Wednesday, April 18, 2018

How to Zazzle

Among other things, Jmars Ink creates POD (print on demand) items like shirts and mugs. We use Zazzle.com to produce those items once they have been ordered by a customer. That way, there is not a pile of unsold inventory laying around waiting for someone to order them.

While there are many companies that make POD goods, we have chosen Zazzle to produce ours, as they offer a wide variety of high-quality products along with good support. However, their prices may not the lowest you might find for a T-shirt, for example. To offset the price, there are almost always coupon codes to be found that offer between 15% and 50% (!) off a given category, like those T-shirts. These discount codes are sometimes shown on the front page of their web site and added automatically to the items in your cart. To get the best deals you probably want to join their mailing list (yeah, I know, one more set of junk mail).

There are other things that are beneficial to know when purchasing items on Zazzle, the biggest of which are color selection and changes to the item itself. For example, let's say you found T-shirt that has a cute saying on the front, but you don't like the style or color. Don't Panic! You can fix it! First select the item (click on the pictures below to make them bigger).


Cute, but you don't wear red. Click on the black square on the lower right to change the color.


Nice, but maybe a tank top would be a little cooler. Click on "More (100)" in the "Style" section on the right.


A window pops up on the right with lots more styles to choose from. We'll pick a basic tank top.


And there we are. No longer a red T-shirt--now a black tank top, unique to you. Press "Add to Cart" or choose yet another color. Note that colors are dependent on the particular item chosen. The first item was only available in three colors while the tank top offers several more. You may need to scroll down to see all the colors. A further note is that some images will look better on a light shirt versus a dark shirt. Finally, you can see a discount offer below the price. I'm sure that particular one will no longer be valid at the time you are reading this.

"But," you say, "I'm a GUY. How do I get this awesome shirt for me?" Remember that "More (100)" in the "Style" section? Click on it and then the "For" drop down and select "Men".


Now we can pick a nice warm, men's sweatshirt in navy blue.


One final hint. Once you add an item to your cart, Zazzle doesn't make it easy to get back to the store you were shopping in. Towards the lower right of the screen you can find a small link that will take you back.


See that tiny "View their Store" above? Click on it to return to where you selected the item in the first place. And that's it--Zazzle made easy! Well, maybe not easy...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Write? Right!

The 26th annual Pikes Peak Writers Conference at the Colorado Springs Marriott starts next week! It is two and a half (three and half with the Thursday Prequel) days of opportunities for learning and interaction with authors, editors, agents, and your peers, along with food and fun in the foothills of Colorado.




The Pikes Peak Writers Conference kicks off April 27, 2018. All the deets, including registration, are at PikesPeakWriters.com.

See you there!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Play It Again

Thespiana, the "gray comedy" short play festival, is back with with all new productions for 2017. And yes, we will be represented.

Last year, Thespiana 2016 played to full houses with new plays from local playwrights. That tradition continues this year with more new plays from Mark and Lauren Arnest, Chuck Cabell, Warren Epstein, Phil Ginsburg, and Jeff Schmoyer.

Please join us at Cottonwood Center for the Arts Saturday, February 25 at 7PM, or Sunday, February 26 at 2:30PM. Tickets are available online or at the door (though it might be best not to wait as it was sold out last year).

More info can be had at Thespiana.com.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

There Will Be Cookies...

Come meet—live and in person—authors Damon Alan and Jax Hunter at Hooked on Books, Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 11AM-3PM!

Damon Alan writes smart space opera for smart people. His fiction is fast paced, emotionally stirring, and his characters relatable in their struggles, particularly his main character who sacrifices all to save the rest of us.

Damon will be signing the just-released 4th book in his Dark Seas military science fiction series, Stennis. He will, of course, sign any books in the series, as well as his thriller, Serum. He may also talk science and share cookies with his fans. damonalan.com


Jax Hunter writes romance, historical fiction and heartwarming home-town stories. She also created and owns, Revolutionary-War-and-Beyond.com, a website about the Revolutionary War and the Founding Era.

Jax will be signing books from her True Heroes series, which follows the men of the 506th Rescue Squadron.

Did I mention there will be cookies?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

They're Back!

It even says so on the package:


What the (insert your favorite word here) are Hydrox, anyway? Well, I'm glad you asked.

Hydrox cookies look like Oreos but somehow predate them, being introduced in 1908. I wonder how that works? They are a bit different than Oreos, being crispier with darker chocolate crackers and less sweetness overall (though they are still plenty sweet)—kind of like the difference between Coke and Pepsi.


How come you've never heard of them? I expect you're just way too young to have experienced the preeminent sandwich cookie. Leaf Brands, the company that made them, was bought in the 1990's. Hydrox was reformulated and the name changed in 1999. They disappeared completely by 2003. But now they're back, with the original name and formula.

Why am I telling you this? I just had to tell somebody! I grew up loving Hydrox (not that I've been around since 1908) and not the competition.

But here's the real question: Are they just as good as I remember? The answer: Is anything, really, as good as we remember? Don't get me wrong—they are still quite tasty and my personal choice over Oreos, but like lots of the memories of one's youth, the reality does not quite bear out.

Hydrox are not in every store, yet, but you know where you can find them:

Hydrox on Amazon

Friday, November 18, 2016

Knit On!

We wish to welcome author Deb Buckingham to our ever-expanding ranks! Deb has moved her two knitting books, Dishcloth Diva, and Dishcloth Diva Knits On!, from another publisher to Jmars Ink. Both are available in print, and—for the first time—Kindle versions.


Along with these two books, Deb also writes fiction, and we hope to have her new adult coloring book available after the first of the year.

To find out more about Deb and her books, please visit our Dishcloth Diva page, and our Dishcloth Diva Knits On! page.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Local Author Wrapup

Local authors have meeted and greeted, books were signed, and wine was liberated from bottles. Our largest book signing event to date, with 16 authors and more than 50 titles, is in the books. The Cottonwood Center for the Arts Gallery offered a fantastic setting for the festivities. And all of the authors were awesome! If nothing else, it was a good party. The pictures tell a little of the story.































And, finally, a portent of things to come...