than a single customer does). The end result, after much research, debate and discussion, is that we have switched to a printer that uses a slightly different paper than our previous printers did. The covers are the same: heavy and high gloss, for durability. However, the interior paper is matte instead of glossy. (This is also a positive change from an ecological perspective. Here is some additional information on coated paper which illustrates this point). The paper is acid-free, high quality, and we have received excellent feedback on it at shows this fall. Switching over has been a small technical challenge because the paper responds differently to ink than the older paper did, and has caused some small color shifts, but we have been actively working on improving that issue. Another benefit to working with the new printer is that we can do smaller print runs, and therefore respond to errata fixes faster than ever before. No one likes to have errata in their knitting books, least of all us! The ability to fix those faster was yet another selling point for switching printers. The charts/schematics and other information you need to work the patterns are crisper and clearer than ever...we even had a few people note that the matte paper is easier to write on, if you're one of those people who like to write in your books! [Librarians and bibliophiles everywhere are gasping at that last comment — sorry, guys!] Also we can have books printed 5-6x faster than before -- even sent directly from the printer if we like, which comes in handy for yarn store and wholesale orders! We are sharing this with all of you because you are part of Cooperative Press' ongoing success. It's the whole reason we continue to survive while others shut down or shrink, and your book purchases directly from CP allow us to compensate our authors more fairly than any other publisher out there. Currently, we're gearing up for the holiday sales season, which is a challenge under any circumstances, and even more so for a company of 1.5 people. Yes, we are still only Shannon (publisher, full time) and Elizabeth (assistant editor, part time), plus a motley gang of fantastic freelancers -- tech editors, photographers and more -- and of course, our authors, who really put the 'cooperative' in our name by helping us and each other out in a variety of ways. But when it comes right down to it, Shannon is the only one in the main CP office day to day, and does about 85% of the book shipping herself when she's not responding to your emails and working on new books. Elizabeth works remotely from her home office in another state. We're constantly juggling to make sure everyone has what they need, and that you are getting the best possible service from us. Raising prices to accommodate the rising cost of print production was not an option, in our opinion. We'd rather look into ways we can give you loyalty discounts and other perks, as thanks for your role in helping the company grow. As soon as the holidays are over, we are going to do more work on that front. But please know that we love and appreciate everything you have done to get us to this point -- we just need your patience while we work out the kinks in our next stage of development. From the bottom of all our hearts, we thank you. WHAT YOU CAN DO Sometimes people ask what they can do to help CP continue to thrive. Here are some ideas...
  • preorder our new books when they're announced.
  • review our books on Amazon -- this helps people who don't know about us yet to find our books. Ditto posting reviews/etc on sites like Goodreads.
  • 'share' info about our books from our Facebook page into your timeline.
  • pin our books to Pinterest -- there are 'pin it' links, or you can repin from our book board here.
  • post projects you've knit from our books to Ravelry.
  • join our group at Ravelry and say hi!
  • email our authors if you like their books, or post comments on their websites! This means a lot to them! If you can't find their website, ask us (info @ cooperativepress dot com)
  • ask your local yarn store to carry our books, or bring in our authors for teaching/events
Thanks again. We look forward to continuing feedback from you.

Update on shipping times October 09 2012

The fall fiber show season is upon us, and with that, we're hitting the road! We'll be at Stitches East this week, Rhinebeck next week (we're having a party there, too!), and VKL Chicago at the end of the month. What does this mean for you? Well, obviously we hope you'll join us at these events, but since CP is a one-person-show when it comes to the office itself (our dear assistant editor Elizabeth works remotely from another state), this will have an impact on our shipping times. We're taking our postage meter on the road, and we'll do our best to keep up, but if you place an order for a physical title, it may ship more slowly than usual! Thank you for your patience during this hectic, busy month and hopefully we'll see many of you at these fabulous fiber shows.

More fall knitting books than you can shake a needle at September 25 2012

The weather is finally starting to cool down and the autumnal equinox has officially passed (this past Saturday) -- which means it's time for fall knitting! Here at Cooperative Press we have been working feverishly to bring you some gorgeous new books -- and issue 1 of our new magazine. This will be like the biggest show and tell ever. HOT OFF THE PRESS (LITERALLY!) Boys' Knits by Katya Frankel Prepare to be bowled over with the cuteness. We have two great books out this month for kids. First up is Katya Frankel's Boys' Knits, a collection of 16 sweater patterns that hits it out of the park. Boys are notoriously difficult to knit for -- boys' patterns generally are either too fussy to be worn or too boring to knit. But these are just right, with fabulous knitterly details that look classic and wear well. Katya's not only a talented designer, but also a genius at photography. Have you ever seen such natural, infectious smiles?   Tiny Treads by Joeli Caparco So now you have the kid warm on top. How about their feet? Another lovely UK-based designer, Joeli Caparco, brings us Tiny Treads, 12 sweet sock patterns for kids. Joeli provides a great range of projects -- from basic top-down and toe-up patterns that you can use for any fingering- or sport-weight yarn you might have lying around -- to beautiful one-of-a-kind projects to knit for special occasions (or just because you'd like to try out a new technique on a small project!). Like Katya, Joeli is a mother of boys, and she's provided plenty here for children of all sizes and genders.   Dishcloth Diva by Deb Buckingham And sometimes, as Kay Gardiner writes in the foreword to our next book, all you want to knit is a dishcloth. The dishcloth is a humble instrument, but a perfectly simple canvas for exploring color and pattern and texture. Whether you're a beginner or a more experienced knitter looking for great gifts, Deb Buckingham's Dishcloth Diva has plenty of potato-chip knitting to offer (you can't knit just one) -- 20 patterns in all. Inspired by modern design, Deb has kept the patterns clean, simple, and fresh.   Fresh Designs: Hats, edited by Shannon Okey Finally, we continue our Fresh Designs series with Hats, an exciting collection of 10 patterns in surprising, wearable, and fun-to-knit shapes. There's plenty here for the lover of the trendy cloche and pillbox styles, including Christa Giles' Lishton (pictured on the cover), Troche by Sarah Wilson / The Sexy Knitter, and the Beatrice Cloche by Erica Jackofsky / Fiddle Knits. And for knitters like me who love an unusual construction, you can't beat Woolly Wormhead's sideways take on the classic cabled hat.   OUR NEW MAGAZINE: KNIT EDGE Knit Edge issue 1 is here! Into the 72 pages of this digital-only magazine, we try to pack everything that we love to read and see: technique columns you can use right now, meaty features about knitting and crochet in art and history (yes, we miss Fiber Art magazine, too!), gorgeous photo essays on the places that inspire our craft -- and of course, patterns. Learn from Miriam Felton how lace knitting is like making jam... or from MK Carroll about how crochet came into the lives of her early-20th-century Japanese ancestors... or from Varian Brandon about how the gorgeous landscapes of Shetland inspired this cowl:   COMING SOON And there is so much more coming very soon! Just to name a few books that are nearly ready to leave the nest:
  • Essentials and Beyond: Kate Atherley's brilliant sequel to her Beyond Knit & Purl -- the perfect guide for beginner knitters who want to branch out into knitting simple designs from yarns of their own choosing.
  • More lovely sock books: Andi Smith's Big Foot Knits (finally, socks for the rest of us!) and a sock book for men from the lovely people at Unique Sheep.
  • Fresh Designs: Mittens and Gloves: Just in time to cover up those cold paws.
Will you be at Stitches East, Vogue Knitting Live, or Rhinebeck? Please come say hello to us at our booths there!

Issue one of Knit Edge magazine is available now! September 14 2012

Our new magazine Knit Edge is available now! Issue one just went out to subscribers, you can subscribe now or you can purchase single issues at the site or on Ravelry!

Did you know? We're on Etsy, too August 03 2012

This year we decided to open up a shop on Etsy as well to reach out to all the craftily-minded customers who shop there. We've been noticing a lot of people adding Market Yourself to their favorites, which makes sense since that's a perfect book for the typical Etsy seller to read! Know someone who sells on Etsy and might like a copy of Market Yourself? Send them to this link and tell them to use etsyseller as their coupon code for $2 off! (Or cut and paste: Favorite your favorite CP books on Etsy and spread the love! new Etsy.Mini(6634283,'thumbnail',5,5,1,'');

Time for a contest! Two contests, even! August 02 2012

We're trying a little something new here this month: a photo contest. Show us enjoying your CP books, or projects you've made from CP books, and more books! All of the above books, in fact. Here's the contest link: (Be sure to share it to your friends on Facebook, because for every friend that enters after you, you get an additional entry). Not on Facebook? That's ok. We've got another amazing contest coming up in the September issue of Knit Edge for subscribers. (If you aren't a subscriber yet, here you go). You can win a pair of the new Funky Knit Danskos just in time for peak fiber show season! Speaking of fiber shows, if you're headed to Stitches Midwest next week, stop by our booth (#631)! And if you're looking for something else to do while you're there... Good luck, and we hope to see you soon at Stitches, Rhinebeck, VKL Chicago and other upcoming shows!

Reversible Scarves is here + Makes for Men! July 27 2012 2 Comments

We're incredibly pleased to announce that Audrey Knight's book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is now available for download. If you preordered a print copy, you should also have a download link for the PDF in your inbox this evening. The actual printed copies will be shipping after 12 August (we expect them to arrive directly from the printer to our booth for Stitches Midwest, so if you didn't preorder and can't wait, we'll see you in booth #631)! A note for those of you who preordered: you just saved $3 per copy, because the price is going up as soon as the print copies arrive here! The book is rather longer than we anticipated at 134 pages, which caused its print price to go up. If you haven't preordered yet, you have until Stitches is over to get the current $26.95 price. Click, click! In other news, we're excited to announce that UK knitting magazine Knit Now recently featured six Cooperative Press designers/authors in their Makes for Men supplement to the July issue (#11). You can see all the patterns here on Ravelry. Thanks again to the authors of both current and forthcoming CP books for allowing Knit Now to focus on your beautiful work!

Knit Edge subscriptions, new books and updates! July 20 2012

Great news: we're finishing up final production on Reversible Scarves and Boys Knits (expect the digital editions to hit your inboxes soon if you've preordered!) and the preview issue of our new magazine, Knit Edge, has already been downloaded a few thousand times! We're getting great feedback on it, too. Last week, the first four books in our Fresh Designs series were released (MEN, SHAWLS, SCARVES and SWEATERS). Digital copies are shipping now, print will be with us and going out into the mail shortly. We can't even tell you how happy that makes us. There will be knitalongs and other activities launching soon in the Cooperative Press group on Ravelry, please join us there! Today we're excited to announce that subscriptions to Knit Edge magazine are now available! You can go here for a one year PDF subscription. There is also a recurring single-issue subscription option, which would be perfect for those of you awaiting the iOS app subscriptions. Those will be available directly via your Apple device: we'll update this post/announce when the app is online. Things that are fun: see what items Pinterest pinners have repinned from the CP website by clicking here. We've added this as a button to the sidebar so you can click it whenever you're wondering what's catching peoples' attention this week.

Needles and Artifice July 05 2012

More sneak previews from Needles and Artifice, by the Ladies of Mischief! We're excited to report that as soon as the Ladies started posting some of their individual pattern pages from the book on Ravelry, they immediately shot up into the top rankings for new patterns! This book is such an undertaking -- a combination of stories, patterns, and incredibly impressive photography. We're anxiously awaiting the time when we can put it up for preorder, but in the meantime, please click over and enjoy the photos and start adding projects to your knitting queue!

TNNA was a blast! July 03 2012 1 Comment

If you've been wondering why things seem so quiet over here, believe us when we say they are NOT, not by a long shot! We just returned from TNNA, the National Needle Arts Association tradeshow, where yarn store owners, designers, yarn companies and many more industry people gather together each June to sell knit-related things to each other. Oh, and eat ice cream from Jeni's. (It's a tradition, just like taking over the Hyatt's lobby bar to knit and chat each night). Imagine a convention center filled with yarn, knitting tools, and every knitting and crochet person you can imagine. Ok, now double that! We were fortunate to have many CP authors at the show with us, some of whom have written up their own posts about it. (Alasdair Post-Quinn, Audrey Knight, Anna Dalvi and no doubt others I am currently missing). The last day or so before the show was intense as we packed everything up, including galley copies of our upcoming books to show yarn store owner potential-buyers. We also had all new posters featuring images of items from upcoming books, and on Saturday, the big news was the launch of our new magazine Knit Edge, which as of today has had well over 2000 downloads. We got great feedback on the magazine, and on all of our upcoming books. Friday night was Sample It!, a chance for yarn store owners to walk away with cash-and-carry products. You can only have one special deal for them (which makes it easier to get them checked out during the frenzy of that hour), and in our case it was 3 books for one price. Immediately after that was Marly Bird's infamous Yarn Thing Designer Dinner...this year with a masquerade theme. Here's part of Team CP: Saturday night Craftsy held a great party -- here's a picture. Believe it or not, there was a lot of business getting done! And I love how the sunlight is hitting Lee Meredith's hair in this photo! We were very pleased to sponsor the 2012 Business Innovations Award... and all the more pleased that our friends from Shibui won! So, in short -- it was a lot of work but it was also a lot of fun. We introduced CP's books to even more yarn store owners and met lots of designers, yarn companies and other great people. If we seemed quiet it was just because an event of this magnitude takes a lot of prep to pull off! Many, many thanks to all the CP authors who came and helped, and particularly to Elizabeth Green Musselman, the second-in-command around here these days and the one responsible for helping Cooperative Press move forward even faster. We couldn't do it without her!

Cooperative Press in The $100 Startup June 08 2012

CP is featured in Chris Guillebeau's new book The $100 Startup, which we're quite pleased about (we even got mentioned on business guru Tim Ferriss' blog, which was a surprise and a joy). To celebrate, CP's publisher Shannon Okey is running a contest to win a copy of the book over at her site Knitgrrl, along with a short interview featuring Chris. Check it out!