Note: this Redbubble post was one I wrote in 2015 and never published.\n\nOn June 1, I received a super exciting note: my work was featured on Redbubble’s home page. I expected to see a one-day burst, but hadn’t really realized that I’d still be seeing sales today, because Redbubble adds the new day’s featured items on top of yesterday’s. If one scrolls down far enough, you can still see my featured item.\n\nOne of the first things someone asked me was, “Don’t you have to be famous for that?”\n\nI doubt I was a top-selling designer, having sold a modest quantity of t-shirts and other products on Redbubble over the past year. As a person, I’m relatively well known, but any actor can tell you that being known doesn’t necessarily translate into revenue.\n\nSo no, I don’t think you do have to be famous for that.\n\n
Some Commentary on My Design
\n\nFirst, because my design’s about feminism, I expect that rules out a lot of the population as potential purchasers. Not necessarily because they’re not feminist (though there are plenty of people for whom that would apply), but for people who’d rather not wear a t-shirt that would cause a particular sort of conversation to happen over and over.\n\nI think this may be part of the reason I sold so many stickers, relatively speaking. The other being that not everyone wears t-shirts, and a sticker may be a more appropriate way for purchasers to support the sentiment in a more formal environment like an office. Put the sticker on your corkboard or whiteboard and you’re done.\n\nSecond, the “Hell” at the beginning would rule out some people who are anti-curse words even though they are feminists. It was, however, a direct quote.\n\nThird, one person has told me that they feel excluded by the female symbol because they are male, and would rather have a version without that. Which I had actually been considering making, I just hadn’t gotten around to it.\n\nAll of these things filter out (or in) potential purchasers before they get to the design proper. It does, however, affect what would be ordered vs. not, and I’m just tickled as pink that prints, posters, and a throw pillow sold.\n\n
Breakdown for Designers
\n\nOther designers may want some real numbers, so here mine are for the month of June.\n\nI sold 115 items for total royalty of $169.16.\n\nHere’s the breakdown:\n\n
|Item Type||Qty Sold||Royalty $||% of $|
|Baseball 3/4 Sleeve||1||$3.70||2.2%|
\n\nAs a practical matter, all the above clothing designs require one file upload but most of the other products have different optimum file sizes and orientations (e.g., the throw pillow’s square; the poster’s not).\n\nSo while the shirts will all use the same file, it will take time and effort to make the rest of the products. You’ll have to ask yourself if that’s worth your time.