I’m out of books

I am out of books until the 6th of October. If you’d like to be notified of when I have more in stock, then email me (keep “Notify” in the subject line). Or, if you order in advance, I’ll throw in free priority mail shipping. That amounts to about a 10% discount (the book is $60). I figure that’s the least I could do. To order, you can either use the donations button -in the upper right hand corner of the page, under the search button- in the sum of $60 (foreign orders may have to pay a portion of their shipping). Or if you want to pay by credit card, you can call me at 575-525-1577. Your card will not be charged until the day after I ship. Don’t mind about calling, I like it when people call. I’m the only one who answers the phone. I have an office but I work alone. If you call, we can chat. Sometimes I rant and laugh a lot. Would you know that from reading this blog? No one writes to the colonel.

As far as being out of stock, I hope this comes out the right way but I’m almost glad for the respite from the activity of selling and processing books. With the break, I plan on doing a couple of things, one of them being that I’ll be shipping the DVDs that I owe to some of you. During the break, I plan on figuring out a way to improve the fulfillment of those orders. It doesn’t help that it’s a lot of work to put the accompanying kits together and the margin is really small but I can’t justify charging more for it if I hate it so much. I made that DVD two years before I started writing even the newsletter (the precursor to the book) and if I’d known I was going to write a book, I would have done the video a lot differently. I would have designed the content to be along the lines of “the entrepreneur’s guide to pattern making” which would have been a whole lot different.

The other thing I’m going to do in my book shipping break, is get my shop cleaned up. I have a lady who helps me. Her name is Ida and she’s my landlady’s mother. We’re good friends, Ida and me. I wrote a whole post on it which I’d cut and paste in here now but I don’t have time to seam these two entries together. I think my son is ill. I have to go home and take his temperature and then maybe take him to the doctor. I’d planned another entire post for today and I hope I can get to it later today.

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  1. Bunny M says:

    Hi. I have to say, I’d never think to call, because I’d worry that I’d be interrupting you from working.

    I’m really loving this site, and I’m reading the book with great interest (guess I got it just in time!) This is incredibly useful information for me – my business is just at the size where we are going to have to start thinking about this stuff if we are going to expand beyond what my partner and I can do ourselves (and we have a ton of ideas so it would be great if that could happen.)

    Anyway, I just wanted to say that I really appreciate all you do to put this information out here. Thank you so much!

  2. Heather says:

    Congrats on being out of the book. If it gives you a respite/recharge/refocus.

    Hope your son is okay, my little one went off on a big adventure with her dad this afternoon, won’t be back till Sunday.

    Enjoy cleaning/organizing, sounds like a good idea for me too.

  3. Judith says:

    Im also intrigued about the dvd. I have loads of questions. One day I will have to write them all down seeing how I have the memory of a goldfish. I also would like to say thank you for all you do to get the information out to us. I have learned so much on this site. I hope your son is feeling better.

  4. Carissa says:

    I also love this site and have found it so useful. I’m a newborn designer- still in diapers with passie and have been trying to order the book, (I’ve had problems with Paypal). So, I’m excited about other payment and ordering options! I’m sure the book will be worth the wait.

    Kathleen, I love the idea of the DVD on pattern making!

    I’m sure I’m not the only reader that is cutting out patterns on a basement floor- using an artists eye and intuition to make decisions about each piece. I have no formal training for this. I don’t know how it all comes together- I think it’s a modern day miracle. It would be nice to know more “tricks”. They would save so much time, I’m sure.

    I can’t enter a boutique with lots of credentials and experience- I just try to bring them beautiful things. Beautiful things sell. I try to remind myself of that. I find it hard to focus on creating. It’s easy to get distracted with trying to grow and handle the business side. In the end, I just need to create. A boutique owner reminds me of the quote– “The more naps I take, the more money I make”. She says when your livelyhood relies on creativity you have to take time to rest for fresh ideas to come. I just enter the store with this spirit… But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” -William Butler Yeats

    Thank you, Kathleen for giving me a little more than dreams to work with. You’re priceless!

  5. joni says:

    Kathleen..as it happens, “One hundred years of solitude” has to be on the top of my list of favourite books – I would guess that you’ve read it….. after speaking of “No one writes to the colonel”.

  6. Kathleen says:

    “One hundred years of solitude” has to be on the top of my list of favourite books – I would guess that you’ve read it….. after speaking of “No one writes to the colonel”.

    “… many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel…”

  7. Carissa says:

    Just to bring everyone else up to speed, Kathleen and I had a nice talk on the phone today when I ordered her book. She encouraged me to go ahead and ask my VERY basic questions- remember- I’m the one on the basement floor making up my own patterns. I am my sales rep, I am my sketcher, my pattern maker, my seamstress, my package deliverer. Anyway, we had an interesting conversation about language. She said artist is a bad name, so is designer- she can tell you why in a more detailed fashion but for instance- the designer image is some jerk who thinks all they do is make sketches and they’re the next best thing, don’t get enough credit etc. and that’s only 10% of what a designer really does (I think, sorry Kathleen if I butchered your example- please correct). So the question that came to mind after I hung up the phone is – What does a designer really do? And if I’m a sewn product manufacturer b/c i’m on the basement floor doing everything- at what point do I stop doing each step and which step do I stop doing first? In what order do I start to get help? (Perhaps this is Chapter one- that’s why I was afraid to post. please forgive me if it is!!) I’ll be better after October 7th! He he!

  8. m.smith says:

    Dear Kathleen,
    I went looking for your book on Amazon.com today. Your book is priced at $416.19!!!! You are definately a valuable resource!

  9. Kathleen says:

    Since I posted this, I got a few more phone calls than I normally do. It was nice, chatting with people. One of them mentioned I should have published my address in case people wanted to mail in checks rather than pay over the web, so here that is:

    Apparel Technical Svcs
    1149 W Picacho Drive
    Las Cruces NM 88005

    Your book is priced at $416.19!!!!
    That means the $120 copy sold, that upsets me. I had a guy buy the one I put up (at $119) but I refunded him, it was just supposed to be an announcement. Under “selling conditon” in the listing, is the *only* way I can convolutedly post an announcement of more books soon and to not buy the expensive used copies people are putting up. Amazon won’t change the page to say “more on the way” with the program I’m in.

    You know, it pains me to see people pay that kind of money for used copies. The reality I never told anyone is that a couple years back, I stopped publishing it for awhile. I was so depressed and defeated with personal problems, that I just wanted out. The only reason I “came back” is when someone pointed out how much used books were going for and that if I really cared about DEs, then I should republish it or I was guilty of imposing unnecessary costs to people who were serious. This person guilt-tripped me back into publishing it again. I’d been off the web so long by then (3 years), that I never looked to see. I was very surprised to see I had a “following”. It’s been very nice, very nice to meet you all again -and all because of overpriced used copies.

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