Thursday, September 14, 2017

A 3-for-3 Day!

It's a 3-for-3 day! I've seen sales today in all three of my PoD stores (my Azure Lion Productions Zazzle Store, my Azure Lion Productions CafePress Shop, and my Richard Fay Redbubble Shop). This is the first time I've seen a 3-for-3 day in quite a while, especially since my CafePress sales took a significant downturn.

Sold 9/14/2017 through Zazzle to a customer in Congleton, England: twenty sheets of Tudor Rose Stickers.

Sold 9/14/2017 through CafePress to a customer in NY, US: one Thistle Sticker.

Sold 9/14/2017 through Redbubble to a customer in the UK: 4x Sticker of Thistle, Size Small.

Selling Stickers

I think it funny that, while I seem to sell more stickers than anything else, some PoD artists/designers simply refuse to sell stickers at all, apparently because the royalties on stickers are so low. I suppose these PoD artists/designers figure that customers will buy more expensive items if stickers are unavailable. However, I'm not sure it really works that way. Additionally, what those refusing to sell stickers don't get is that those low royalties do add up over time. They add up even quicker when selling multiple quantities. Just today, I sold one "Thistle" sticker through CafePress, four "Thistle" stickers through Redbubble and twenty sheets of "Tudor Rose" stickers through Zazzle. As long as it clears, I'll be receiving over $8.00 in royalties for that last sale. That's not bad for just stickers!

It would be foolish of me to refuse to make stickers available through my stores.

Friday, September 1, 2017

August PoD Sales Stats

For those who pay attention to such things, my PoD sales stats for August 2017:

Zazzle - 11 sales (several of which were of multiple items), 0 cancellations (compare that to August 2016, when I saw 9 sales, again some of which were of multiple items, and 0 cancellations).

CafePress - 4 orders, 7 items total sold, 0 cancellations (compare that to 2 orders, 2 items sold, and 3 cancellations, in August 2016).

Redbubble - 5 orders, 11 items total sold (compare that to 10 orders, 13 items total sold, in August 2016).

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

THE SECRET SOCIETY OF PIGS AND DEAD DINOSAURS

With a thunderous roar
The terrible lizard laughs.
Stomp on the tree ferns!

Here we go a wallowing
D
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   n
in the pig pits.

Brontosaurus footsteps
Precede the savage storm.
The primeval jungle trembles.

Stuff your face with slop.
Long live the belching boar!

A comet blasted the behemoth.
A dark cloud covered the sty.
The ruling reptile lost his throne.

All hail!
The overly exalted hog!

Where is Tyrannosaurus now?
Covered in miles of petrified muck.
The sow is inspired.

A pig, is a pig, is a pig,
But a pig by any other name
Is a dirty, disgusting,
Homo sapiens.

Copyright © Richard H. Fay

This one scored a 2.5 in the Poetry Assessor!
http://www.poetryassessor.com/

Poetry Assessor Results

I entered some of my published poems into this poetry assessor: http://www.poetryassessor.com/

I figured most of my poems would score low, and I was right, especially when it came to my dark poetry:


  • "What Greets Me At The End" (originally published in the May 2011 Issue of Cover of Darkness) scored a -1.3.
  • "Life is the Life" (published in The Monsters Next Door, Contest Issue 4.5, November 15, 2008, Scattered Verses, Moonlit Curses Horror Poetry Anthology, May 2009, Aphelion, October 2011, and Night to Dawn 27, April 2015 Issue, February 2015.) scored a -0.7.
  • "Souls Adrift" (published in Fear and Trembling, April 8, 2010, Aphelion, May 2011, and Dark Metre, Issue 17, December 2, 2012.) scored a -2.8. (Please note that as this poem has fewer than 80 words the score should be interpreted with caution.)
  • "The Damnation of Daniel Brewster" (originally published in The New Bedlam Project, Vol. 1, Issue 1, April 2009) scored a -1.7.
  • "Corpse Candles" (published in the June 2008 issue of Niteblade, Lost Innocence: A Niteblade Anthology 2007-2008, and  Deadman's Tome, October 2010.) scored a 1.8.
  •  "Gathering of the Dead" (published in Tales from the Moonlit Path, Halloween Issue, October 2009, House of Horror, Issue #17, Halloween 2010, and Cover of Darkness, March 2012) scored a -1.6.


I also tried some lighter pieces:

  • "Galactic Road Trip" (originally published in Tales of the Talisman Volume IV, Issue 1, Summer 2008, also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, October 2008.) scored a whopping 3.1.
  • "Amongst Faerie Oaks" (originally published in Abandoned Towers, Issue #4, November 2009) scored a 1.5. (Please note that as this poem has fewer than 80 words the score should be interpreted with caution.)
  • "The Brownie" (originally published in FrostFire Worlds, Issue 1, August 2013, and also published in also Aphelion, July 2015) scored a 0.1.


Thinking maybe my low scores are due, in part, to low word counts (my poems tend to be on the short side), I tried my longest piece to-date, "Shroudeater" (published in Hungur, Issue 10, Walpurgisnacht 2010, Thirsty Are the Damned: A True Vampire Anthology, December 2011, and Night to Dawn 25, April 2014 Issue, February 2014). Alas, that one scored a -0.9.

I tried one more long dark poem, "Never Ending Struggle" (originally published in Death Head Grin #39, October 2012 and also published in Aphelion, Issue 198, Volume 19, August 2015), and that one scored a -0.1.

It seems this assessor didn't like my dark poetry. Strange, I always thought my dark verse was my strongest verse.

Anyway, regardless of what this assessor said, my poems were good enough for the various editors who published them. That's all that really counts. (At least some of the poems I entered were published multiple times.)

BTW, since someone suggested the assessor is set up to assess contemporary poetry, not "olde" poetry, I entered my more contemporary dark poem "Your Bloody Face" (published in Tales from the Moonlit Path, Issue 9, February 2008, Scattered Verses, Moonlit Curses Horror Poetry Anthology, May 2009, and House of Horror, Issue 9, Special Valentine's Issue, February 2010). That one scored a 0.2.

I also tried three more science fiction pieces. Interestingly enough, they tended to score higher than my dark poems:

  • "Holiday on Phreetum Prime" (originally published in Star*Line, March/April 2008 and also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, October 2008) scored a 2.6.
  • "The Birth of Sentience on Aggraboth V" (originally published in The Fifth Di..., Edition 10, #1, March 2008 and also published in the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, October 2009) scored a 0.6.
  • "Cosmic Journey" (published in The Sword Review, September 3, 2007, the on-line version of Abandoned Towers, August 2008, and While the Morning Stars Sing, ResAliens Press, August 2011.) scored a 1.9.

Now for a bit of irony: the poem of mine that at least one critic bashed for its archaic language, the poem of mine that received a low overall rating over on the Every Day Poets site, "Winter Crows" (published in Every Day Poets, March 10, 2009) scored a 2.2. Could the relatively high score be due to the fact that it's one of my rare forays into mainstream poetry? Hmm...

Guess again! Another of my mainstream works, "Life's Waning Season" (published in Abandoned Towers, Issue #7, November 2010), scored a -4.1!

I even tried a couple of poems by other poets. I went with two of my favourites: Poe's "The Raven", and Blake's "The Tyger". Both scored a 0.5.

I'm calling "bullshit!" on this poetry assessor!

Of course, the poetry snob who (while in the midst of a drunken tirade) called me a poetaster might actually agree with the assessor's assessment of my poetry. wink

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

New Azure Lion Productions Business Card Design

I added my new business card design to standard cards over at Zazzle. I had to make a few minor adjustments to the bottom layers and expand them to cover the bleed area. Just now, I put in my order for my free pack of cards. They should be on their way soon!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Recent Sales

I don't think I've posted about my recent sales in a while, so I figure it's time I did.

Sold 8/6 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in Fort Worth, TX: 20 White Rose of York Keychains.

Sold 8/11 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in Fort Worth, TX: 20 White Rose of York Keychains (that's 20 more sold to the the customer as above).

Sold 8/19/through Zazzle to a customer in Waukesha, WI: one sheet of Polish Eagle Square Stickers.

Sold 8/20 through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) to a customer in Manchester, NH: one Lighthouse Air Freshener and one Irish harp Air Freshener.

Sold 8/6 through CafePress to a customer in PA, US: one Lion Rampant Gules Sticker.

Sold 8/6 through CafePress to a customer in ON, CA: a total of four Polish Eagle T-Shirts.

Sold 8/12 through CafePress to a customer in PA, US: one Thistle Sticker.

Sold 8/14 through CafePress to a customer in CA, US: one Thistle Sticker.

Sold 8/14 through Redbubble to a customer in the UK: 1x Sticker of Scottish Thistle & Saltire, Size Small (95mm x 76mm).

Sold 8/14 through Redbubble to a customer in the US: 1x Sticker of Thistle, Size Medium (5.5" x 4.7").

Sold 8/15 through Redbubble to a customer in the US: 3x Sticker of Thistle, Size Small (3.5" x 3.0").

Sold 8/19 through Redbubble to a customer in the US: 2x Sticker of Red Rose of Lancaster, Size Small (3.0" x 3.0"), 2x Sticker of White Rose of York, Size Small (3.0" x 3.0"), 2x Sticker of Tudor Rose, Size Medium (5.5" x 5.4").

Obviously, stickers remain among my most popular items, and my "Thistle" (either on the saltire or by itself), "Polish Eagle", and heraldic roses remain my most popular designs.