I’m currently working with a large publishing house to create a felt kit. The kit will be in stores next fall. A few months ago I wrote about how I decided to take this project on and now that I’m nearing the halfway point I thought I’d give you an update.
The first deadline was an outline for the booklet manuscript and a list of the projects I was proposing to create. I’m working with a book packager for this kit so I send everything to them, and then they send it to the client who provides feedback.
I don’t like to wait until to the last-minute to do anything (when you have three kids inevitably someone gets sick or keeps you up all night) so before hearing back I jumped in and began designing my favorite project on the list.
This turned out to be a good thing. Two of the projects will be kitted which means the supplies will be included in the box. Instructions and templates for the other eight will be included, but they won’t have supplies. So the two kitted projects are really crucial. The publisher came back and wanted to swap one out and it was my favorite one! I took a picture of what I’d been working on. We sent it to them and they loved it so not only did I get to keep it in, it will be one of the two kitted projects.
The second deadline was to create the patterns, instructions, and samples for the first three projects. With one under my belt I was feeling good. The second one wasn’t too hard and the publisher accepted it as is. The third one, though, has been causing me a lot of strife. It’s the other kitted design and I’ve made four prototypes so far, each of them rejected by the publisher for various reasons.
I had a hard afternoon on Friday and may have written a line in an email about fearing that I’m simply not a good enough designer to pull this off. Not my finest moment. Sometimes design by committee can make you feel very down.
I reworked the design again on Saturday night and we have a conference call about it on Monday afternoon. I know I’ll get it accomplished. It’s a good stretch for me to have my work critiqued this way, even if it hurts sometimes. The fourth and fifth designs are nearly done and the sixth is in prototype stage.
Right now I’m sending small samples of the supplies and exact measurements so that they can be sourced overseas. That process is fascinating in itself. I’m also excited to see the packaging.
I continue to have a lot of enthusiasm about the project and I’m glad I took it on. My original deadline of December 20 has been extended into early January which is a relief, although I do plan to finish everything early just in case.