This photo tutorial will show you how to use secondary sources to create a Ravelry eBook with two or more patterns. This way, you can offer special discounts for pattern sets or combine free blog patterns into an eBook, so you charge for PDF pattern sales...
If you already have your pattern listing on Ravelry, proceed to Step 2.
If you are unfamiliar with creating a listing on Ravelry, my friend Rhondda over at Oombawka Designs has a tutorial here: Learn How to Add Your First Pattern to Ravelry.
Go to the listing you wish to add a pay PDF version or add to an eBook. Once there, click on the pencil icon at the top of the listing, or below the navigation menu to edit the listing information.
Call it "Collection Title" or "Collection Title Ebook" or whatever you'd like to call the PDF version of the eBook – it just needs to be unique.
Then, make sure the first source (the blog or shop source) is selected as the primary source – this will ensure your listing stays searchable as free if it's free on it's own or make sure that the individual pattern download price is listed.
Once you have added the new source or sources, type a quick note in the bottom field to say "adding a source", click save and continue to Step 3.
You only need to have ONE pattern listed on Ravelry, to START creating your eBook and add the PDF for it – this is helpful for those patterns you wish to release individually on your blog, but make the complete eBook available right away.
IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST have a minimum of TWO designs in a source because only one counts as a duplicate pattern and this is not permitted on Ravelry.
Simply repeat this step as you publish each pattern to Ravelry and it will automatically include that design in the eBook source page.
When you have your PDF uploaded and all the details set up, proceed to Step 4.
If you are unfamiliar with adding PDF downloads to Ravelry, see my tutorial here: How to Add PDF Patterns to Sell on Ravelry.
This step will cover editing the secondary source's link – the link you can direct people to see more information about the eBook.
To do this, you will first need to go to the eBook link. There are several ways to to get there:
- Option 1: If you are going straight there from Step 3, simply click on the Title Link that comes after the Included eBooks section.
- Option 2: If you want to edit the details directly after Step 2 or get to the source from the main listing, simply click on the Source Title at the top next to where it says "Published In".
- Option 3: You can also get to the source from the main listing after you have activated the PDF by clicking on the number of patterns included in the eBook box that shows up in the top-right sidebar of the listing.
Here are the links to look for...
Click the "save source" button at the bottom of the page when you are through editing details.
Click on the "Photos" tab of the listing's navigation menu. There you can upload one or more photos that people can browse. The first one uploaded, is the one that will display on the eBook Ravelry listing link. All others will only be visible in the photo's tab or on the individual pattern design pages.
See here how there is now a main photo for the source on the left (this will show on the overview, patterns and discussions tabs) and this page will show all the pattern designs included in the eBook...
Now you know how to use sources to make an eBook to sell on Ravelry!
There is just one little note I would like to add...
**See the source of the eBook from this tutorial here. Click on the patterns included to see what they look like with additional sources.
Plus, learn How to List Ravelry Patterns for Free & Sale, so you can charge for PDF sales of free blog patterns and have them searchable as both!
Thanks so much for visiting today. Hope to see you again soon!