Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy Money

My apologies for a second day without a picture.  I'm prepping for SFContario.

One of the side effects of being a science fiction writer is that you're constantly coming up with items that you think would make a lot of money . . . if you only had the connections to bring them to market.

Here's one.  For all I know, it may already exist.  But if so, I've never seen it:  Frames for calling cards.  Nobody's asking for 'em.  But I can't help but think that if they were available businesspeople would buy them.

Let's say an elaborate silver frame for a single card, and four-, eight-, and sixteen-card frames for greater numbers.  The single frame you'd reserve for Desmond Tutu's business card, or Ursula K. Le Guin's or Gene Wolfe's.  The larger frames you'd use for the cards of all four Rolling Stones, eight Nobel Prize winners, or all the Supreme Court and the seven lawyers who pushed through the decisions of which you most enthusiastically approve.

Let's face it.  Business cards are all about status and prestige.  Surely, showing off that Steve Jobs or Germaine Greer felt obliged to hand you that rectangle of cardboard is worth overspending on a designer frame.

If you have the connections, take this idea and run.  Make a fortune with it.  You have my blessing.


1 comment:

David Stone said...

Do the grand-elders of science fiction actually carry business cards? You know, I bet that would make a good fund-raiser auction item.