Merch of the Month: June 2021

Mockup of a t-shirt features the "By a Lady" design from BumbleBess.com
Mockup of a t-shirt features the "By a Lady" design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for June 2021

By a Lady

One of the coolest things about designing merchandise for my shop is that I learn tons of new things while I work. I knew I wanted to letter all of Jane Austen’s novels for a design, but in doing my research, I learned her books were NEVER attributed by name during her lifetime. Her very first novel was simply billed “By a Lady” and the following books were “by the author of Sense and Sensibility“. Her success as an author during an era when women didn’t traditionally hold a career is even more awe-inspiring when you take a moment to look at all the things that stood in her path. This woman was a fighter!

Merch of the Month

Mockup of a tote bag features the I JUDGE BOOKS BY THE COVER hand lettered design from BumbleBess.com
Mockup of a tote bag features the I JUDGE BOOKS BY THE COVER hand lettered design from BumbleBess.com
merch of the month selection for APRIL 2021

I Judge Books

This month’s featured design embraces all things bookish. While writers are generally told to avoid done-to-death sayings, I think cliches and idioms are a fascinating part of language and culture. So, while I might steer clear of them in my novels, I have a lot of fun making them part of my other creative ventures.

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merch of the month selection for March 2021

Not Unlike a Simile

This month’s highlight is an original quote from yours truly! I love figures of speech and puns, so I toyed with bringing them together into something any word nerd would love. If you’re the kind of writer who likes to compare and contrast, I hope this style is speaking your language!

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merch of the month selection for February 2021

Lorem Ipsum

The fun thing about owning a shop is creating products that are specific to your very own taste and sense of humor. Lorem ipsum is placeholder text used by designers. While inspired by Latin, it doesn’t translate to anything coherent. In a way, it’s like putting a [text goes here] disclaimer on your design.

3 Reasons Why Self-Promo Isn’t Bad

Doing business online is tricky. With scads of spammy pseudo-ads and shady-at-best businesses popping onto your feed every single day, many of us have reached a point where even mentioning our work feels like a total taboo.

I get it. You don’t want to sound like a phony door-to-door baloney salesman. But there are a few things you should know before arriving at the conclusion that promotion can only be the thinly-veiled, cheap-and-shameless variety.

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