I've been looking at those. A possibility. A bit bigger than what I'm seeking.
Talking with shop owners, what we really need is something that will support one or at most two books. That is smaller than the books so it won't detract from the book. That has useful information or something to entertain the customers if it is empty.
My friend has something called a book easel which he uses to display books at events and shows so they don't get lost on the table.
I want to buy a bunch of things like this, but I want them made out of cardboard, preferably with some printing and a picture of my choosing. I'll give them out to shops that buy more than X amount of books.
I want to make it as easy as possible for shops to display my book but most of the shops that want to carry my book are yarn shops - they generally have every surface covered with yarn and yarn tools, so when a book is placed on a table for display, it is instantly drowned in yarn and no one sees it.
But for the life of me, I can't seem to get google to tell me where I can buy cardboard book easels or give me a better phrase to search for. We have wire and plastic. But not cardboard. Can you help?
The neat thing is the staff have a superpower that lets us put threads in more than one forum. Make your thread, use the report button and suggest which forums you would like your thread to show up maybe with a little note about how lovely the staff are. This will draw our attention to your thread and we can work our magic.
I'm looking for music to keep me calm and help me focus. Lately, I'm getting bored of the same old stuff. I'm curious what do you listen to?
Someone suggested I try brain FM. It's an AI generated a music-like substance that claims to be scientifically designed to help with different tasks.
The first time I tried it for focus I got quite anxious. The second time it worked incredibly well. Last night I tried the sleep setting and I had a terrible night of almost feverish dreams that kept me on the edge of waking but not enough to get up and turn off the sound. The relaxing version seems very soothing. I can't decide if it's worth spending cash on, so I wonder if there might be something better out there.
I'm a native born English speaker, but extremely dyslexic. It's very difficult for me to write without an electronic aid. The problem is, most spell checking programs don't understand what I am trying to write. They look at my writing and decide that since I am not writing in English, they can shut down and go on holiday for the rest of the week.
It's frustrating that I love writing but cannot express myself in a way that is easy for others to understand.
Then I discovered Grammarly. I love it! I used the free version for about a year, then signed up for their yearly subscription. Doing so has changed my life. It's improved my spelling - and my ability to spell. I'm very pleased with it and am in my second year of paid subscription. I've used their help desk once and they had a quick resolution to my issue that was very satisfactory.
I also like the plagiarism checker which I use to see if I'm saying something too cliche.
I've tried Hemmingway but can't get the hang of it. I didn't understand why they were suggesting things and how to change them. There were too many suggestions which caused me to panic a little bit.
Thank you, everyone, for all your encouragement and advice. I couldn't have done it without the support of the community here at permies.com
Although technically, I still haven't done it - but we are so close. It's like the promise of hot chocolate after shovelling a long driveway so that we could get the tractor unstuck in an East Coast winter. Oh, those were the days.
A big shout out to Tracy Wandling and her amazing illustrations.
the next step is to pre-sell enough copies to pay for the printing. Kickstarter seems the best platform for this as they focus on creative activities and have a great reputation for vetting their creators. More information on this soon.
I've done a lot of research, reading, and talking to people in the industry since starting this thread. I've talked to authors, publishers, indie authors, printers, shopkeepers, and customers. I've also bought a few print on demand books.
Short answer: no. Print on demand is not for me.
Long answer: Print on demand doesn't allow me control of quality. The book, The Global Indie Author 3rd Eddition, by M. A. Demers sums it up best in the chapter where the author compares the way quality varies from one printer to the next. Since the author/publisher has no control over who prints the book - and companies like Createspace subcontract work out - one can get a wide range of quality.
The books I did buy, one of them had less than 10 out of 32 pages legible. Another was good, but the colour of the photos was not lined up properly. And yet a third book looked fine.
Since pictures are an important part of my book (and a major chunk of the expense in producing this book), I want them to show up.
The other element that bothers me with print on demand is greenwashing. The advantage of not printing extra books and producing the book close to the customer (thus saving on shipping) are attractive elements.
The paper stock for print on demand is standard. So a book that is an odd size means a lot of trimmings (bits of paper cut off and recycled or more often sent to the garbage or incinerator. That increases the waste per book.
Also there isn't enough control over the paper and ink. Some papers are more responsibly harvested than others.
I am going to try another path. But it's been great fun learning about print on demand.
We can use this to knit (there's a beautiful knitted and fulled basket on display at the mill), crochet, or weave. It's very good for rugs. It's also a yarn that retails for quite a lot. Looking at the prices on etsy, similar yarn to mine retails for between $70 to $200 USD for the same size bump.
This yarn is also a huge step towards building our fibreshed.
When I got my yarn back from the mill, I was amazed at how soft and beautiful it was. Why was I amazed? Because I gave them crappy wool that was destined for the compost bin. This process transforms fibre that would otherwise be inappropriate for spinning (by machine or by hand) and creates a usable and desirable product.
Having a harvest even from a bad fibre year is a huge boon to farmers.
Some more about this article. I think it has a great start:
You did it! You fought procrastination, self-sabotage and sleepiness to bring something new and creative into the world. This in itself is wonderful, but if you want others to see what you’ve made, you’re not done yet. Now you have to tell people about it.
There's a lot of things to think about when promoting your stuff. More importantly, how to promote your stuff so people like it. Here's something I wrote elsewhere:
1. Every community is unique. Learn about the community before promoting your stuff!
2. Established members of a community have an easier time of promoting their stuff for two reasons:
a. by participating in the community they learn what kind of posts are received well
b. they develop a reputation within the community
3. Provide quality content BEFORE promoting your stuff. Ask interesting questions and for every question you ask, try to give back to the community by answering two questions that you know the answer to (but don't talk out your ass or you'll get caught out).
4. Try not to write in terms of absolutes. Saying something is "true" or "wrong" when other people have experiences that contradict such claims, gets people's backs up and makes them less likely to respond to you in a positive way later.
5. When it does come time to promote your stuff, don't be a spammer. Posting to every single thread that comes up when you do a keyword search for "blue", without reading the thread first to see if it's relevant, is going to heap major hate on your project.
6. Start one thread. Add quality content to that thread. People don't like a post with one sentence and a link - they think it's spam or phishing. Instead, talk about your project, who you are, and why this link is worth clicking. A picture or video embedded in the post helps (another reason why steps 2 and 3 is so useful - it helps you learn how to use all the buttons)
7. Promote with a short signature and link. All those posts you made in step 3 will suddenly be links to your site and projects. - a pithy signature with a "follow" link at the bottom of quality posts both draws attention to your project and googlelove (SEO) on your site.
8. Don't be afraid to talk up other people's stuff too. It shows that you are a well rounded human being that has interests outside their own ego. Just be aware of the community you are posting in and do so in a way that respects that community.
9. have something to offer that is relevant to the group. 10. re-read point 1. This is the most important point.
Marketing and publicity goes awry when it’s executed without humanity or concern about its overall impact. As an artist, you already think about the perceptions, desires, and inner life of others, so you’re ahead of the game. As you narrow in on a promotional strategy that works for you, double down on your sensitivity, but don’t give into insecurity. Make your moves to meet your goals, and then get back to making.
looking around at what forums we have already, communication comes closest - but doesn't really work as a writers lounge.
So the next steps involve
.... finding a name (one or two words) for the new forum
.... finding content to put in it when made.
For the second one, we have a fair amount of content already. If we could have 10 new threads about writing (maybe start them in Meaningless Drivel, I can move them to their new home later) or publishing, then I think we have enough content to make google love the forum.
What qualifications or requirements does one need to use the word Permaculture?
Is Permaculture a protected word like ZipLock or kleenex? If one uses it, does one get into trouble? Who would one need to ask for permission to use permaculture?
Or is it a word that is for people with specific criteria? For example, graduates of a Permaculture Design Course could use the word but lay people like myself could not?
Is it an open and friendly word that many people can use? Does the permission to use it depend on the context?
What about the meaning of the word. It has at least two meanings that I know of (permanent agriculture and permanent culture) and many interpretations on that theme.
As some of you know, I wrote a book. It's a book about growing yarn sustainably at home. I think it's a good match for pemaculture. Many of the techniques I talk about in that book, I learned from hanging out with permaculture people.
I consider myself permaculture curious. I read a few books on the topic. I spend at least an hour a day reading about permaculture related topics. I use permaculture techniques on my farm and in my daily life. I'm probably a solid four on the Paul Wheaton Eco-Scale. I am constantly interacting with permaculture people - on and offline. Heck, they even let me come on staff here at permies, one of the largest - if not THE largest permaculture forum in the world.
For all this, I feel I only have a moderate understanding of the world of permaculture.
I like the idea of spreading the word permaculture and talking about it in my book. Much of my target audience has never heard the word before.
But I also don't feel qualified.
So I ask you, the permaculture community - what do I need to be able to talk about permaculture in that context?
I'm thinking of a word. I'm pretty certain it's a real word, but google can't find it for me. Maybe you are in the same situation.
It is my firm belief that the community of permies is smarter, faster and better than google. This thread is for posting the definition of that word you can't quite remember and maybe someone else can help you find that word.
I dig the organic matter in or feed it to the animals and they apply it in the forum of poo.
Mulch needs moisture and warmth to become soil. We so seldom have both at the same time, that I still have experiments where I applied mulch nine years ago with hardly any sign of becoming soil, whereas places I don't use mulch have several feet of new soil, depending on the experiment.
Because I make experiments, I can see what works on my farm and what doesn't. It is very easy to setup experiments and I learned more from observing the results than from any theory. I've also closely watched the natural parts on the farm to see how nature builds soil - it uses very little mulch.
Most of the theory in favour of mulch works in conditions where it rains in the summer. But it is far from universal!
The best way to know what works in your conditions is to set up experiments with and without different variables.
I saw this at the local fibre mill. Didn't have a chance to read it properly as I was picking up some of their delicious core-spun yarn, but it's good to see signs of the fibreshed affiliate moving forward on our little island.
They are still working on gathering an inventory and the goal is to use this information to help producers get more value for their fibre by connecting them with potential fibre buyers. As both a producer and a buyer, I'm excited to see what this will look like. I'm having trouble imagining it from the description, but it's still early days. But I like the idea of an interactive map.
I saw a paper version of this survey at the local fibre festival, but with one thing and another, my copy didn't make it home with my stuff. I'm still waiting on my copy of an email version. I wonder if they are using a free service like SurveyMonkey that not only gathers data but helps compile it too.
I know flax has to be soaked to begin biological breakdown
Um... soaking is one way to do it. It's not the only way. Here's a bit about retting and flax.
Inside the flax straw are golden fibres. These are the phylum, or circulatory system of the plant (some plants you use a structural element for fibre, like in the case of sisal or jute). The individual fibres are affixed to the woody pith and the hard outer shell of the flax straw with several types of glue, the most notable is pectin. Yep, that's the stuff in Jam.
We can remove the fibres through purely mechanical means. This is most often in modern-day manufacturing (especially hemp). Some methods also use chemicals to dissolve the glues and make separating the fibres easier.
But the simplest and most natural way of removing the glues is retting. Retting is basically a kind of controlled rot. We create an environment where bacteria, fungi, and other invisible beasties eat the glues that hold the fibre in place.
Water retting - involves submerging the straw in water and inviting anaerobic (dislikes air) bacteria to do the job. This is quite damaging to waterways and is banned in many places. If you water ret, please water down the wastewater (1 part wastewater to 10 parts fresh water) to avoid killing plants, fish, or harming humans.
Dew retting - is a much easier way to ret. This involves laying the straw on the grass so that the morning dew moistens the straw and invites aerobic (air loving) invisible beasties to come and eat the glues.
(there's a really great book about flax coming out soon that might interest you.)
Soaking is one way, but there are yet others.
For nettles, some people strip the bark (with the fibres) while the plant is green, then process just the bark. It's easier, space saving, and faster.
I think sunflowers would be the same way. The ones I grew this year have a stem that is 1-6 inches across, so it's difficult to ret the stems evenly. They are also over 12 feet tall, so I don't know where I could ret more than a handful of stems. Smaller plants would be easier to water ret.
I've tried soaking and dew retting sunflowers, but so far no luck. The fibres are there, but they break easily, not like how others describe it. It could be the time of year, the conditions I'm retting, or more likely, the kind of sunflower I'm working with is too large.
Of course, what works in one location, works differently in another. The best way to find out what works for you is to experiment.
When we moved to the farm, my grandfather made his garden in the place with the best soil and then bought several truckloads of expensive soil and amendments to add to it.
I was left with some of the worst soil and am too miserly to buy soil. We make compost every day, the animals make poop. Why buy soil when sources of soil are all around us for free?
The first year, my grandfather had a bumper crop and crowed about how great a gardener he was. The third year, my grandfathers garden was sad. He had to water his garden at least twice a day and the crops were small and few.
The first year, I didn't get a harvest. The third year, my harvest was medium-good. But, I only watered once a week and usually by hand. I saved my own seeds from what thrived. I built up the soil with compost and organic matter I could find around the farm. By year 6, I am able to get strong harvests so long as I remember to water once a week. Vibrant tasting plants, unlike anything my grandfather ever grew. My topsoil has gone from 1/4 inch to more than 2 feet deep in places.
It took effort, it took time.
I would rather spend my time investing in long-term soil growth than spend my time at a job gathering money so I can spend it on topsoil that won't last.
But then again, there are things that I could make but would rather buy. Cabbages come to mind. Much nicer cabbages in the shops than I can grow. So I work as well as self-employ.