"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Monday, July 9, 2012

Crafting my way to fame

Remember last month when I had extra copies of the original version of Freezer Burn? Yeah, this one. I was wondering what to do with them, and thought maybe I'd give them away or sell them at a discount.

Sheri Fink rode to my rescue and said, "No." (She might have stomped her foot a little, too.) According to her, I was supposed to pair each book up with some kind of amusing trinket, give it a Very Special Autograph, and sell it for more as a... (insert drum roll)...

Limited Edition.

It feels like it's taken me forever, but I've finally got a plan. I had a bunch of really cool martini glasses I bought for a silent auction basket that never happened. They were, like, a dozen for less than $20, so not expensive. I decided to make them candle holders.

So far, this is what they look like. I got the green candles (also cheap, $5 for ten), to represent olives, but I think I'll go back and get red candles instead, because they'll be prettier.

As far as the autograph goes, here's the way I usually sign things. Unfortunately for everyone, I sign it this way even if you're my best buddy in the whole universe and I adore you to pieces. When I sit down to sign the book, my mind goes blank and all I can think of is "Enjoy!" (I do say, "Love, Gayle Carline" instead, because I-love-you-mean-it.)

This is the Very Special Autograph. I'll sign it in red, number each book, date it, and did you see what I did with the exclamation point? It's like a little olive, right? Right?

Never mind. Maybe I could make it green.

My only problem with this plan is that the little glass beads in the martini glasses are not currently attached to anything, so if the glass tips, they roll all over the place. I've already tipped them twice, sending beads across the kitchen table and floor. The dogs ate a few of them because their philosophy is, if it falls on the floor, you gobble first and ask questions later.

Should I glue the beads into the glass? Is there a kind of glue I should use? I could use a crafter's advice right about now.

Oh, yeah, I forgot - what would you pay for a book and a candle? (oooh, maybe I should include a bell, lol) The book orginally retailed for $13.99, although I don't know whether I ever sold any copies at that price. I sold copies for $12. I've probably got $3 invested in each martini/candle.

Do I have an opening bid?


anarchist said...


Apologies for the off-topic comment, but I couldn't find a contact email for you.

A while ago I put out an ebook of my writing, called 'The New Death and others'. It's a collection of short pieces, mostly dark fantasy.

I was wondering if you'd be interested in doing a review on your blog.

If so, please email me: news@apolitical.info. Let me know what file format is easiest for you, and I'll send you a free copy.

You can download a sample from the ebook's page on Smashwords:


I'm also happy to do interviews, guest posts, or giveaways. Just let me know what you'd prefer.


Gayle Carline said...

Thanks, James, but I must decline. In general, I don't review books, my TBR pile is about the size of one of the smaller Alps, and dark fantasy is not my genre, so I would be of no help to your book.
Good luck.

anarchist said...

No problem. Thanks anyway.


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