Yesterday, I blogged about the start of my journey to the promised land. i.e. My novel been published.
Today, I am going to blog about something I am doing that hopefully will help me later after the book is published. It is kind of like preemptive strike in the marketing war, that is I am going to design my own jewelery, pens, t-shirts, etc… that will go on sale a couple of month’s before the book is released but the great thing is that it will either be inspired by the book/characters or it will be direct promotion for the book.
I, personally, think the best place of doing this is Vistaprint which is global and a great plus it that you can pay by Paypal. Then all you do then is make a shop on Ebay to sell your stuff. Granted, some might think that this might be a bit of a hassle but if you are already an Indie Author then what is another a couple of hours a week to do this. Also, there is a upfront monetary cost but you could easily make that back if you do you sums right.
Say you design a T-Shirt that works out that you have to pay $9.99 (which I know sounds a lot) but if put that same T-Shirt on Ebay for $10.99 and you charge say a dollar more for shipping (after you have worked that out) you have already got $2.00 profit. Which can’t be sneezed at, can it?
Here is just a small selection of what you could use to promote/market your book;
* Cotton Bags
* Luggage Tags
* Sticky Notes
* Mouse Mats
* Invitations and Announcements
* Pet Gifts
* Custom Buttons
* Teddy Bears
* Weekly Planner
Sure, you won’t get rich but what is more important. You seeing someone wearing the T-shirt you designed or you not bothering in the first place because it costs money upfront and it is too much hassle? I know which I would choose.