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.