GAL2018 Designer Tasks Checklist
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GAL 2018 Designer Tasks
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Dates & Announcements Thread in the GAL Planning group:https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/gal-planning/3837393/
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Time Zone Converter: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.htmlPlease note: the GAL is run on US EST
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Before Sign-Ups:
Please be sure this is all done BEFORE November 14, 2018
Ensure you have at least 10 non-free self-published patterns in your Ravelry shop. You must have these patterns available BEFORE you sign up!
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Choose Sale Patterns: 10-20 single self-published paid for (not free) patterns, to be featured in the sale portion of the event. Be sure to release any patterns you want to include in the sale before signing up.
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Create Collage or Other Graphic for Participating Designers Thread (see tutorial): a square image no smaller than 500 x 500 pixels to showcase your shop. https://www.ravelry.com/groups/gal-planning/pages/500-x-500-huh-Fotorcom-Collage-How-To
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Thinking of changing your name, business name, or Ravelry username? Please do it before you sign up or after GAL2018 is finished.
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Donate any physical prizes.https://www.ravelry.com/discuss/gal-planning/3832564/
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Download copy of GAL 2018 Participating Designer Requirements or save to your google drive.https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Jjvwb58wJ9yYkKLPS1JtaSw4n49m5BQJD3hcF1okOcM/edit?usp=sharing
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Create Sale Bundle (see tutorial): The sale must be for no less than 10 and no more than 20 single self-published paid for (not free) patterns. No changes can be made after you register to be a participating designerhttps://www.ravelry.com/groups/gal-planning/pages/How-To-Bundle-2
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Create Sale Promotion (see tutorial): Discount will be 25% off. The discount code will be giftalong2018 This code should only apply to the 10-20 patterns that are included in your sale bundlehttps://www.ravelry.com/groups/gal-planning/pages/How-to-create-the-coupon-code-for-the-sale-period
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Create Individual Coupon Codes for Electronic Prizes (see tutorial): Start date and time this year is November 23, 2018 at 8pm US EST, and end date and time is February 28, 2019 11:59pm US EST. The codes must all start with your Ravelry username followed by the random letters and numbers that Ravelry inserts. Please remember to add new releases to this promotion as you release them, as winners are told the code is good for all of the designer’s single self-published patterns. https://www.ravelry.com/groups/gal-planning/pages/How-to-create-single-use-individual-coupon-codes
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Sign-Ups: We will open sign-ups at 10 am (US EST) on Wednesday, November 14th, and they will be closed at 10 am (US EST) on Friday, November 16th. Sign up to be a participating designer:
Fill in registration form (link coming when sign ups are open), then follow the link you will get after signing up to post in the Participating Designers thread.
To fill out the registration form you will need:
Link to your bundle
6 Individual coupon codes for electronic prizes
10 for sale (not free) patterns in your Ravelry shop
To have set up the **giftalong2018** sale coupon for the patterns in your bundle
To post in the Participating Designer thread you will need:
Your Name (the name at the top of your Designer page, not your shop)
Your business name linked to your designer page NOT to your bundle or Rav shop
Whether your patterns include "knit", "crochet", or "knit and crochet"
One 500 pixel by 500 pixel photo that respresents your patterns
Please note that posts not adhering to this may be edited without notice.

Not having these things ready to go could result in your not being able to register to be a participating designer in the GAL
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Advertising Starts: Wednesday, November 14thPromote the GAL: E.g. Post about it around Ravelry and on your blog and other social media; encourage people to join the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group; buy GAL advertising on Ravelry.LINK WILL BE ADDED AFTER THREAD IS UP
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Wednesday, November 21st by 8:00 pm US ESTMake sure your sale bundle is Featured and not hidden.Open bundle, click "edit bundle", click "edit details", make sure that the box "Feature this bundle?" is checked, click "Save changes" in the lower right.
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Sale Week: Friday November 23st at 8pm (US-EST) to Thursday November 29th at 11:59 pm (US-EST)Participate In + Promote the GAL: Join a KAL/CAL, chat in the chat thread, do some cheerleading, ooh and ahh over the FOs. Help promote the GAL by talking about it in your groups, around Ravelry, in Ravelry advertising, and on your blog and other social media platforms. Whatever you are comfortable with is fine, as long as there is some level of participation.
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End of Sale: Thursday November 29th at 11:59 pm (US-EST). If you will be asleep at this time then do these things either before you go to bed the night before or first thing in the morning when you get up.Remove any graphic or written references to the sale: Replace ads that contain sale info with ones that don’t; remove any sale info from pattern descriptions, bundle covers, etc.
Hide bundle to avoid participant confusion as to which patterns are GAL eligible
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GAL: Until Tuesday, January 1, 2019Participate In + Promote the GAL (see above)!
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Until mid January 2019Check in and read the Planning group several times a week. Please try to read the Important Dates & Announcements thread daily
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