Today’s episode is a double header. I’m interviewing Kara Gott Warner, host of Power Purls Podcast, and she’s interviewing me! Read on for more details and then have a listen to both episodes.
About Kara Gott Warner
Kara is the Executive Editor of Creative Knitting magazine. She began her career in the yarn industry as a knitting designer in 2002. Kara’s designs have been published in several magazines, including Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Family Circle Easy Knitting, and Interweave Knits. Kara has also worked as a technical illustrator, working with craft book publishers such as Random House, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing and F+W. Kara joined Annie’s Publishing in 2008 as knitting book editor, and she became the Executive Editor of Creative Knitting and Annie’s knitting publications.
Kara’s also a podcast host! Her first show, the Morning Cooldown is a seasonal program that is currently on hiatus. Knitters and yarn industry folks may prefer her latest show, Power Purls Podcast, where she loves to dig deep and ask those burning questions about what turned her guests on to the “two sticks and fiber,” in the first place, and what keeps their needles moving.
About the interview
Kara shares an editor’s perspective on the magazine design submission process, along with tips for increasing your likelihood of getting a design accepted, and how to build a strong relationship with a magazine as a freelancer.
We also talk about the importance of networking within the industry, developing multiple streams of income, and using morning rituals to increase your productivity.
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Resources mentioned in this episode
Kara recommends the following books:
- The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod,
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert,
- Jocelyn Glei’s Make Your Mark, Manage Your Day-to-Day, and Maximize Your Potential,
- Designing Knitwear by Deborah Newton,
- Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden, and
- Sweater Design in Plain English by Maggie Righetti.
Take Handknit Garment Design, an online class with Shirley Paden on Craftsy!
You may want to listen to these back episodes of the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show for more discussion about topics addressed in this episode:
- Episode 1: Identify the Right Magazines to Target for Your Article, Tutorial, and Design Submissions
- Episode 43: 10 Tips for Attending (and Getting the Most Out of) Your First Blogging or Social Media Conference
- Episode 49: How to Submit Crochet or Knitting Design Proposals to Magazines
- Episode 56: 6 Income Streams for Yarn-Related Businesses
- You can find Kara’s interview with me on Power Purls here.
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