I am very upset right now. Belle Armoire -- a magazine you may have heard of -- has published an article based on my Booga Bag pattern and given me no credit. Despite the fact that the editor of the magazine told me that she would.
In her first email to me Sharilyn Miller, the editor of Belle Armoire, says:
"So this is why I'm writing to you now. I don't want to publish Jenny's article without your permission. Her bag differs slightly from yours--she casts on 20 stitches, for one thing--but it is essentially the same bag."
So obviously she knew this was just a smaller version of the Booga Bag. I was nice about this though and agreed that she could publish the article if I was given credit. Ms. Miller replied:
"Here's my idea. Jenny has not actually written the article yet, as she says the instructions are very simple and she first wanted to concentrate on making several bags "in progress" for our photography sessions here. But her bag does differ from yours in that it's smaller; she casts on 20 stitches instead of 34. Since she's made several bags at this size, she'd like to write the instructions reflecting how she makes the bags. However, what we'd like to do is say that we gratefully acknowledge the original designer of the Booga Bag, Julie Anderson of Black Sheep Bags, etc. in the introductory paragraph. We'd also like to list your business contact info in our Resource Guide. And I would also like to list your web site in my sidebar on felting pattern web sites (I've found about six sites so far). And I would like to offer you a free one-year (six issue) subscription to Belle Armoire, if you are interested in that."
As you can see, I wasn't looking to get rich from this. I agreed to her terms, believing that the mention in the article and the magazine's sidebar and resource guide would hopefully bring me some business.
However, this is not what happened. They wrote the article, never once mentioning me or the Booga Bag or Black Sheep Bags. In fact, several weeks ago, I emailed Sharilyn Miller to tell her that I hadn't heard from her and couldn't wait to see the article. I also mentioned that I hadn't received any issues of Belle Armoire.
So, while Pete, Maddie & I were browsing in Borders after a pleasant meal at Noodles & Co., I found the magazine and the article. And now I am angry.
Is it because I'm on the internet? Because I have a blog? Because I published my pattern on the web? Because I'm *just* a small business owner? Does that make it less "my property" and more something that people can take without permission? I don't know, but I won't stand for it.
If you feel the same way I do about Ms. Miller's blatant disregard for our agreement, please email her and let her know.