18 December 2009 - 12:17 pm

Apocalypse Blog merchandise

I received an email this week about the possibility of producing AB merchandise, from an Australian-based online serial publisher. They’re setting up a merchandise store for their own web serials, and wanted to know if I would be interested in having AB stuff go on there, too. No set-up fees, no charges, nothing, but I can earn commission on all my merchandise.

It’s an interesting idea, and without seeing anything contractual, looks pretty good. (I need to check into the rights issues, I think.) I don’t mind so much about the money (though some extra is always good!), and I think I can probably get a design put together based on the awesome AB book cover that was done a few months ago.

I’ve been pondering this for a couple of days, and now I throw the question out to all of you: should I do it?

How many people would want (and buy!) an Apocalypse Blog t-shirt, or badge? (That’s what they’re offering to start with – t-shirts (black and white) and badges.) As a guide (I’ll need to check this when I get home), the shirts came out to about $25 and the badges to about $2 (Australian dollars, so cheaper in US dollars). Quality is roughly equivalent to Cafe Press and another store whose name I have forgotten.

Thoughts? Preferences? Considerations? Bite my hand off?

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  1. Rissa Watkins says:

    Badge? I would buy a t-shirt depending size and funds.

    December 18th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

  2. Thylonicus says:

    I think it’d be neat, myself. Never hurts to offer merchandise.

    December 18th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

  3. Mel says:

    Rissa – I’m not sure if they mean sew-on badges or pin-on buttons. I’ll check into it!

    Thylonicus – true! πŸ™‚ Just want to make sure it’s worth the effort, y’know?

    December 18th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

  4. wngl says:

    I would definitely consider a t-shirt -I’m also curious what kind of badge it would be. The pin on variety would interest me?

    How detailed would the shirt be? Image covering the front, or breast emblem with image on back (I’d lean toward the latter, personally)?

    December 19th, 2009 at 6:32 am

  5. Mel says:

    I’m looking into more detail on the shirts and badges! Will let you know as soon as I have them. πŸ™‚

    December 19th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

  6. Mel says:

    Got some more information on the merchandise! Shirts printed front and back, and the badges are pin-on buttons.

    December 21st, 2009 at 8:43 am

  7. Scath says:

    I’d be interested in a tee.

    I lurk, but I love your work here. =)

    December 26th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

  8. Mel says:

    Thanks Scath! πŸ™‚ Awesomeness.

    December 26th, 2009 at 4:29 pm