I suspect GGC could be a great place to do some market research for your book.
(The "badass" aspect sounds good to me, too!)
You would be great
as a panel moderator or participant. You have so many intelligent and thoughtful ideas to offer (especially compared to the crappery that is often heard at those things) plus you pose excellent questions. I can understand this year not being right but I hope to see you doing something like that in future.
Thanks for the blog offer. Not sure I will have anything to add to your own POV - that remains to be seen.
Thanks, too, for the offer of booth help. I am feeling pretty defeated this morning by the mounting legalities and logistics so right now my Vendor status is looking a bit doubtful (at least in my stressed-out brain
). Regardless of whether I end up there as a merchandiser, I am going to go. I've got to tell you, though: for two of the friendliest countries on Earth, Canada and the U.S. each make it difficult to do business with the other. That is particularly true when you are a small company. You'd think the two governments wouldn't care that much about artists and craftspeople doing a really limited amount of selling in the other country, but they most certainly do.
I can wade through reams of bureaucratic red tape otherwise known as Import/Export Documentation for both Customs agencies, so I can get the merchandise out there. As a Canadian, however, I can't sell
it - only be there as "the artist". No exchange of product and money (in any form) can go through my hands. The options: I get the brand out there by promoting the company/products/webstore by showing samples; I take orders to process and ship from Canada when I return home; I can hire a U.S. citizen/representative/agent to sell for me; or, well, I'm not going to consider the other obvious option although many Canadian crafters do and get away with it.
Much as I really want to do this, it is giving me serious brain pain today.
My website is 95% finished. I've got to get some more jewelry made and properly photographed in order to publish it. My online store won't be open for another month or so but I'm trying to hurry that up because I already have people wanting those dog tags (now known as "Space Tags") - quite a few young people. BTW, I started stamping the backs of those - what fun! I'm wearing my first practice one. It just says FAN GIRL and has a pink galaxy on the other side with a pink chain.
I've got to get/make a jig, though, to keep the letters in line while I punch them.
Need. Someone. To. Take. The. Business. Aspects. Off. My. Hands. **Headdesk**