What Stace had to say on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
All the Craziness and stuff

Here is my panel schedule for Dragon*Con 2010:

Title: Surprise! You’re Dead
Description: Death, ghosts, and the afterlife in fantasy fiction.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Love Rots
Description: Zombies in erotica and romance.
Time: Sat 10:00 pm (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Out of the Coffin
Description: Open vs. hidden worlds in supernatural fiction.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm (Length: 1 Hour)

I know, I know, what a wild schedule, right? Sigh. Anyway. Since that schedule leaves my days completely free, and since there is nothing I hate more than wandering around a con feeling superfluous, I was thinking–well, I was thinking of it before too–of perhaps planning some kind of meet-up in one of the bars, maybe Saturday afternoon? Or any day, really. So if anyone is going to the con and wants to do that, let me know.

Also. I have, as you know, been putting a lot of thought into the t-shirts lately, which I’m happy to do and am really enjoying. But here’s my problem, and it’s one of choice, basically.

If I order the shirts and resell them, I can keep the cost down to about $12 or so. But, ordering them myself and reselling them means that I have to pay for all of the shirts up front, so I can really only afford to do one design, one style, one color. No babydolls, no color except black, no long-sleeve t-shirts, and only one design. Like the Chuck’s shirt would be the only one available for a while, until I make enough money off of them that I can afford to order some with a different design. But it will still be only one color one style of shirt. So a better price, but not much selection at all.

On the other hand, if I go with someplace like Zazzle, the shirts would be more expensive (Zazzle is cheaper than Cafe Press, but it’s still in the $18+ range) but I’d be able to upload three or four different designs to choose from, and of course you could pick what style of shirt you want, and what color. So if you don’t want to wear black you could get a blue one or a red one or whatever. If you want long sleeves you can get them. That sort of thing. The idea of being able to offer some variety really appeals, but I honestly feel weird about the shirts costing so much. That just seems like an outrageous price to me, even though everyone keeps telling me it isn’t. The object of this is to have fun, after all, and I don’t want to price the fun out of everyone’s budget, because that’s not fun at all.

My husband and I were thinking this morning that we could also do some limited edition runs on occasion. Those would come directly from us, but would be, well, limited, and once they were gone they’d be gone. So you’d have the basic designs on Zazzle but then some extra stuff a few times a year or whatever.

Am I overthinking this? I know I probably am. My husband says I am. And I’m sure most of you wish I’d shut up and just do something already instead of whining and asking questions all the damn time. But I just want to make sure everyone gets what they want, and at a price they can afford.

So if you do have any thoughts, feel free to share them, either here or through email or on Twitter or whatever. And I promise I’ll make a decision and stop my incessant flip-flopping and questions very soon. And if you’re going to Dragon*Con and would like to come to a meet-up, let me know that too, and what day and time might work best for you.

I’ll be back tomorrow with Part 2 of How Babies Are Made.

14 comments to “All the Craziness and stuff”

  1. Jessica (Spinecracker)
    · August 25th, 2010 at 12:27 pm · Link

    My vote is for Zazzle. I like the idea that you can make it v-neck, long-sleeve, another color etc. This would also save you all the hassle of shipping around. $18+ is nothing as far as price. Honestly, think about how much we spend on books each year :mrgreen:
    There’s my 2 ¢

  2. Anilu Magloire
    · August 25th, 2010 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Zazzle it is!!! Believe we’re all gonna dish the $$ for a Downside Ghosts t-shirt for sure. I know I am.
    Plus, that way I get to make more t-shirt logos and that’s just too much fun for an über fan like yours trully.

  3. Missy Ann
    · August 25th, 2010 at 12:54 pm · Link

    I gotta say Zazzle too. I love me my baby doll shirts. I’d buy a $12 boy style if it was only option, but I probably wouldn’t wear it much.

  4. BernardL
    · August 25th, 2010 at 12:59 pm · Link

    If Zazzle means you won’t have to front the money, I think that is definitely the best choice.

  5. midnightblooms
    · August 25th, 2010 at 1:37 pm · Link

    I vote for Zazzle because of the style and color options. Also it frees you up to have multiple designs and you don’t have to put up the costs for the shirts.

    $18 is not a bad price. I’ve seen them for twice that and that didn’t include shipping.

  6. ManaChelle
    · August 25th, 2010 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Zazzle gets my vote ➡ Im steadily trying to get to ATL for the con that would be so great! Though right at this moment I’d be happy to be at any bar…. :roll:

  7. Synde
    · August 25th, 2010 at 2:23 pm · Link

    I say go for zazzle!!! :)

  8. Karen
    · August 25th, 2010 at 4:16 pm · Link

    I love LOVE Zazzle. Go with that. Customization is worth the cost.

  9. Michele Lee
    · August 25th, 2010 at 5:18 pm · Link

    I like both options, so that you’d have stock for signings or cons, but people could get variety too.

  10. Pamk
    · August 25th, 2010 at 8:11 pm · Link

    Zazzle’s or you either would work. And I would love to meet up wth you at Dragoncon. I seriously need to get the schedule and figure out when and where I wanted to be lol.

  11. Marie
    · August 27th, 2010 at 4:57 pm · Link

    First I have to say that I’m really enjoying your posts on publishing. I’m not part of the publishing business in any way (other in that I read books ;)), but it’s still very interesting to get a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes. I’m the kind of person who loves listening to the audio commentaries for movies and tv shows, and this is kind of like that. 😀

    As for the t-shirts, I think I’m on Team Zazzle as well. It made me kind of giddy to think of the possibility of choosing the model I like best. I also like the fact that I might be able to order more than one design at a time. For one, I won’t need to wait until all the t-shirts have sold until I can get another design. And also, because I don’t live in the US, it might actually be cheaper in the end to order from Zazzle since I can order a couple designs at the same time and save on shipping!
    And it would save you the extra work of having to ship the t-shirts. On the other hand it would be really cool to get them directly from you. :-)

  12. Chelsea / Vampire Book Club
    · August 27th, 2010 at 10:37 pm · Link

    I’m throwing in for Zazzle, too, for a few reasons.

    1. It’ll allow you to have more than one design and provide more styles — which means people will wear them more often.

    2. Fronting the money on your end kind of sucks. I know that’s how business works, but still, sucks.

    3. There are always coupons out there for $10 off or 10 percent off or free shipping for Zazzle. Just remind people to hit RetailMeNot.com beforehand so they can get a discount.

    Hope that helps.

  13. Moonsanity (Brenda)
    · August 28th, 2010 at 10:25 pm · Link

    Zazzle sounds good. I don’t think you should put the money up front either if you don’t have to. People do like to pick what they want– and can’t you have options like hoodies, hats and such too?

  14. Amanda
    · August 29th, 2010 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Team Zazzle for me 😛
    Just to answer the meet-up q: That sounds like a hell of a lot of fun, so it’s a shame I’m British…

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