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Reconsidering the shop

I know, I said I wouldn’t be reactivating the shop, but the software is all set up. I’ve adjusted the stock to reflect what I actually have here. So I’m reconsidering the shop.

reconsidering the shop

There are books available, and some greeting cards. I have more images to use, and I’ve had some images printed onto blocked canvases.

What would you like to see?

The greeting cards were relatively successful, and I’m waiting to see if the canvases sell through Franco’s restaurant. They have five on the wall, and we’re hoping they do well. If you pop in, each canvas is £30, just ask the staff.

As I am also working out of the house for 3 days each week, I’ll have to consider how and when to dispatch orders. It’ll be a small operation to start with, with just the stock I have here. We’ll see how it goes and if it’s worth continuing.

The shop is still here, just hidden. The question of where to fit it into the new design is still being decided. A separate menu at the top? A new side bar? On the left, top, or right? Featured on the front page? Leave the blog on the front and have the shop elsewhere? It all needs to be taken into account when reconsidering the shop.

I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

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Let the novel begin…

Nanowrimo has been part of my writing journey since 2005, and I completed the challenge several years in a row before life got in the way and I took an extended break from the whole thing for a few years.

The Portal series was pretty much written as part of, or as a result of, Nano challenges, and the Earthlink novella came from a desire to write something different.

This year, for the first time in ages, I found myself wondering what had happened to the characters, and from there intrigued more by the back story.

In The Portal Between, Lily arrives as a fully formed character. She’s Kate’s friend, Andrew’s mother, very enigmatic, and full of secrets. Some of the secrets are revealed through the series, but others are only hinted at. We know she ran from a horrific situation, and that she has powerful magic. But we don’t know why, or how. There’s story as yet untold.

Then a Nanowrimo email popped into my inbox, and I thought, maybe it’s time to give this another go. November 1st is rapidly approaching and NaNo looms on the horizon. I’m not sure I can fit in enough words every day, I’m not sure of there’s enough story to fill the 30 days, or the 50,000 word target. But I’m willing to give it a go again this year.

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All new greeting cards

Black & White Thistledown

Fitting this in around other stuff going on isn’t always easy, and I am aware that sometimes the website suffers as a result. But I hope there are still a few of you who wander in to see what I’m up to from time to time.

This week I have been sorting, packaging, cataloguing, and listing the new greeting cards for you. I also adjusted the postage so that, unless you order loads, it’ll be free postage as long as you live in the UK. Free postage will be simple second class post, but if you’d rather your order was tracked please make sure you select that option. There will be a small postage charge for that upgrade, but it’s entirely up to you.

In the gallery below you will find all the new designs, and they can all be found on the Greeting cards shop page.

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Thank you

shop open

Thank you all so much for helping test the new shop. There were a few wrinkles to iron out, as I suspected, and as is the purpose of such testing. But I think we have them sorted now. Should you come across any issues please let me know and we can try to solve them as quickly as possible.

There has been extensive work behind the scenes, and repeated testing and edits, but there comes a time when you have to just take the plunge and declare, “It’s as ready as it can be.” So, with no fanfare, no blowing of trumpets, no rolls on drums, no applause…. I can declare the Sarah Barnard Webshop, Open!

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Feel free to come on in, have a browse, and use the code open25 at checkout to get 25% off your order as an opening offer.

This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or offer, and can only be used once per customer. This coupon is only valid until Friday 26th May 2017.

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50% off greeting cards and ebooks.

Right then folks, I need to test my shop. I’ve tested it with paypal sandbox and I think it looks all ok and good to go. It look like it’s all working as it should and transactions seem to be going through properly, but I want to test it with real people and real sales.

So, if you want to help out, and give it a whirl for me, put the code “50testmay” into the checkout and that will give you a whopping 50% off any greeting cards or ebooks you purchase. Your purchase is real, and you will receive whatever you order. The code is only valid until midnight on Friday and I’ll be posting any orders out on Thursday, and again on Saturday morning.

Any feedback on how it all works, or anything that doesn’t work as it should, would be fabulous.

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