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The last few days of zaiah's visit, I was sick as a dog--first with her cold, then with an opportunistic throat infection that moved in while the crack special forces commandos of my immune system were busy dealing with that issue. Stayed awake all night last night with a sky-high fever and hacking cough, lost my voice, went to the doctor's office this morning, I'm now on some potent broad-spectrum antibiotics which should give the opportunistic bacteria the what-for.

Still can't talk, though. Which sucks when you're me.

So not as much kinky sex and other fun stuff as I had hoped.

On the more interesting side, though, I got an email from one of the editors of Penthouse magazine. She said they want to do an article about the Human Sexuality Map, and could I send them a press-ready version of the file kthx? Right now it's slated for publication in the March 2009 issue. (When I first started working on it, hypnagogie predicted it was going to turn out to be a big deal. She was right.)

I really, really want to make posters of the map. Unfortunately, it looks like unless I'm prepared to plunk down a lot of cash for a large production run, the posters are gonna cost me in the neighborhood of $12 apiece to print(!), and I doubt I can sell them for much more than that. I can get the price way down if I print a whole lot of them, but then I'm out a bunch of cash I don't have and I'll be sitting on a huge pile of posters if nobody wants 'em. Grr.

One thing I think I will do, though, if I do make posters, is put a glossary on the bottom of the poster. I still get a lot of "What does ____ mean?" emails.


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Dec. 19th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Glossary? But Googling is half the fun!

Seriously, though, awesome news! Keep us appraised (to the degree that contracts and time allow, natch). If it does run in Penthouse, you just might get some demand for that big print run.
Dec. 19th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry you're feeling so sick. I once had a nightmare about having to give tons of blowjobs when I had a horrible cold. HELL.

Congrats on the Penthouse deal! Well deserved.

I'd definitely pay $15-20 for a poster of the sex map, by the way.
Dec. 19th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
If you made posters, i'd advertise for you on Facebook! And I could pass out fliers for you on the UW campus (i think maybe it'd be something the students thought would be trendy) and could ask some local shops here if they'd carry them.
Dec. 19th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
sorry about the disease. .. . I had that one too, and it was NASTY. . .

Glad you're better.

Dec. 19th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
hypnagogie is smart! ..and I'm sorry I made you sick. *squeeeezes*
Dec. 19th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
hopefully they'll put in a plug for Onyx, or at least reprint it with the onyx link on it?
Dec. 19th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
You could include the link or reference to Onyx in your press release, such as "Franklin Veaux, the owner of Symtoys which sells the popular game Onyx, bla bla bla"

Also, I'd totally pay $20 for a big poster of the map!

Sorry to hear about the illness. Y'know, if you took better care of yourself, you might fight infection a little better ... like maybe learn to cook instead of eating all those frozen dinners!
Dec. 19th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
How much is "a whole lot of them"? I was thinking someplace like the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival would be a good place to sell them. http://www.seattleerotic.org/

I don't really know the details of the artist agreement (I was just a cashier!), but I know we sold a TON of copies of The Virgin Project last year, so there seems to be a market for non-photographic stuff.
Dec. 19th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Put'em through a POD service like Cafe Press or Lulu or Flickr or RedBubble or suchforth, and let them take care of it?

Hint: might be wise to decide on a distro model and get something in place before the Penthouse article goes to press...
Dec. 19th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Does Penthouse still pay pretty well? i sold a rather blue piece of fiction there back in the 90s to make money for textbooks...
Dec. 19th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Still can't talk, though. Which sucks when you're me
rofl!!! *Hands you orange juice & chicken soup*
Hope you feel better :)
Dec. 19th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
The right kind of link to a print on demand service like Zazzle might take the complexity out, and give you some profit.
Dec. 20th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)

I hope you feel "right as rain" very soon. Good, kinky sex should never be missed. :)
Dec. 20th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
So sorry dear about being sick, and losing your voice.
And SO COOL about the much deserved attention for the map!!!
Dec. 20th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Awwww. I'll be back in Atlanta tomorrow evening. If you want chicken soup, I could whip some up for you.
Very cool on the Penthouse thing. Hopefully they pay well.
Dec. 20th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
Same thing happened to me, except with the lungs; for me it's always the lungs, stupid chronic respiratory disease.

Anyway, you could do something like a pre-order, to find out what the demand is like, or you could just sell the illustration to a company that either does sex stuff or poster stuff and not worry about the distribution.

You would totally be able to sell them at the various adult-themed cons, if you wanted to go to them or had people volunteer to sell them there for you. If there were ever something like that in my neck of the woods (which there never is, unfortunately) or somewhere I was planning on traveling to get to (like Shibaricon) if you arranged for a table or booth I would sit there and sell posters and copies of Onyx and stuff.
Dec. 20th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
I did not read all the posts, but I would highly recommend printing all the posters you can well before the article is released.
At least copyright it with a GOOD lawyer !!! Try finding someone to underwrite the cost or put together a few friends to do the same.
Dec. 20th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Ooh, where is the map available for viewing?
Dec. 23rd, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
I want to buy a copy!
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