Can you believe it? The Book’s in the Mail.

Whoop Whoop! The email has been sent to get the book into the hands of the editor and publisher for final review. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me, although I’m still making beads for the photos because unlike with my writing, I never feel satisfied with the bead designs. They can always be better, or more innovative or more of something. So, I’ll probably keep making them until they send the manuscript to the printer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can get a cover photo to you by the end of the weekend! My hands are starting to sweat!

I haven’t been talking about it much because I started to bore myself by saying, “I’m working on the book, it’s coming soon.” I read another blog-like site and I noticed things like, “I’m working on this but more about it later…” or “big things are going on but I’ll tell you later” and found that it really ticked me off. (Just like they do with the news and give you a teaser and make you watch the whole dang show).

While at one time it was intriguing to read that, and would get me to come back, I noticed that I started rolling my eyes and being annoyed. Then I thought, oh no, that is what I’ve done with talking about the book? So I stopped writing about it until now. Maybe I shouldn’t even be saying this.

Moving into new venues…

There is a sales rep. in Indiana that is interested in carrying some of my jewelry pieces and working together on some other stuff. So, I am being pulled into the land of boutiques and spas. I think that will be a nice change.

Things are changing so much, and I never would have dreamt that I’d be doing some of the things that I’ve been doing. Being on the cover of a magazine for the first article I’ve ever submitted, writing a book, and having reps to sell my work. All I ever wanted to do is make beads and sell them.

LG Business CardSpeaking of things changing, I don’t know if I’m just getting older or what is going on because usually change freaks me out. I like things to stay the same for the most part….or at least I think I do….until I’m ready for a change. But this time it’s exciting.

I’m trying to be more accepting of the fact that I’m being called more to write and show than I am to create and sell. It would be silly for me to struggle against it when it’s all sitting right in front of me, it comes naturally, and the market is there. Oh, and here’s my new business card. I have a new one for Bead Nerd too but I still have some of the older ones to go through before I have more printed

What is your opinion on fancy packaging?

I’m curious as to what you think about fancy packaging. I’ve bought many beads and some come wrapped like a surprise for Christmas while others come in zip loc baggies without even a card or invoice.

Personally, I don’t care one way or another just so they get here safe. What do you think? Does fancy, pretty packaging make or break it for you? Does fancy packaging make you come back for more? What about if it raises the price of your item (whether you know it or not)?

This has been on my mind because I don’t go to the extremes of pretty packaging for my sales but I also don’t just throw them into an envelope. Organza bags or a plain jewelry box (so you can reuse it if you want) are the way I go.

So, leave me a comment and/or go take my poll if you’d like.