This was going to be part XCVII.2 or so of my Promoting Tips & Tricks series. It's turned into a bunch of somewhat raw, not-entirely-complete thoughts about who I am vs. who I thought I was. Which might still be useful for promoting your small, online craft business, but this post wound up a little bigger than that.

Earlier this week, I dug up a draft of the next post in the above series. It's been 'almost ready' to post for two years now. All I needed to do was clean it up a little and it could hit the blog Monday morning.

I couldn't finish it, but follow the link to see what happened...

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Comment by Kate Jones on January 29, 2011 at 12:31pm

Awesome! I'd love to read your thoughts. The Connection Revolution (and stuff like it) is, I think, what's gonna save humanity -- if anything is.


And yay photocopy! Thank you!

Comment by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler on January 27, 2011 at 4:01pm

I know nothing and I am sticking to that statement. I do not know anything. No matter what pretty girly calls me late at night asking how to price things what to do to tell of events or where to promote and get things known, Nope nope nope I know zero.



{now if I can get people to believe that}

Comment by Kate Jones on January 27, 2011 at 3:24pm

But of course, WarMouse!


It sounds like there's a lot of expertise out there -- I'd love to see more folks writing about what they know.

Comment by WarMouse -Manager- on January 27, 2011 at 3:22pm
Drago's got lots of good advice on this topic as well! I'm checking out that "Connection Revolution" article too. I love your Promoting Tips and Tricks series! I didn't know there were so many blog directories and ways to promote yourself. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 27, 2011 at 2:44pm
Being on both sides of the line vendor and being the one telling vendors I am up for many questions. Also that is why I have offered a 3 year teaching for those whom ant to do the road and become a traveling artist vendor. Everyone thinks it is cool and neet till they find out the actual work it takes to get into shows and set up pack out and not get frustrated and quit..
Comment by Kate Jones on January 27, 2011 at 1:11pm

Oh wow, that would be _very_ useful, I've barely dealt with event coordinators and I could totally use some tips.  I bet you know a lot of useful stuff, actually -- the more you write about that sort of thing, I've found, the more you realize you have to share.


The calligraphy -- yes, it's an Elegrant Writer exactly, that's awesome. :) I want to start using a proper pen for 'real' calligraphy but the marker's a lot easier for just dashing off labels quick. I've done some calligraphy -- I did a couple of pieces for two of my roommates for Christmas -- and I would love, love, some tips and stuff. I've been looking for a copy of Drogin but haven't found one yet.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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