Books and Information Products
For the Infopreneur Model, the digital download platform I plan to use is Gumroad. For clear, helpful online courses about creating and selling digital information products, I recommend the ClickBank University program.
EBook Self-Publishing Secrets is a detailed, useful information package about creating and selling e-books on ClickBank.
If you need the services of freelance writers, book designers, illustrators, etc. you can look for freelancers or submit projects for bids at 99Designs.
CreateSpace is the self-publishing service for creating printed and Kindle books that you can sell on Amazon.com, your own website, or at your in-person lectures and workshops.
Although its focus is limited to a portfolio-type book, How to Self-Publish Your Own Quilt Catalog provides a good overview of the self-publishing process on CreateSpace and helpful worksheets for organizing a quilt book's content. Services for publishing photographic quilt portfolio books include Snapfish, Heritage Makers, and Blurb, which includes options for selling your book on the Blurb website as well as Amazon and the Apple iBooks store.
If you decide on traditional self-publishing for your book or you want to publish books written by others, check the very helpful resources of the Independent Book Publishers Association and these books about self-publishing.
For commercial quilt book publishers, check their websites for author guidelines, such as those provided by Martingale and C & T Publishing. For more details and advice, check these books about commercial publishing. An in-depth look at the process and value of working with a commercial publisher is presented in this CraftyPod post.
If you are interested in extending your garment patterns into fashion design, take a look at this fashion business mentoring program.
Produce and sell quilting DVDs on Amazon.com through CreateSpace.
Learn about producing YouTube videos that attract an audience and earn advertising revenues through the free training offered in the YouTube Creator Academy and in these books about earning an income on YouTube.
The book you must have if you want to create and sell quilt and sewing patterns is: Publish Your Patterns. It’s a comprehensive guide to all of the steps for publishing, selling, and distributing patterns, and it includes extensive examples of materials.
Another useful book, especially for online pattern sales, is The Insider’s Guide to Starting an Online Sewing Pattern Business.
The starting point for many quilt designs is the Electric Quilt software. Design individual blocks and complete quilts, experiment with colors, load images of actual fabrics, create a quilt from a scanned image, and more. Known among quilters simply as EQ, it has long been the software of choice for quilt pattern designers.
Another software package to consider for investment is Quilter's Creative Design. This software offers extensive tools for creating and printing quilting designs and pantographs (including text in a variety of fonts).
To create illustrations, manipulate photos, produce PDF booklets, and add security to your PDF documents you can do an online search for low-cost tools. But for professional-grade products, consider a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud Service, which offers the latest versions of the highly regarded Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, and other products.
American Patchwork & Quilting magazine often features articles about quilt and fabric designers.
The Quilt Pattern Designers Collective Group on Yahoo.com offers an online discussion forum for learning about quilt pattern design. (Be sure to read through the archives for valuable information.)
This Pattern Writing Blog series provides a good introduction to the process of developing a quilt pattern, with insights from several quilt pattern designers.