written by B
Whats the only thing cheekier than pimping yourself on your blog?
Pimping yourself on someone elses.
So here's the thing. After the previous post of OMG everythings going
to hell in a handbasket, we've had a long chat. A good deal of which
revolved round how little fun either of us are having with me spending
vast amounts of time away from home. No point in having an idyllic life
in the country that you're never at. The kicker is, that what I do pays
well, so if I stop doing that, then what?
Well, I've had an idea, and thats where everyone else comes in, I need
your help for a bit of ad hoc market research. The idea is to set up a
story writing service. People will pay on a website, then send in /
email in some details of the person the story is about, we then write
it, get a couple of illustrations done and email a finished document to
the customer. Later we could expand this to printing them out ourselves
on nice paper and sending them by post.
Initially, I'm imagining our target audience to be under 6's. Stories
to be about 500-600 words (think 'Very Hungry Caterpillar' length). But
that could change depending on what people want. I know there are
automated 'stick your name in this story what we habe already written
sites'. This would be geniunely written one offs for presents,
birthdays, Christmas etc.
So what I'd like to know from the good readers of this blog are:
1) Broadly - is it an interesting product? Would you buy one for a
2) Cost - what do you think is a fair price for it? What would your
most mad, loaded friend pay?
3) Info - would it bother you to enter details about the child in
question (simple stuff - first name, likes dislikes, pets - nothing
that could identify anyone and any info could be deleted after
4) Art - do we know anyone out there who'd be prepared to a few simple
line drawing art work sketches on either a piece work or a percentage
5) Advertising - where would you go to find something unusual for 'the
child who has everything'? If this product already existed, where would
you expect to find ads for it?
Thanks very much for letting me bother you with this, and for any spare
brain power you could turn to it for us.