Episode 28: Indie Craft Fairs, Negotiation, Freelancing, the Hazards of Etsy and More with Grace Dobush

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Indie Craft Fairs, Negotiation, Freelancing, the Hazards of Etsy and More with Grace Dobush on Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show

This Week’s Episode

I interviewed Grace Dobush, a full time freelance writer and part-time crafty business owner, in this week’s episode. Grace and I talked about many topics including prepping for your first indie craft show, deciding whether Etsy is the right online marketplace for your craft business, tips for starting up as a freelance writer in the craft scene, negotiating for a higher rate, and more!

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About Grace Dobush

Interview with freelance writer, Grace Dobush, on Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show.
Grace Dobush.

Grace Dobush is a freelance writer and a part-time crafty business owner. She is the organizer of the Crafty Supermarket, an indie craft show in Cincinnati, Ohio; author of the Crafty Superstar craft business guides for part-time business owners; and the maker of smiley poop emoji ephemera.

You can find Grace online at the Grace Dobush website and on Twitter. Crafty Superstar has its own website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, and is also available through Grace’s author page on AmazonCrafty Supermarket is also on Facebook, Flickr, G+, and Twitter.

About the Interview

I’m a volunteer book reviewer for the Crochet Guild of America‘s blog and late last year, I received a review copy of the 2015 Crafter’s Market: How to Sell Your Crafts and Make a Living from Fons & Porter/F + W Media. (My review will be coming out on the CGOA blog in the near future, and I’ll update this page with a link when that happens.) Since this book is the first Crafter’s Market, I wanted to interview one of the contributors, and Grace was happy to oblige.

2015 Crafters Market

In our interview, we talked about the topics covered in Grace’s two chapters in the 2015 Crafter’s Market, “Indie Craft Shows” and “Pricing Your Work.” We also discussed Grace’s February article in WIRED, “How Etsy Alienated Its Crafters and Lost Its Soul” and Etsy’s recent announcement about filing a registration statement for an initial public offering (IPO). I referenced a recent discussion with Beate at Patterns Tried and True about whether Etsy is the best online marketplace for yarn crafters, as well as an interview I did with Alexandra Tavel from Two of Wands on Etsy that I’ll be sharing on the podcast next week.

Grace also shared her tips for getting started as a freelance writer in the crafting space, as well as her philosophy on negotiation.

What is your experience with craft shows? How have you identified the right venues for your business? Leave a comment below, Tweet me at @cyeshowadd me to your G+ circle and send me a note, or leave a message at 646-713-8973. (You can call me for free through the Contact page.)

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