Hear me out. Please just hear me out.
For the most part, this is entirely hypothetical, as in it will most likely never see the light of day, because the money really isn’t there. It’s interesting because the money is never there when we want something and yet if we want it badly enough, we find the money. But history tells me that if more than one person (usually including myself) is needed to get a project off the ground, it will most likely crash and burn.
“Nathanielle,” you say. “How can you know for certain? How do you know until you try? You don’t know what people’s responses are going to be before you ask them the question?”
That’s true, faithful reader. But I have done a little bit of soft research by asking three local authors if this idea would interest them and the response was about as enthusiastic as if I had asked them if they’d like to try a liquid nitrogen enema.
However, just because I have an idea that I expect people will reject, doesn’t mean I won’t get brave enough to share it. So here goes.
There are a lot of self-published authors out there. I think it’s safe to say that there are self-published authors in ever single genre. But in addition to self-publishing in the writing industry, there are musicians and comedians who make their own CDs and promotional materials, film makers who produce DVDs, and self-published content creators of every medium.
If enough people got together to chip in on the rent for a small store space (not a huge one) you could comfortably fill that shop with all of your stuff. People are curious creatures. You find the right place for this pop-up store, like a busy mall, and you’ll at least get some people to look inside. Any one who wants to sell their merchandise but does not wish to pay the rent on the store, can pay a consignment fee to stock some of their things for up to 90 days.
Are you going to get rich on this? No. Not likely. But you might have some proven sales numbers that could be useful in marketing and promotional projects. You’d also have the security of having your t-shirts, bumper stickers, and mass produced energy drinks with your band’s logo, in one spot.
By the way, I saw something like this in a DIY fair in Salem. So it’s totally without merit. If anyone would be curious about trying something like this, or if you have done something like this, please share your thoughts in the comments section.