August 23, 2016

Thinking Inside the Box


I've been working hard—spiraling, swirling—on how to make my tiny works of fiction and books in matchboxes available to people who want them. At first, I thought if readers used the button to buy me a virtual cup of coffee, I could then send a thank you as a form of a prize. Which works, sort of. I mean, I'd rather you buy me a real cup of joe, you know? And we sat at a cafe somewhere, shot the shit... okay, that's not going to happen. (And where the fuck does the term "shoot the shit" come from? I will definitely be looking into that.)

Then I thought, try Patreon. You pledge, I send. Sort of works. I worship the concept of prizes. And I could send patrons Valentines... So yes, I've decided to do this... as well as my idea below:

If you don't want to join Patreon, but still want my matchbooks, no worries. I will send you 1-4 matchboxes (if you would like them). You will agree to cover shipping (which is $6.95 for priority in the U.S., but I may be able to make that cheaper if I can figure out a way not to crush the boxes—and $9.95 to Canada. I'm still looking in to overseas).

Then, when you get the boxes, you can email me an Amazon gift card for whatever you think they're worth. (These come in increments from $1 up.) I can use the funds to buy the supplies I need to make them. (That's how early I am in the stages here.) I have big goals here. There is more to the matchbox idea than meets the eye.

So what do you think? Totally under-caffeinated crazy talk? Or a possible something?

The next stage is the micro fiction. I'm actually thinking that I'll send those shorts out as a way to thank readers for buying my longer works. Two novellas are almost complete. So I'll keep you posted.

If you're interested in my matchboxes, hit me at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com, and we'll talk! Each matchbox has a tiny 30-50 word story inside. They all kind of go together, but I think they stand alone, too.

XXX,
Alison

2 comments:

Miz Angell said...

I need to clear some $ on my CC and then I'll send you a bunch of money for these! I can give them to my friends who have yet to experience your genius!!!

Love this! You are so creative and talented. Much love and respect my darling.

J.M. said...

*raises hand* ouuuu I need me some!!! (For my work cube) :)
Ok I'll figure it out soon how :)