Every year, the big stores flood us with ads on multiple platforms to come in and walk off our Thanksgiving feasts in order to spend gobs of cash on all sorts of shit we don’t need.
Okay, yes, there are times when a larger television is required, and naturally there are presents to be purchased for family and friends, but is any of that stuff really worth the headache of getting up at zero dark thirty and shuffling to some mall or department store so that you can be at the head of the pack once the
running of the bulls doorbuster sales begin?
Meanwhile, independent merchants and freelance artisans of every stripe tend to get overlooked during the holiday shopping season. A good number of my friends write, draw, compose, knit, sew, or otherwise create all manner of things with their own hands and sweat, after which they try to sell some of those creations in the hopes of making a few bucks to show for their effort, and maybe even pay some bills.
Though my online presence doesn’t have nearly the range or volume as other folks toodling about the web, I’ve decided not to let that stop me from offering a place for the readers of my blog who perhaps have something they might be selling somewhere, be it on the web, out of their garage, or maybe even in some small shop. If any of that describes you–writer, artist, musician, game developer, clothing maker, whatever–then consider this your invitation to play along! All you have to do to get in on the action is post your info in the comments section.
Here are the simple guidelines for participating in Dayton’s Foggy Little Holiday Marketplace of People Who Make Stuff (DFLHMoPWMS, if you’re looking for something easier to pronounce):
There is no cost or “entry fee” to participate.
Please keep it brief. Don’t dump your flyer(s) into a comment. Instead, give us a quick description of yourself and your book, comic, graphic novel, game, toy, garment, whatever, and include links to where said item can be found (your website, online store or other store info, etc.).
Borrowing an idea I’ve seen in a couple of other places, take a moment to promote another indie creator. Once you’re done pimping yourself, spread the love for one of your fellow artists. Offer up a link to that person’s website, online store, etc.
Please don’t pimp me to satisfy #3.
If you’re reading this via Facebook or Twitter, please don’t leave your linky info/etc. there. Put it down in the comments, yo.
Spread the word, and invite others to post their info here. I’ll be posting the link back to this page as we move on through the rest of the month and December.
If you’re not sure whether your particular creation is appropriate for this space (for whatever reason), contact me via email at daytonward AT att DOT net, and we’ll see if we can’t work something out. I’m actually hoping to see a nice cross-section of stuff.
I reserve the right to delete entries to anything I feel *is* inappropriate for this space. I’m willing to be accommodating in most respects, but I’ll trust folks to use common sense if linking to something that might not be for the kiddies.
Any questions? Hit me in the comments, or via email.
Let the pimping commence!