(last edited on September 10, 2017 at 4:16 am)
Digital Download Updates!
I squeaked out the 2017 updates to the Word Tracking Calendar and the ETP 365-Day Almanac. These are $12 PDF downloads for the handful of people who like tracking words and printing out their own giant ETP journals on paper!
The Word Tracking Calendar uses the same idea from my November Nanowrimo calendar, except it’s expanded for the entire year. It allows you to visually-track how many words you’re writing every day, with pre-calculated word counts for each week so you can see if you’re on track. You get a 12-page PDF for $12, so it’s a buck a month!
The ETP 365-Day Almanac is a whopping 365-page PDF in four different formats, for both black & white and color printers. Each page is pre-dated, and every page has an editable task list (requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader). You can buy either the A4/A5 package or the US/USMini package for $12.
Both products are downloadable perks for Patreon supporters!. Patreon is a kind of artist support platform that allows people to pledge a small donation periodically to the creators who are making things they like. I quietly set-up an account last year as an experiment, and right now for $1/month you get access to many of the paid downloads I make, along with some mysterious experimental stuff available to the higher tiers. The plan is when the Patreon level gets to $50/month, I’ll be motivated to start processing the backlog of requests I’ve received over the years. It’s a nice way to connect with people who really like the work I do.
These two PDF packages were difficult to create, and even now they are complicated to update; I tend to put it off every year to the last moment. It does get a little faster every year, though! I captured both the making of word tracking calendar and the making of ETP Journal as part of my virtual coworking push on YouTube if you are interested in seeing the process that goes into it.
New Double-Sided ETP Sheets
With the help of my awesome printer Papergraphics, I FINALLY have something new for the Amazon store! Last year I retired the 75- and 50-sheet ETP pads because they were piling up in the warehouse. As part of revamping the lineup, we decided to try a different format: double-sided prints, which represent perhaps a better value. And instead of making pads with thin cardboard backers (thick cardboard is ridiculous expensive in small batches), we’re just providing them as loose leaf paper in a binding-friendly format. So if you’re using the Arc or Circa systems, these will be the package you want to make your own journals. I just checked the shipping status (below); hopefully they will be in-stock and listed on Amazon in the first two weeks of January.
I have 100 units each of the punched and unpunched sheets coming in, in packs of 50 and 150. They’re printed on the same paper as the old single-sided pads, so the quality is very high. I’m not sure how well they will sell, but I think eventually they will all sell-out and I can then calculate the economics of selling these. Eventually I hope to bring back the pads, but right now they are not cost-effective to produce.
Also coming in early 2017: FULL SIZE ETP NOTEBOOKS, another test run of 100 that uses the same paper as the loose-leaf pads. We finalized the cover stock (a thin vinyl) and I just need to see the samples and work out the pricing. It should be very similar to the half-size notebook. Stay tuned!
Happy New Year!
And with that, this is the final post of 2016. Thank you for reading and following along, and see you in 2017!!!