Just a little book buzz… 🤓 📚 🐝
I usually try to put a positive spin on my posts, but the truth is that the past year and a half have been incredibly difficult. In addition to my writing and running my home-based crafting business, I usually have a part time job. Book and crafts sales can vary a lot from month to month, so it’s good to have a steady source of income. Unfortunately, I lost two jobs last year due to the pandemic.
Once again, I tried to remain optimistic. I used my additional free time to catch up on projects around my house, make new craft inventory, and work on editing the manuscripts of two novels.
Understandably, with everything that has been going on over the past year and a half, people have mostly been spending their money on essentials. And for most people this doesn’t include books or handmade crafts. As a result, my sales have nose dived.
With all of this in mind, I’ve decided to have a liquidation sale in my Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. From now through August 1st, 2021, all of my crafts and craft supplies are 50% off and autographed copies of my books are 10% off. Free shipping on orders of $35 or more (US only).
Here’s hoping that from now on things start looking up!
As always, thank you for reading and for supporting my creative efforts. I really appreciate it!
~ H. S. Contino
As my regular followers know, I’m a huge fan of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and I’ve written about it in the past. For those that are unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is basically a huge online writing community. They’re run by a non-profit organization and their basic mission is to encourage people to write.
November is the official National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Every year, tons of people from around the world sign up to participate. The goal is to write a full length novel with a minimum of 50,000 words within the month of November.
“30 days and 30 nights of literary abandon!”
The best part is the online community. There are forums, pep talks (often from well known and successful authors), and other online resources. You can also join writing groups and add writing buddies. All of the above comes together to create a supportive community for writers— where we all do our part to help and encourage each other.
Like I said earlier, I love NaNoWriMo!
The November big event was so popular that they eventually created Camp NaNoWriMo which is held in April and July.
The great part about the Camp NaNoWriMo events is that they’re much more laid back and the writing goals are flexible. You can also choose to work on any writing project and choose your word goal. I usually use the camps to work on editing existing rough drafts. Having the NaNoWriMo community support is incredibly motivating!
This month, I’ll (once again) be working on editing the rough draft of “This Forgotten Life.” You may recall that I worked on the same project during April’s Camp NaNoWriMo too. In fact, I’ve been working on the manuscript— off and on— for the past six months. I’ve been making progress— at a snail’s pace. 🐌 I’m hoping that Camp NaNoWriMo will help motivate me to get more work done.
For my fellow writers (and those that dream of becoming a writer), feel free to look me up on the Camp NaNoWriMo webpage and add me as a writing buddy. My nickname is “Reprieve26” (the combination of my favorite word and number).
Have a great weekend!
H. S. Contino 🤓
As most of you are already aware, in addition to my writing, I make and sell handmade crafts. I list most of my merchandise for sale online through my Etsy shop, Reprieve’s Corner. I also sell my handmade crafts and signed copies of my books whenever I set up my booth at local farmers markets, book fairs, festivals, craft fairs, and other markets.
I love the creative options that my little business provides! Writing will always be my first passion; but, since it usually takes me a few years to write, edit, and publish a book, it’s nice to be able to make (and sell) a variety of handmade items as well.
I also enjoy being able to try new things. For instance, I recently bought some clay. I want to try to make my own beads. I also bought some molds so I can try my hand at creating my own pendants and clay focal pieces. I’d also like to try making clay figurines– mostly of animals.
Making the crafts also provides a nice break whenever I fell stuck on a writing process. There’s probably a term for the method, but setting aside whatever manuscript I’m currently working on for a few hours while I focus on a crafting project instead often helps me return to my writing with a fresh perspective. I can also “work the problem” in my mind while my hands are busy painting or beading.
Jewelry was one of the first handmade craft types that I added to my inventory. I enjoy making it– especially since there are so many different styles, materials, and bead types to choose from. However, at every market that I’ve attended, there have always been other vendors selling jewelry. While it can be argued that each artist has a unique style, it can be difficult for two (or more) vendors to make decent sales when they’re selling similar products.
So, after selling handmade jewelry (in addition to my books) for nine years, I’ve decided to use up my current supply of materials and liquidate my inventory. In the future, I’ll no longer be selling necklaces, bracelets, or anklets (with the exception of custom orders).
You may have noticed that I left earrings off of the list. I debated on no longer selling them either; but, I love earrings– and they’re the most fun to make! So, I plan on continuing to make and sell a small quantity of earrings.
From now through July 31st, I’ll be running a jewelry liquidation sale in my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/ReprievesCorner). I have marked down all of my current jewelry inventory to 40% off. I also moved some of my older inventory into my clearance section, which is 50% off. (The sale excludes new jewelry— made and listed online during the past few weeks).
Beginning July 2nd, I’ve also marked down some of my other handmade crafts to 40% off. (This sale excludes my books, wooden signs, magnets, and plush toys).
Please, feel free to check out these sales!
Thanks for reading!
~ H. S. Contino