It's been a while! I have been busy in the trenches. So while my first generation product was not a fit for EN, I went and made it sold it anyway. Its a matter of scale you see. What is tiny to some is big to others right? For me, a few hundred units sold a year provides A LOT of extra cash for ME and allows me do MORE. So I have been busy making and Been selling my little premium handmade items own dedicated website and have grown enough to expand to an Amazon Handmade store (Amazon in any form is serious business and is not for the weak of heart for sure!) I could write an entire section on going it on your own here - warning while Amazon is Wonderful for the customer it is SUPER HARD on the vendor they eat little people like me for lunch. I will be glad to exit the handmade business sooner than later and that is a story of itself. Anyway, learning, making, doing is a good way to keep working toward your own licensing dreams' we do what we do as we can do it - one step at a time, right?
So even though my product was NOT a fit for EN, lets look at what did happen:
I met some FAB People that are helping me to this very day with my newest dream. The money I earned and the things I learned by making, bootstrapping off my little handmade product have gotten me this far. And now I really do have something to show for it. And I am excited about it. Folks like Sarah Jane, Frank While, Michal H, John Vilardi and lest not forget the incredible Roger Brown to name a few keep me in check, on track and ever so encouraged. As Roger Brown says - Inventing is a marathon. Boy is it ever -
I just listened last night to Roger Browns Lastest Podcast, available on Inventors helping Inventors website by Alan Beckly (sorry I cannot post links as I am not an upgraded member - you can google it worth your time for sure)
You will see it free FREE on Itunes. It is a must listen for anyone serious about inventing. Let me just say it INVENTING IS VERY HARD WORK. Not for the weak. For those of you like me without Itunes on your PC or Phone, downloaded a FREE App FREE App that lets users listen on our Androids. I found one called "Castbox" to be had FREE on "Google playstore" And Don't forget his book "common sense inventing: either. That was the best few bucks I spent - it has saved me so much money and heartbreak of potential self-sabotage. Read it.
I am closer now to seeing a possible deal than ever before and shall keep you all posted.
Keep dreaming all. But do it sensibly. I am living proof that one can still invent, make progress and not go broke in the process. If I of all people can find a way to keep plodding along with all the same, if not more fears or roadblocks due to my precarious health and limits, then many of you all should be able to run circles around me! Have fun and best to all. Crystal-Diane.