Maria is launching a big-deal one-week notecard sale starting today on her website. She is offering five-pack notecards for sale for $10 plus shipping.
We are thinking about the future of notecards. I have mixed feelings about them. I am enjoying selling my photographs as prints. Maria is offering a small number on her site and they are selling consistently.
We've sold a lot of notecards over the past few years, especially at art shows and during visits to the farm (a tradition we will expand and refine at the New Bedlam Farm), but I am not easy about making up too many notecards. I think there will be fewer, not more, and Maria will be selective about them. I don't want to be in the novelty business and writing books, taking photos and videos, writing e-books and children's books is more than enough to keep me busy.
Selling my photographs in small but steady quantities suits me fine and doesn't put too much of a strain on Maria. Her business is advancing steadily. She now instantly sells everything she makes, quilts, streaming pieces, potholders, and has a back-list of orders. I don't want her to be selling my stuff when she has her own. We both value the idea of our work being separate from the others. We work within a few yards of each other and those kinds of boundaries are important. Maria does not show me her quilts before she sells them, and I do not show her my books before my editor sees them. I see spouses all the time telling me they wouldn't dream of making something without showing it to their partners. I would. So would Maria.
In the meantime, the notecard sale is a great deal, priced now well under the cost or producing them. And if you like these images, it might be a good idea to take her up on this offer. I think we are moving towards very few of them, if any. Maria will put them up on her site this afternoon. She has Paypal.