Thanks for all the well wishes regarding the fabric line. I spoke with Suzanne yesterday about pursuing a pajama manufacturer which will be a new area for her. Mostly, she's specialized in the areas of greeting cards, stationary and fabric. And I also pitched the idea to the folks at HC. But, they are strictly book people, so about all they could do was offer me well wishes.
On the business side, the fabric deal works different than with books. I received no advance, and compensation will be 100-percent royalty, per yard. Royalty pays about the same percentage as a hardcover book. But my hopes are high since it will be sold mass market as well as in specialty stores. Expanding the line will depend upon great sales, so finding a pajama manufacturer would be a good thing.
Interesting tidbit: The fabric will be sold under two names — Don Tate in Mass market, Devas T. in specialty stores. I'm not sure exactly why, but I think it has to do with cost differences. For example, fabric sold at, say, Walmart (mass market) is going to be cheaper than that same fabric sold at another outlet. Two different names, technically, two different products. This kind of thing is done all the time in other areas — particularly with high tech stuff, I'm told.
In other news: I need to make a decision about my blogs. My schedule is completely full, with sketching FARMER and now revising (again) ZOOM. So I probably won't be writing at all, and I'll have to put the cartoon blog on hold. Given that, why'd I start a MySpace page? And why do I feel so...icky about it?