Getting Pumped and Published with Stupid Easy Paleo

I've been a bit hesitant to share the stories of authors because they doesn't necessarily fit in with the artists and makers who listen to this show. As an author, though, I'm compelled by the stories of others, and I love talking to people who have braved the self-publishing waters. Stephanie Gaudreau and I met back on February of 2013 and quickly became friends because of our mutual interest in many subjects (mostly the crazy shit we see happening on social media), and when she told me that she was publishing her first cookbook, I wanted to hear all about it. Would it make a good podcast episode though? This is Stephanie's second time on the show, but the first time talking about publishing, and the effect it can have on your business. I tossed the question out to the Fresh Rag Army if they would like to hear more from the likes of Stephanie and other authors. The response was a resounding YES because many of them aspire to write, and this might be the kick in the pants they need. … [Read more...]

You Think You Know Me?

It's my job to keep you on your toes. As 2014 comes to a close, I've started to review what has transpired in the past year, and where I think I'm headed in 2015. Today, I took a small break from reading the last few pages of the book before I launch in on Amazon. One thing I know for sure is that 2015 is going to be filled with a lot more writing. I can't wait to share even more work with you in the coming year. I'm not joking when I say I have a half-dozen books burning a hole into the back of my mind. So, now I'm focusing the Fresh Rag energy on the podcast and the group training. I'll talk about my new books here, but I decided to restart DaveConrey.com as my author hub. At this moment, it's still pointing to Fresh Rag, but soon it will have it's own site, but it won't be like any site I've ever done before. I love to experiment with new ideas, and I can't wait to try out my latest idea for this new site. I've contended for awhile now that you could operate a viable … [Read more...]

Ten Tips For Kicking Negativity In the Face

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Today is my first solo show in a long time, but I figured I was about do for a little one on one with you all. That, and my guest had to cancel our chat, so I was without a new person to fill the gap, but I know you're going to get a kick out of this episode... literally. It's become clear to me there are a number of people in the creative world who really enjoy wallowing in muck. They love to get involved in controversial conversations because it gives them a sense of purpose and misguided duty. I have an old post called 15 Etsy Shops That Are Killing It With Sales, and it is by far my most popular post to date. The post talks about the selected shops from a perspective of sales numbers, and implies that if they can do it, you can too, if you can tap into what they are doing right. The problem with this post is that people glom onto the idea that some of these sellers are not "handmade" and perhaps they get their products made overseas. Whether that is the case or not is not up … [Read more...]

Adam Luedicke of The Poster List Goes Big

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One of the biggest questions I get from people is in regards to moving more of their product into wholesale. In complete honesty, I have limited experience with wholesale, but I do have plenty of friends with expansive knowledge on the subject. One of those friends is Adam Luedicke of The Poster List. When I first met Adam, he already had a thriving business, working at various art and craft festivals across California. He sold his pop culture posters and cards by the hundreds. He also was moving into t-shirts, and it was with those shirts that he really grew his business. Someone advised him that if he wanted to grow his business, he needed to take it to the next level by attending industry trade shows to get his products into the hands of resellers instead of working to sell single products to one customer at a time. That was several years ago, and now wholesale makes up the bulk of The Poster List business. I brought Adam on to talk about his experience, and share both the … [Read more...]

So Much Radness, You Can Hardly Take It

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That is a direct quote from our guests today, Delilah Snell and Nicole Stevenson of Craftcation Conference, Patchwork Show, and Dear Handmade Life. I've been friends with these ladies for awhile, and it was about time I had them on to talk about all the different things in their lives that make them do what they do. What they do is bring hope, joy and love to the handmade community, and it started with an idea to host a handmade party for people in the Southern California area called Patchwork. That show has grown into several shows, showcased several times a year. Not being satisfied with that, they ventured into the business conference space with their Craftcation show which is held once a year in Ventura, California. In this chat, we talk about: How they rebranded the business to adjust to the changing market What was the motivation behind starting a business conference for makers Whether the handmade space is oversaturated or not. What they see as the future of … [Read more...]

Natasha Wescoat Back Again, to Talk Publishing and Pivots

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I get a lot of favor requests from people, too many to count these days, and I have to be vigilant about saying no unless it makes sense. So when our friend Natasha Wescoat says she has a new project that she wants to share, but it revolves around her making a radical shift in her process, I jump at the chance. Natasha has a Kickstarter event happening right now to help her fund a children's book she's writing and illustrating, but the book is only the beginning. You see, not too long ago, Natasha made a decision to change things up. She took a risk to potentially alienate her fan base by radically changing the direction of her art. She went from doing her surreal landscapes to more figurative fantasy work, and got an almost immediate backlash. A contingent of her fans were not happy with the direction she was headed, but Natasha is compelled to grow and change as an artist. Despite losing some of her fans in the beginning, she has since gained more momentum with her work, and … [Read more...]