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?
I do recognize that 95% of the world does not want a subway poster on their wall. But, I’m only looking for opinions here… an honest opinion.
Do you think that Janeites…(no, probably NOT the hardcore Janeities)… but people like me, an *Austenite, surely they would like something like this on their wall? Perhaps not necessarily in their living rooms, but perhaps in a home office space or “woman cave?
As for the prices. I’m thinking about offering two versions of this poster in my Esty shop: a budget-friendly version for around $15.oo (see my subway poster post below this one to view what the $15,00 poster will look like). The $15.00 poster will be on regular white paper. The other offering, a higher-end version, will be around $60.00 and will be a crisp, inky-black print on heavyweight linen paper. The difference: the first one will be matte and second one will be gloss.
Look at it closely–do you see what it is I’m trying to convey in the “message”? Do you “get” it? Am I balmy?
Yes, I’m probably balmy. 🙂 Plus, please check my spelling as I had a near fatal disaster by misspelling Blenheim… which is sad considering I’ve been to Blenheim twice.
So, anyway, let me know what you think, tell me where and if I went / am going wrong. I even want you to tell me if it stinks, yes really, just tell me….
THANKS a bunch, I really do appreciate it!!
*Austenite: Not altogether up on their book facts, but has read all the books (well, most of them) only once (or perhaps, twice), knows the dialog better from the films; probably has seen all the films several times. Knows all the actors in the films. Can tell you more facts about the actors than the books. Has never taken the “pilgrimage” to Chawton or Winchester (or similar) and nor is she/he like to. Is up on a lot of the Jane Austen personal facts, but does not possess a scholarly turn of mind. (i.e.: Jane’s motivation for writing her clergymen as “figures of fu