- Catherine Downen
The Markings Merchandise
My young adult fantasy novel, The Markings, is getting its own merchandise line! I am so excited to be able to offer this to all the fans and supporters of the book. I wanted to make a post that explains what the merchandise line is, how it works, and how other self-published authors can do the same for their books!
What is the Merchandise line?
For this launch we are releasing two designs that will be available in t-shirts, sweatshirts, and crewnecks with a variety of colors. One design is the title with the symbolic key in the corner of the shirt, the second is a graphic design based on the cover of the novel. See them below!
The sizes for the merchandise will range from a small to and extra large. Color options will change depending on the type of shirt and the design chosen. T-shirts will be $17, crewnecks are $28, and sweatshirts will be $30. We will also be shipping merchandise internationally!
How Does The Merchandise Line Work?
The merchandise line will be launched as a campaign. This means that items will only be available to purchase for seven days. After the seven days of the campaign orders will be processed and shipped. We are hoping to launch future campaigns as well, depending on how our first launch goes. The merchandise line will be available starting Monday, June 1st. On Monday, June 8th, the store will close and we'll begin to process orders! Links to where you can purchase will become available on Monday, June 1st. (Sign up for our mailing list HERE so you don't miss it!)
How Can I Set Up My Own Merchandise Line For My Book?
My merchandise line is going to run through the website called Bonfire. They have been amazing at making it easy to set up my online store and design my items. It's completely free to use as well! All you have to do is create an account and then you can start designing your shirts.
I was shocked at how easy they made it to design merchandise. They have a great graphic system that anyone can use to create awesome merchandise. My favorite feature is that I can directly upload my own graphic art. If you aren't good with graphics they have plenty of built in art you can use on your shirt as well.
After you've designed your shirts you price your items. If you price them correctly you won't have to sell a certain number. The way I have my campaign set up is that no matter how many shirts I sell we will print and deliver every single one. Then, you get to create your items sale page. They have a really awesome template created that helps you name your items, write in a description about the product, and link it to your book and other social medias.
So far I have loved getting to use Bonfire and have no complaints! You can visit their website here: https://www.bonfire.com
If you want to be notified when the merchandise launches sign up for my mailing list HERE!
Thank you so much for checking out my blog! I have other posts linked at the bottom about how I self-published my novel The Markings, and how the story came to be. If you have any questions regarding the merchandise or how you can do it yourself let me know!
HERE'S A SNEAK PEEK AT WHAT WE'LL BE RELEASING NEXT WEEK!