Well, now that my throat’s clear, I’m happy to announce that the nautical sweater (arrrgh) was well received by CO.
It’s funny – I make the design, get the commission from a venue, receive the yarn, write the pattern and knit the garment and send it off. Then I worry. I worry that the editor won’t like the finished garment, that there are details that aren’t what was expected, or that the editor is having a bad day and hates everything that comes in that afternoon.
It’s nice to get a “your sweater’s cute” note along with a request to purchase another design and an article. Woo hoo!
And, as I was just discussing with fellow parent and free-lancer Tomm at the bus stop, waiting for the money is murder. One can feel so rich when selling the designs – then my checks start bouncing…
Generally the rule of thumb with most magazines is they won’t pay until the sweater runs (usually about a year after they purchase the design). And many magazines have a ‘no run’ clause that states if the sweater doesn’t run for ANY reason (lack of room in the mag, editors choice, etc.) then a reduced fee is paid.
The upshot is until a magazine actually goes to press I can’t count on receiving the fee – and even then it may take months and months to actually get the check in my hot little hands. Glamorous, no?