The Challenge of Commerce
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my professional life to hold universally true, it’s that you don’t want to have a right-brained creative type manage a right-brained creative type, especially where meeting a deadline is at stake. However, because I’m where the buck stops at this little camp fire of cycling passion, everything here gets managed with a certain flair for the unexpected.
This would be why the Kickstarter book still isn’t delivered and why a T-shirt and print project that I began in June is only now with the T-shirt printer. I can hardly blame the creatives I work with; I’m the last guy in the world who should be managing anything other than the buttons on a keyboard.
Regarding the Kickstarter: I can say the book is finished. Norman and I struggled to figure out the instructions to deliver the file as needed to the printer, each separately. It’s less straightforward than Shutterfly. By a factor of blue whale. So yesterday we got together and went through the instructions line by line and got the files delivered. If you supported the Kickstarter, you should have an email alerting you to a new update that goes into greater, if perhaps unnecessary, depth.
In addition to the doing Hampsten shirt, I wanted to turn Bill’s art into high-quality prints. I’ve been wanting to do the same thing with the Eddy ’72 art ever since I saw it. Well, I received the art late last week and am talking to a printer about turning them into high-quality prints to adorn your walls.
I mention all of this as an explanation for why such great potential Christmas gifts won’t exactly be ready for Christmas. Some folks would have pushed more, ridden harder. It’s not my style and whether that’s for better or worse, I’ll leave to you, dear reader. As soon as I have a quote on costs and can figure postage, I’ll add them to the store, but that’s unlikely to happen later this week. There will be opportunities to purchase just the print as well as a signed and numbered version.
Finally, for the longest time (since its inception if you want to be technical) the RKP store has offered only two methods of payment: Paypal and Google Checkout. With the recent discontinuation of Google Checkout, this gave me the needed kick in the shorts to chase the process by which we might take credit cards directly on our site. If getting the files submitted for the book seemed hard, this has proved even more challenging. I can at least say we’re close and that additional feature to the site should be up and running later this week.
[Update: our store can now process credit card payments directly. You no longer need to use Paypal, though you can continue to use it if you choose.]
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