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I thought today, "It's best to respect everyone, while maintaining a healthy disrespect for all their opinions."

Perhaps it only works in relation to art, however.

At any rate, the final twenty thousand words of this book is taking longer than I thought, which is why the blog has been a bit quiet. The priority running into the end of the year is to finish it, then begin hunting around for a new agent and so forth. Once that is happening, new things can be written.

The girl and I have shifted markets, moving from Glebe to the Rocks, where tourists are bussed in, and I have made friends with a woman who sells cheese boards. The process to get into the Rocks Market was a little more intense, involving submissions, interviews, and the like. There are a few markets like that and it's nice to get into them, but in the same way, they have to prove themselves. So far, we've been a bit underwhelmed by the Rocks, a sentiment shared by everyone that we talk to. However, I did see a guy who made 'steampunk' jewelry out of old watches, pulling them apart for the gears, cleaning them up and then mounting them, or setting jewels in them. It's a pretty simple idea, but really quite impressive, and worth the look if you're into that kind of stuff. Still, for us, it has been a bit underwhelming, but hopefully it'll pick up. We're at Kirribilli Market in a couple of weeks, and then at the Glebe Street Fair, so hopefully all these things will work out well. Still, it's an up and down life, this marketeer, thing.

If I owned a press, I reckon I'd be at these markets, though, I have to say. You can sell books at these things and if you had enough diversity in your line, you would stand a decent chance to make a profit, and to reach an audience that you don't usually come into contact with. One of the things about selling Above/Below among all the photography is the diversity of people who buy it. It's been enough, actually, to make me consider reprinting 26lies, and perhaps doing some small, one off projects, just for my own amusement. Not that I have the time or money for it at the moment, mind you.

But isn't that always the case?

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jack_ryder
Oct. 25th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I've always thought markets would be good places for small presses. Especially if they've got bookmarks with the URL of the publisher (for the other books) included.
benpeek
Oct. 25th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
yeah, totally. you'd need to be established, though. like, one or two books wouldn't cut it, I don't think--but if you had anywhere up to a dozen titles to lay across a table and look good, you'd be in a good spot, i reckon.
kaaronwarren
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
I love that guy selling the steampunk stuff! Hubby has two sets of cufflinks, daughter has necklaces. Beautiful stuff. Interesting family story, too!
And yes, good idea re: books. Especially if you had visiting writers every now and again.
benpeek
Oct. 25th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
yeah, you could do a bit with it. but there's no doubt that if you worked five days a week, it'd be another day of working, of sinking money into your press. one of the things you got to do, though, i suppose.
kaaronwarren
Oct. 25th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
You would have to do the numbers. But nice to have that interraction with readers.
benpeek
Oct. 25th, 2012 05:11 am (UTC)
yeah, there's a lot of potential for it.
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