Woman proposes and the Art Gods chuckle gently and send her scrambling.
Let's roll the tape:
- There were problems with the materials.
- There were problems with the tools.
- The original designs did not work.
- Eighty-five ornaments were pretty quickly winnowed down to fifty at the quality control stage.
- The original mailers did not arrive until the day the ornaments were supposed to be released for sale.
- They were too small.
- One proposed substitution was so expensive to mail it would have either resulted in a 50% price increase or scrapping the product.
- A workable solution was reached late last night.
What was the common denominator to all this? You're reading her art blog right now.
I sat down to a warm mug of tea and some post-mortem grumbling with Dave. This Dave, who is one of the Daves I know I know, is a friend who works with small businesses for a living. Keeping creative people from running away to Kentucky to live in a hut and raise goats is one of his superpowers.
"2018's ornaments will be easier."
He was so sure of this. My unsaid response was something akin to, "This is why men shouldn't be OBGYNs," but I wisely settled for, "Uh hum."
"Seriously, it will. You're already ahead of 75% of the people who try selling their craft or artwork. Makers fall by the wayside for a number of reasons. They don't get finished in time, or they make mistakes by not asking the right questions in the first place."
For those of you who might be wondering, there are two simple questions to ask yourself about anything you're considering making to sell:
Would I buy this?
Would I pay what I am asking for this?
The answer to both is, "yes." According to Dave, I'm good to go.
Today I'll take pictures and prepare the listings on Artfire. Tomorrow, the ornaments go up for sale.
So my November First release date is now November Third. Maybe three is a magic number. I hope so.
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