Last year I put some effort in to creating a 2009 Mountain Adventures Calendar. This wasn’t without masses of support from several of the the blog’s authors; providing their awesome photographs and stories. A big shout of gratitude to you all!
But, after the layout was completed (a sample month is shown below) I started down the rocky road to the printers…
To say the printing costs were high would be only part of the story. The main issue is “how many do I print”? Printing more means a lower unit cost – most of the printing costs are related to setting up the print job, not the paper consumables etc. However, there are quite a few risks associated with setting the size of the print run; ending up with a garage full of boxes of unsold calendars (and a large unrecovered debt) if I print too many, not having enough printed to meet demand, setting an unrealistic price, etc.
So, not wanting to let what seems like a great idea escape completely – many of the pictures on the blog are fantastic and deserve to get published – here’s the first step of the plan for 2010. It requires your help, just two clicks below…
Would you buy a Mountain Adventures Calendar?
- Yes (56%, 19 Votes)
- No (29%, 10 Votes)
- Not sure (12%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 34
Just so you have some idea of what the finished product would be like, here are some of the key features:
- January to December 2010,
- 26 gorgeous full colour pages,
- 24 high resolution photographs from adventures in,
- Many of the countries (France, USA, UK, Canada, etc.) featured on this blog – each highlighted with a map,
- A double page booklet design. That is, two landscape pages (full page photograph at the top, large calendar for lots of personal notes at the bottom) providing a portrait layout with a stapled centre,
- High quality glossy art paper,
- Notable UK holidays, events, dates and moon phases,
- Hopefully a price of less than £10 if volumes makes this possible.
Please note, none of these details are definite yet and may change when I create the 2010 calendar.