AYes! My first piece of advice is: GO FOR IT. If you love to make things, if you feel you are really good at it, if you think you are producing some cool and unique stuff, go for it! Publishers want to hear from you. Their job is to find and launch new, innovative designers with fresh ideas. The process is not for the faint of heart (the deadlines, oh the dreaded deadlines) but it is worth the adventure! If you truly are interested in writing a book, I would start with three steps toward your goal.
1. Create a theme.
My first book (which is actually a box), the The Little Box of Baby Quilts, had a baby-quilt theme. ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs has a refashion/upcycle theme. Hop over to Amazon.comand check out their bestsellers in any craft or sewing subject; you’ll find they are thematically strong. Twenty super-cute patterns that aren’t really related to each other might be great, but they should probably be marketed as separate patterns. But how about twenty adorable, easy ways to make crazy hats for little ones? How about 20 different designs for, I dunno—pajammies!—using today’s array of amazing cotton prints? Specific, original techniques that make sewing/crafting easier or quicker are also bankable themes. Think hard about what you would spend $25 for; then hone your idea until you would spend $35 for it. (When it comes to publishers, exceeding expectations is a good thing.)
2. Put together a proposal.
There are lots of craft-book publishers out there; research which publishing houses would fit your theme best (find out who published your favorite books to get started). Most publishers have links online that will help you begin the process of preparing a book proposal (for instance, my publisher, Martingale & Company out of Seattle, has a link here.)
I think most people believe you must have an entire book, from the dedication to the index, completed before you can even submit an idea. Not so! Martingale prefers to have a certain number of sewn samples; examples of how you write and illustrate pattern instructions; a table of contents; and an extensive questionnaire filled out to be considered for publication. Other publishers have different requirements. Preparing a book proposal is no easy task. But once you complete it, you should have a strong vision of what you want your book to look like. And that is monumentally important because it will help you…