The Next Big Thing: Creating A CraftSanity Zine

Hello everyone. What have you been up to? I’ve been busy recording interviews, documenting life with my camera and making plans for the next big thing. After years of talking about it, I’m working full steam on making a CraftSanity zine. If all goes according to plan, I will be distributing a winter issue. It’s exciting and overwhelming to be in the process of creating a publication that can be anything I want it to.

Now I just have to decide how to fill up all those blank pages and I’d love your input.

Send me a note if you have ideas or suggestions because I value the opinions of all of you who have inspired me to continue doing what I do. I’m trying to create a publication that will be a print and digital extension of CraftSanity and I want you to love it, too. I’ll be writing about getting cozy this winter, great books, inspiring people, handmade gifts, portable hand craft, comfort food and family traditions. But this publication can’t rock without reader/listener participation. So tell me what you’d like to see  between the covers of the first issue and I’ll do my best to deliver.

I have a lot of work to do in the next month, but I’m assembling a talented team of contributors to help me turn this dream into a reality. To finance this project, I am accepting advertising from handmade businesses and suppliers. Email jennifer (at) CraftSanity.com for rates and opportunities.

I’m also rounding up a selection of “great finds” so if you know of a crafty product or service you think I should feature, by all means tell me about it ASAP!

I’m working on a tight budget, so I’m interested in any and all cost-saving DIY publication production tips and tricks that any of you may want to share. I’m grateful for the encouragement I’ve already received from those who heard me talking about making a zine during a recent podcast after show. (Thank you!)

It’s funny to think that I’m finally doing this. I mean, I’ve dreamed of creating my own publication since I was a little girl scribbling in a notebook before I could write actual words. But I’ve hesitated on this for so very long. The same goes for my book dream. But I think I’m finally ready now and I hope you will join me on this next grand adventure.

Or, at least check back here to see how it all shakes out.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering. The podcast is not going away. In fact, the creation of a new publication is actually part of my strategy for getting the podcast back on a regular schedule. It’s a complicated plan, so you’re just going to have to trust me on this one.

Ok, so now I want to hear your ideas. Do you have a “cozy” craft tutorial or exciting feature to pitch? At this point anything is possible and that’s pretty awesome.

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