IT IS NOT PERSONAL !!!
Even though I am a long-time knitter and crocheter and I get lots of uhs and ohs for my designs from family and friends (advice: take it with a grain of salt), I am a newbie at the publishing side of things. And when some of my first designs got accepted right off the bat, I thought, this is way too cool!
I can tell you, it was quite a shocker when the first rejections started to trickle in, especially for designs I really believed in, took a while to develop and were cute.
For example, one of the rejected designs were my "Bed Buddy" hot water bottle cozies that my two boys were totally crazy about... a sure sign that the design is viable.
|Turtle, Lady Bug, and Bear hot water bottle cozies|
After a few days of being bummed out, I gathered my wits and tackled the rejection note to see if I could use it to improve on my design:
- I carefully re-read the rejection wording to get a better understanding for why it might have not worked out
- Made a short list of possible design improvements
- Took stock of the yarn color choice for my swatch
- Switched from a hand-drawn schematic to a computer drawn one
- Took a critical look at the photo quality
- Re-evaluated the magazine or website style to ensure (a better) fit for my design idea
- Decided to spend more time on developing a story to "sell" the design
- ... and resubmitted
So there I watched my boys enjoying their Bed Buddies and being constantly reminded that this design has failed me so far.
|Bed Buddy prototype|
And what a hit it was! It not only got accepted by Knit Simple Holiday 2010, but it also made the cover!!! And it was selected for a kit as well!!!
|Made the cover of Knit Simple Holiday 2010!|
(Knit Simple Holiday 2010, photo by Paul Amato)
All the best to your design efforts.