Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Merch by Amazon Request for More Information (Including Banking and Tax Info)

Hmm...I will have to ask my intellectual property rights and tax attorney what she thinks about this request for more information...

Message received from Amazon regarding my request for a Merch by Amazon invitation:

Dear Content Creator,
Thank you for your interest in Merch by Amazon. Unfortunately, we do not have enough information about you to approve a Merch account but we invite you to reapply using our updated application process. As part of this application, we will request tax and banking information as well as details of your background as a designer.
When you are ready, please visit merch.amazon.com to get started.
Thank you,
Merch by Amazon
This is what I originally sent as additional information via their previous application form:

Azure Lion Productions is the professional alter-ego of published artist and illustrator Richard H. Fay. Richard creates works inspired by history, myth, folklore, and legend. His cover artworks and interior illustrations have appeared in a variety of science fiction, fantasy, and horror publications. Items featuring his artworks and designs currently sell internationally through three different PoD sites: Zazzle, CafePress, and Redbubble.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Four by Fay: Four Fantasy Stories by Richard H. Fay Cover Design

BTW, I designed my own cover for Four by Fay: Four Fantasy Stories by Richard H. Fay. I used my "Fairy Dance" artwork, which I had originally created to go with my story "Father Ryan's Fright", along with my "Celtic Knotwork Band" (x2), appropriately recoloured. I think the end result looks quite professional.



Four by Fay: Four Fantasy Stories by Richard H. Fay Kindle Edition

FOUR BY FAY: FOUR FANTASY STORIES BY RICHARD H. FAY is now live in Amazon's Kindle Store!
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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Crazy-Net Strikes Again: I'm Neither Logical Nor Grown-Up, Apparently!

Gotta love the insanity of internet discussions/debates!

In a recent crazy-net thread about climate change, a commenter mentioned anti-intellectualism in America. I immediately thought of Isaac Asimov's famous quote about America's "cult of ignorance", and couldn't help but to share it:
“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
― Isaac Asimov
In response to my posting of that quote, another commenter said the following:
"...so I can quote Tolkien on the horrors of war. Now is it possible for 2 grown ups to discuss climate change logically?"
My response? This:
"What's your point? Seriously.
"Yes, please do quote Tolkien about the horrors of war. I think Tolkien, who fought in WWI, might have known something about the horrors of war. Arguably, Tolkien's experiences serving in the British army during World War I inspired The Lord of the Rings.
"Grown-ups, especially educated ones, actually do their research."
I then posted a link to a BBC article entitled "Tolkien's Grandson on how WWI Inspired The Lord of the Rings", followed by a link to an article discussing how "Anti-Intellectualism is Killing America".

I also pointed out that Isaac Asimov was more than a writer, that he was also a highly educated scholar, and that others besides just Asimov have talked about anti-intellectualism in America. If that makes me a non-logical non-grown-up, so be it!

Although Asimov was an educated scholar as well as a science fiction writer, it's apparently not "grown-up" to share his quote about anti-intellectualism in a crazy-net discussion in which another commenter said "I can't believe the level of anti-intellectualism in this country."

I'm turning the big 5-0 later this year, my daughter is a full-fledged adult, and yet some people still insist on treating me like a child. Really, folks? Incredible!

That's the crazy-net for you!

BTW, a couple more links to articles discussing anti-intellectualism in America:

The Daily Beast "Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism"
HuffPost The Blog "America: Dumb and Dumber"

And, just for the heck of it, a link to an article about scientific consensus regarding climate change:

SkepticalScience "The 97% consensus on global warming"

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First Zazzle Sale of 2018!

And now I've seen my first Zazzle sale of 2018! 'Tis just a sale of three postcards, but a sale is a sale is a sale!

SOLD through Zazzle (via a 3rd party) and being shipped to a recipient in Fort Bragg, CA: three Fairy Dance Postcards.

First PoD Sales of 2018!

Yesterday, I saw my first PoD sale of 2018, on the very first day of the year!

SOLD 1/1/2018 through CafePress (via the CafePress Marketplace) to a customer in KY, US: one Thistle Sticker.
(I'm hoping 2018 will be the year my CafePress sales finally recover from the slump they had been in ever since I reworked my CafePress shop over a year ago.)

Today, I saw my first Redbubble sale of 2018...

SOLD 1/2/2018 through Redbubble to an admirer of art in New Zealand: 1x Sticker of Scottish Thistle & Saltire, Size Large (8.5" x 6.8").

Still waiting for my first Zazzle sale of 2018.

December PoD Stats

My PoD sales/referrals stats for December 2017:

Zazzle - 38 sales (several of which were of multiple items), 1 cancellation, 0 referrals.

CafePress - 7 completed orders of a total of 31 items, 1 pending order of 2 items, 0 cancellations.

Redbubble - 12 sales (none of which were of multiple items).

In 2016, my stats for December were as follows:

Zazzle - 31 sales (several of which were of multiple items), 1 cancellation. 0 referrals.

CafePress - 2 completed orders of a total of 2 items.

Redbubble - 4 sales (none of which were of multiple items).

Perhaps I'm still not quite up to the 3-4 sales per day that some PoD designers claim to see,  but I still did better in December 2017 than I did in December 2016. I saw a slight increase in Zazzle sales and I more than doubled my CafePress and Redbubble ones. Since my November 2017 sales were also up as compared to my sales in November 2016, I would say I did better overall during the 2017 holiday shopping season. It's always nice to see an increase.

Here's hoping the upward trend continues into 2018!