Don’t faint, but I going to talk about Pride & Prejudice for a moment.
(Sorry, Trek buddies, but I need to leave you out of this discussion… but you’ve had all of my attention for nearly a year now…OMG! Has it REALLY been a YEAR?)
Anyway, back to my Austen mates… (remember, this is for market research)
I don’t want to talk about P&P, the book, but the realm of things connected to the events in the P&P, the story, that might be of interest to you as an Austen consumer.
I know that a lot of you liked the t-shirt ideas and at first I was all for making them, but the thing about t-shirts… they require a HUGE outlay of upfront cash… and I do NOT have a HUGE stash of upfront cash.
First, you have to buy the shirts, and then you have to think about the color of shirts and the cut of the shirts, then there is the entire range of sizes to consider and who you will offend by leaving out, and then there is a minimum quantity you have to purchase before the screen printer even begins to take you seriously. So, what it boils down to, unless I have an investor with deep pockets (and no, this is NOT a post where I’m begging for an investor) the t-shirt business is currently out of my reach in both cash and sanity.
I hear you all saying: well, what about Zazzle and Cafe Press? Those models, while good, are not the model for the type of quality of shirt that I want. I want screen-printed shirts… a totally different animal and printing method. I’m not saying that I will never do t-shirts, but for the time-being that idea is tabled.
Which brings me to my second point: take a look at this photo:
A nice comfortable reading nook. A bit masculine and leathery, though.
Now, try to imagine something a bit more stylish.
This is probably more my style, but work with me here for a moment.
Now, taking all of this into consideration, think about Pride and Prejudice again, think about that first photo again, and, more specifically, think about that subway poster on the wall.
Now, take a look at this… Could you see this in your home or a friends home?