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I have some news for you today. This is behind-the-scenes news that I thought I wanted to share with you. You might remember that I told you that this quilt was going to be published in a magazine.
I told you that this quilt was going to be published…
…and this one too.
Well, things have changed. I don’t know what the fate of these will be long term but for now, I know they won’t be published in the magazine that had previously made a commitment to them.
Things in the publishing world aren’t as glamorous as they appear to be from the outside. One might think it’s a huge honor to have a quilt in a magazine…and it is…but it’s a publicity thing, not a monetary thing. I’ve known that for a long time. Designs really get paid a pittance for their designs when they are published in a magazine.
Each magazine has its own guidelines and contracts. They range from $600 to $400…at least that is the range for the magazines that I have worked with. Some magazines require complete instructions along with the quilt…some require a rough draft.
I had submitted these quilts to the publisher who typically offers $400. It wasn’t a lot but I thought it would be a great way to get the quilts out into the world.
The history of this contract when working with this company was that I’d give the rights to the quilt and I would write a pattern. Then last year after I said I no longer wanted to write the pattern, I was given a pass but still got the $400. Nothing was ever said about changing the pay because I was no longer writing the pattern. I was still paid $400.
I was so hopeful for that and excited to be working with the publisher.
The company made a verbal commitment to the three quilts I showed you asking me to hold them until they were ready to publish them in 2023. I was fine with that.
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted and asked to send a quilt. Along with that email came a contract. I was no longer being offered $400. I was being offered $250. The other $150 was going to the person that would be writing the pattern.
I thought about that for a few days and then decided no. I wouldn’t do it.
Just think about it…$250 is a joke. $400 was a joke.
Sure, I get to keep the quilt in the end…but no-I wouldn’t sell myself.
In that price, I also have to pay the $20 in postage to send it to the publisher. So that means $230. I did the math. If I could make the quilt in 40 hours- (that’s ambitious as I would have to design it, curate the fabric, cut it out, sew it, iron it, make a backing, longarm it, and bind it) I would make less than $6 an hour. No thanks.
I’ll sit on the quilts instead.
What I find comical is that the pattern writer would get $150. I think a pattern writer could write the pattern in 3 hours…$50 an hour. WOW.
I’ve been submitting quilts for years…likely about 10 years. In all of that time, I have never had a raise in the amount of money I was offered for a quilt. Think about everything else that has gone up in price. SERIOUSLY- Every single thing has gone up in price but not payments to a designer. It’s sad. You can bet every person working at the publisher has gotten a raise. You can bet that you are paying more for your subscription. Yet, designers, the real heart of the magazine, get no raise.
I wrote an email saying I was out and wouldn’t be sending my quilts. I explained why. I was told the price of paper has gone up so they can’t pay designers more. I smiled and put the email in my trash.
Oh well. I might have burned a bridge but seriously, at that rate of pay, it’s not a bridge I want to cross.
So, I apologize to you all. I said these quilts would be published in a magazine. They won’t be published in this magazine.
I don’t have a specific plan for the quilts at this point. That’s okay. They can sit where they are until I figure out what if anything I want to do with them…but I did think it’s only fair that I share the news with you that they will not be in the publication. I know several of you had subscribed because I said these quilts would be featured. I feel terrible for misleading you but I am sure you understand why I can’t accept $250 for the designs.
Again, my apologies.