The Yates Farm Yarn Sale Aftermath - Find The Cats If You Can!
Crochet design definitely has it's ups and downs. One of the major downs in the rejection letter. I received 5 of these last month, which naturally caused me to question myself. What was I doing wrong?
Enter one very helpful mentor. Anyone interested in becoming a crochet designer should join the CGOA and apply for a mentor. Without her, I probably would have given up completely. Instead, I am now looking forward to the next batch of submissions.
I emailed my mentor, then, at her suggestion, I mailed the rejections to her. She went through them and identified my weak points. Then she emailed me a sample of what her submissions look like. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this particular case that is very true. One glance at her attachment and everything she had told me over the phone clicked. I got it.
I learned that submissions are a lot like resumes - whoever looks at it should find what they are looking for at a glance. This is something that I have to work on. Due to the encouragement of my mentor, I am now re-energized and have direction.
Competition among crochet designers is fierce due to the limited number of publishers. Thus, there are far more rejections than acceptance letters. I am not alone, and the rejection no way indicates my designs are crap. I simply need to convey my ideas better.