Monday, October 5, 2015

Just Hit Send...Knit & Crochet Design Call For Submission and Yarn Support

It's one of those things, where the initial idea is amazing. The swatch is beautiful, but as the sketch progress, doubt creep in. Is this good enough? Is the idea being conveyed well enough? Then the worst kind of doubt rear it's head: Am I good enough?

We have all been there. No matter how many emails I receive that a design was accepted, the doubts and fears still creep in. I am plagued by inferiority and feelings of personal judgment. The bottom line is that these editors are looking to say yes. I need to make their lives easy by being clear and leaving little room for guessing at my intentions.

I've been listening to Tiffany Han's podcast Raise Your Hand Say Yes. I was first introduced to Tiffany this summer during her CreativeLive classes. Her class, The Easy Yes: How to craft an effective pitch, is my all time favorite because from it I gain so much confidence to pitch my ideas to yarn company for yarn support and design opportunities. There is something about Tiffany; the way she breaks things down and made everything seem doable was inspiring. Something she says a lot that sticks with me is: You will figure it out. You are the type of person that figures things out. And that's true for many of us.

We can figure it out!

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This weekend, I had to dig deep within myself to reach that person in me that figure things out for a couple emails I had to send. These were not life shattering emails in the grand scheme of the world but in my world, trying to make a living doing this fiber thing, these emails were nerve racking.

One email was for yarn support from a yarn company I've have admired for a really long time - a giant in the fiber industry. This was scary because I fear they might remember me. I've submitted design proposals a couple times for their Call for Submission and have been rejected. Those rejections hang over me as I type the email. Will they remember my submission and reject my request because of my rejected design ideas?

Sure, you read on the Ravelry designer forums that a rejected design is not a rejection of you... your design just wasn't a fit for the collection. Yeah, my head gets it, but my heart bleed every single time those rejection emails come through - it's getting a little easier to separate myself from the design, but they are sort of my babies. I feel as if I am being rejected!

So I hit send. I close my email. I close my laptop. I walk away... and wait, trying not to restart the computer, open email, and hit refresh over and over to see if they've responded in the 5 minutes since I hit send.

Right now, Tiffany is running a year long coaching program, 100 Rejection Letters 2.0, starting October 2015. This has inspired me to take up the challenge of getting 100 Rejection Designs in 12 months, starting right now!

Will this be scary? ABSOLUTELY. But it's just emails. I know I have what it takes to create beautiful knit and crochet designs. I just have to be brave and JUST HIT SEND...

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