I'm double...no, triple excited to share this new book with you, The Handmade Marketplace, by Kari Chapin.
One: because I illustrated and lettered the cover, as well as the book's section openers!
Two (and far more important and interesting):
The book really is an honest-to-goodness, exhaustive handbook on selling handmade - gathering good advice from certifiably smart cookies I like very much, such as Ashley, Amy and Matt from Etsy (and lots more). It addresses an impressive breadth of questions and concerns, both general and specific. The topics range from the creative/making/ideas side of things to the nitty-gritty/nuts + bolts business-running aspect. The way all of this information is gathered in one place, I must admit to being a little jealous of the lucky folks just coming into the crafty business world. With wonderful guides like this popping up, one can learn so very much in one helpful, handy fell swoop, rather than fumbling around, figuring things out the sometimes-long and sometimes-hard way.
I feel so happy to have something so thorough to direct people to in the future when I get that question: "Do you have any advice for someone starting a art/craft business online?"
And Three: I've got a little stack of four copies waiting to give away to you lovely readers!EDIT: Comments are now closed and the winners have been notified - just waiting to verify all four!
Thanks so much for all of your lovely, thoughtful comments!
Just leave a comment below (maybe telling about the best handmade gift you've received, but of course anything you'd like will do). PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE EMAIL ADDRESS provided with your comment is working and current.
I'll close the comments on the 19th, and let the RNG do its work! Best of luck!