Design a t-shirt!

I am in the midst of preparing a grand merchandising campaign for Waiting For Spring that will include mugs, keychains, hats, mousepads, and – eventually – tshirts. You can see some examples of this here at the Backwords Zazzle Store and here at my NewMillsPress Zazzle Store.

The reason I say “evenutally tshirts” is because I’m having a difficult time designing one (or possibly more). This is why I need your help.

If you have read Waiting For Spring, and can think of a good quote from the book, or something about the book or characters, that you think would look great on a tshirt, submit that idea here in the comments section. There is no limit to the number of quotes/ideas you can submit. I’ll pick my three favorites (*PLEASE let there be more than three ideas submitted*) and then we’ll put those ideas to a week-long vote. The winner’s submission will go on a tshirt, and the winner him or herself will win a free t-shirt.

Whoo hoo!


  1. The contest starts today as soon as this blog entry is posted.
  2. The deadline for ideas is Sunday August 9, 2009 at midnight (EDT).
  3. Voting for the three favorites (picked by me) will commence on Monday August 10 (as soon as I get out of bed and get the poll posted).
  4. Voting will end Sunday August 16 at midnight (EDT).
  5. Winning entry will be announced Monday August 17 (as soon as I get out of bed).
  6. I don’t know legalese, but by submitting an idea for the contest, entrants agree that their idea(s) may be used on products for promotion of RJ Keller’s novel, Waiting For Spring.

Other rules to be posted as needed, or as questions arise.


New Rule 7. No quotes that reference Chef Boyardee due to copyright issues.

In the meantime, you can hear more about the contest – and other exciting stuff – on my newest video blog:

6 thoughts on “Design a t-shirt!

  1. I submit the following, the start of Chapter 42…it reads like a true poem…

    “October always begins with a promise. Color and flavor and fragrance. Movement and beauty. Change.”

  2. I can list favorite quotes from this book until the cows come home. 🙂 But I’m trying to think of one that is good for a T-shirt….meaningful but not too long. So….

    A cute/funny choice is “Hippie Chimps” and
    a kind of artsy choice that I really love is “Fire and Music and Life” — wouldn’t that make a cool shirt?!

    I also love “Your heart is like soil. Love grows there” – meaningful but not too long.

    Another huge fav is “Flying, falling, landing hard” – she says it sooo much in the book even though it’s a sad idea.

    And of course I love “His eyes were Van Dyke brown” but that might not be the best idea for a shirt. I would wear it though!! Maybe have a pair of eyes with those words?

    Did I mention I could go on all day? I’ll stop here and give others a chance. 🙂

  3. Front: I’m a lumberjack
    Back: Because any person with a greater interest in what I do to earn enough money to afford rent and music and beer and food and jeans deserves to think I spend my days in the wood cutting down trees.


    A picture of Mt. Kineo



  4. Well, not to be a wet blanket, but I kinda like “Waiting for Spring.” I mean, it’s so versatile. It can be used like, “Waiting for Hope/New Life/Whatnot” but people with a sense of humor can deadpan-wear it all the way through winter. It can be deep, inspirational, or funny! 🙂

  5. One of my favorite quotes is this one “There wouldn’t be colors called Burnt Sienna and Hot Magenta and Aquamarine, if God didn’t love us. The would just be brown and red and blue.”

    But I also think that maybe you can work something around “waiting for spring”. That would be great.

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