Welcome to A Week of Change.
This is a short series on encouraging you make those New Year resolutions a reality!
The intro and all parts to A Week of Change can be viewed HERE
Part 4 – offer something – this entry
I haven’t been sleeping very well lately.
Last night I was awake forever until I finally drifted off. I woke up again from the sound of pounding rain, and immediately my mind started racing again. I tossed and turned and finally drifted off again only to have some crazy dream about my computer going kaput. I actually got up in a panic to see if it happened… are we a leeeetle bit computer reliant here?!? 🙂
So what’s going on you ask? Lots. I promised to keep you in the loop about things as they transpired so I’m holding that promise.
That’s a book contract. I know.
Now just know, I have not signed the contract. We are talking. I’d love it to be the right one, so I’m doing my homework.
And I’m actually totally cool with telling you this at this point, because it’s all part of the journey. These types of decisions can affect you for a very long time so you have to make sure they’re a good fit for you and your given circumstances.
Now, remember the new ebook?
When you write a book book, there’s a time period where you’re busy writing and waiting and not earning. Hence, the next scary thing I’m going to share with you.
I’m setting up to earn now, so I’m ABLE to write and not worry about the city turning my computer off on me. 🙂 I’m the sole provider for my home and while I have a day job, the writing would take time away from that. So I’m planning a $ backup.
NOTHIN’ GOING ON HERE, HEY? 🙂
And this is what spoke to me. I get asked questions daily on how I make these and if I would provide design files, info and such.
(just a fun draft.. maybe)
I guess you’ve noticed I sort of have a thing about old signs by now, right?
I’ve been a pro signmaker by trade for approx 20 years now. And while my thing has been working with vinyl lettering, my passion with signs really took off when I discovered the magic of using the decals as paint stencils. Now I can’t stop! 🙂
I’ve shared a few bits and pieces on how I’ve made some signs, but this round, all my top secrets for design, application and distressing will be revealed.
I’ve never touched on how to design signs yet so this section will be all new. Design is such a big deal. There’s a reason some signs ‘just look right’ while others don’t. So this book will show a novice the tips pros use to achieve the right scale for a given surface as well as how to work with the lettering beyond what a computer will punch out.
They just ‘look’ better when they’re designed right. And whether you wish to just hang them in your home or earn an income from selling them, these tips will have you improving your design AND execution, showing them off in a much more professional way, no matter WHAT you put them on.
And I promise to keep it super DIY friendly as well. 🙂
And you guys have BEGGED me for vinyl kits. And I may still. But I have some other tricks up my sleeve that could save you lots of money.
Aside from the book, I’m going to be providing downloadable sign file kits that you can either print, or take to a local signmaker to have them output as decals to any size you desire!
Kits that fit stairways, flat doors, tops of furniture and on the list goes. I have loads of fun plans to get you signing up all those boring flat surfaces in a jiffy. 🙂
Teaching you how to layer colours will be included as well. This distressed look wasn’t done with a sander. I found a much better way by accident and I’ll be going into it much more thoroughly than I have to date.
I have some other cool surprises up my sleeve for this book I’ll be sharing with you too, so stay tuned!
Hey, I even listened to my own advice and purchased howtomakeoldsigns.com (not yet live). Fun!! 🙂
(Bought it through Site 5 yet again and used that chat window feature… I LOVE those guys! If you need a domain and don’t really know how to go about it, the live chat window people will walk you right through your transaction. LOVE!! Buy your site through my link here and they’ll even toss me an itty bitty commission and will offer you the same thing. Thanks if you do!)
The book will be slated for sale as soon as I finish it so stay tuned! I’ll also be adding some new things too not yet on the blog.
Signs not your cup of tea? No worries… I plan to write more ebooks, especially if the book book deal doesn’t go through. There will eventually be a topic for most everyone available at some point. My idea well won’t run dry anytime soon. 🙂
Well, this was a brave edition… and will conclude our Week of Change series. I think I’ve given you enough homework to last 2 years…
Oh right! I nearly forgot. The whole entire point of this instalment?
How did I do so far? 🙂
No matter what you decide to do with your new year, attempt to offer something of value. Working from home could include selling locally or online as a writer, photographer, crafter, decorator, blogger, farmer, teacher… the sky’s the limit!
Just think about what you LOVE to do, and make it work. Chance are, if you love doing it, you’ll get good at it and someone else will want a piece of that. So, make an offer!
(I have to hit publish now don’t I…. ahhh! I’m running to bed!)
What do you plan to offer in due time?