Jess Hutch.

Saturday, November 12, 2005

out

Hi there. I have sold out of this batch of booklets. The good news is I'm getting more on November 21st or 22nd (sometime around then). I'm going with a different printer this time, someone local and very friendly and helpful. I have found that this is crucially important - the last printer did an incredible job, they look great, but I really had a hard time with their customer service. There was just no communication at all.

If you have already placed an order through paypal, I have a booklet for you. I didn't take any orders for booklets I didn't have.

Some folks have asked why I'm not taking orders in the meantime. I have considered this, but have decided that I need the booklets in my hands before I can feel comfortable actually selling them. That way, if something goes wrong at the printer, or whatever, I don't have to scramble to let people know they're coming late.

I'm new at this, and I'm learning! Self-publishing been really fun and incredibly educational.

What I've learned, and can pass on to you:

* it really helps to actually meet your printer. Talk to him or her, and look around the shop.

* order more copies than you think you'll sell. Even if they sit around forever, it's not like they'll expire or anything!

* get organized. Have a system for everything - image storage, orders, etc. It will save you a lot of time in the long run.

I'll provide more as I learn more.

8 Comments:

At 10:28 AM , mamaloo said...

Wow! A third printing! How wonderful. A big fat congratulations from a satisfied customer.

 
At 11:01 AM , laura r. said...

thank you for sharing your learning information. this means a lot to folks like me.
i am glad this is so successful of an endeavor.
i hope you are bustin' with pride.

 
At 7:46 PM , Anonymous said...

Congrats on your first book success!
:-)
Snowbear

 
At 8:22 PM , Rhelynn said...

Love the pictures of your knitted toys - they have so much personality!

 
At 2:50 AM , Jen said...

I'm looking forward to receiving my copy! :)

I am curious - how many have you sold now?

Jen

 
At 9:59 AM , Kira said...

I spent yesterday knitting your bunny pattern (or most of it!). I love the pattern (even if I have to use DPNs) and am very pleased with the bunny so far, although I think that I got the face embroidery upside down.
Looking forward to my little booklet that I managed to order last week!
How many booklets to you get per print run??

 
At 10:30 AM , Lizette said...

Congratulations and thanks for the tips. It's always good to learn from someone who's been there.

 
At 6:10 PM , Leslie said...

Ooh, Jess, I received your booklet today. It's too cute! I can't wait to dive into several of the projects...I just have to decide which will be first. Thanks again!

 

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