Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Review: Pricing Crochet Fairly for Maximum Profit

By M. J. Joachim
From a writer’s perspective, Pricing Crochet Fairly for Maximum Profit, by Sedruola Maruska is a bit of a stretch. If you can get through the riff-raff and unnecessary chatter, however, this book certainly has the potential to be helpful for marketing your talents as a crochet artist.
Maruska shares some intriguing formulas and interesting ways to determine how to price your crochet items. She also covers almost every way imaginable to profit from your talent and skills as a crocheter. Unfortunately, she’s a bit inconsistent in that department, offering you formulas in one part, and making excuses for not offering them in another.
The tone of her book is bothersome, to the extent that she’s almost too familiar, and seemingly talking down to her readers in parts. Yet the information she shares if valuable for anyone taking it with a grain of salt. I don’t know. You’d have to be really, really good to mark things up as much as she does.
As for family and friends – there’s usually an occasion to give your work to them, and crochet does make a wonderful gift for those who appreciate it. I’m not advocating working for free or anything; certainly, if someone inquires about having you produce something special or actual pieces, you can determine a fair price to do so. But charging because you don’t work for free, when you can just give them a hand-made scarf for their birthday seems a bit stingy, if you ask me.
All things considered, I will recommend this book with reservations. It’s a good starting point for determining how to price your crochet work, and to explore the many ways available to profit from crochet. But it’s certainly not a hard and fast reference tool for determining the value of your work and what you do as a crocheter.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches, and thank you for your patience in my absence. Computer woes have finally been solved now. I’ll look forward to seeing you again soon.
M. J.
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