Knitty Magazine Conflict Of Interest?
August 10, 2011 2:25 PM Subscribe
My wife wants to take a class about how to get a knitting pattern published in Knitty, a huge online knitting magazine. She's tempted to take the class but is rubbed the wrong way because the class is done by Amy Singer who is the the owner of -- Knitty! It's not a "How to get your pattern published" class, it's a "How to get your pattern published in Knitty
" class - run by Knitty.
posted by Gerard Sorme to sports, hobbies, & recreation (42 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
When she told me about this workshop and how it was run by the owner of the magazine, I was quite taken aback. I voiced my problems with it and she then told me it "rubbed her the wrong way too" but said she really wants to have her pattern in Knitty. I told her that's the whole problem with it and she agreed. It would be like Doubleday holding workshops on "How To Be Published by Doubleday." I know that wouldn't go over well.
Her problems are two-fold:
1.) The obvious. The owner of Knitty.com is offering paid classes on how to get your pattern published in the magazine that she owns.
2.) Preferential treatment to pattern designers who take her class? Let's say a slot came down to two patterns. But, one of the patterns is by a designer that has paid for a class on how to be published in her magazine. Even with the best intentions, would she not likely - even subconsciously - favor the person who has already paid her money?
My wife loves Knitty. But this bothers her and after our discussion, I thought I would throw this one to AskMe. Does this sound like a racket? Does it pass the smell test? Are we the only ones that find the whole idea of this just.....well....just wrong?