Thursday, March 22, 2007
In the past few years, I've received several emails from scrapbookers. Each were looking for scrap booking materials with African American themes. Of course, I pestered my agent (licensing) about this; there's obviously a need for these materials that aren't being filled. Recently, she called to tell me that a scrapbook manufacturer is interested in licensing some of my designs, not only African-American themes, but others such as my VROOM! cars — those used in the book ZOOM. Cool! I can't give out many details because the deal is still in the works, but for those who had asked: Yes, I will have several African-American-themed scrapbooking kits in stores soon (well, this is licensing, so not soon, but sometime in the next couple years).
On the fabric side, I'm frustrated. My fabric has done well (judging from royalties), and it's still being sold...somewhere. I have no idea where people are buying it, and neither do many of my customers. I've received several emails and phone calls from people who've heard about my fabric, or seen it, but can't find it when they're ready to purchase. And my manufacturer hasn't been very forthcoming with information. I'd think they'd want to help customers find their (our) products, but it doesn't seem so. Or, maybe thats just how this business works. With books, I give people an author's name, an ISBN and title — and it's no problem.
After receiving a call on vacation from a customer who wanted to purchase my fabric, but couldn't find it, I shot off an email to my agent, who shot off a second email to the manufacturer. I want to know the names of the stores where the stuff is being sold, order numbers, and how-to order info. Is that a ridiculous request? Or what?