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Looking back at 2018 and forward to 2019

Last year was a roller-coaster. Definitely a roller-coaster.

It was the year I finally realized I could call myself a writer. I published six books, and I wrote five books, plus four short stories. And some of them made me money, astonishingly.

I printed a new solo coloring book. It also made me a little money.

I lost my beloved cat, Velcro. That did not make me money.

We had septic problems that make me appreciate my flush toilet greatly. That cost a lot of money.

I actually did a fair amount of artwork, too! I finished 9 sexy shifter coloring pages, plus Gizelle, two full color pieces: The Gathering and Seven of Cups for 78 Tarot Mythical. I did 30 unicorns for #junicorn. I painted a whole lot of ornaments for #inktober. (Plus an illustration that I still need to scan and submit to an anthology and two complete pages and two sketches for an NDA project.)

So what are my goals for 2019?

I have NDA artwork to finish, and I am hopeful that the project will be completed and released in March. I want to do some artwork in color. I want to do #junicorn again, and #inktober, and #NaNoWriMo. I want to write 5 books. I want to publish 5 books and a collection of short stories. I want to put Shifting Sands out in hardcopy. I have amorphous ideas about a unicorn oracle deck collected from my #junicorns.

I want to blog more.

I want to be healthier and more fit.

I want to be brave and honest and kind and creative.

Look out, world.

Originally posted at Dreamwidth: https://ellenmillion.dreamwidth.org/1634022.html

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ysabetwordsmith
Jan. 14th, 2019 04:27 am (UTC)
Yes ...
I think a Junicorns oracle deck has potential. (I collect decks, and write about divination, so I've seen a lot of them.) There are various approaches. Some that occur to me...

* Lay out all the cards you have so far and look at them. Try to think of a name/theme for each card. Then see if you have any obvious gaps. If you can name Spring, Summer, Autumn ... you need a Winter. Count how many cards you have, how many new ones to add, decide on a size, and fill in the gaps. This is a good idea if you have one June's worth of cards.

* If you already have a large number of very diverse cards (two or more Junes' worth) then consider inviting your fans to set a name/theme for each card. I've seen this done to excellent effect. You could even crowdfund this, e.g. $5 lets someone name a card.

* Going the other direction, look at a whole bunch of divinatory decks. Write down the name/meaning of each card. Combine near duplicates. You will find a lot of repetition around common human themes such as Love / Lovers / Partnership or King / Hero / God / Leader. Compare those to your cards and try to match them.

In addition to cards, you'll need at minimum a "Little White Book" of instructions that list the card names and their meanings. This normally gets stuck inside a standard deck, but indie printers may just stick it in a bag if they don't box the cards. You could also make a whole book.

It is not required to devise new spreads for your deck -- the most basic ones like the 3-card draw will work with anything. However, it adds a lot to customer appeal because lots of diviners love spreads and it helps people to look at things from the perspective of your deck. For example, you might lay out 7 cards like this: /\ Call it The Horn. Use it to identify converging forces in a complex situation, like work stress and home stress, or two parents arguing over how you should spend your life.

I would rate the selling potential pretty high, even though the image quality is limited by the small size, because millions of people love unicorns. People will buy decks just for the images -- I've done it. You could in fact make several different products from the same base materials: a bagged or boxed oracle deck with instructions, and a set done up as art cards in sleeve pages or frames. That would give you a range of prices. Just based on what I've seen, consider $10 for just a boxed deck, $12 for the cards in sleeve pages, $15 for the deck with a bag and instructions, and $20 for a frame with 12 cards matted for display.
ellenmillion
Jan. 14th, 2019 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Yes ...
Wonderful advice! The more I think about this, the more I want to do it...
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