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James Dillehay, Bio

James DillehayHi, this is James Dillehay. My story begins when I said goodbye to my job with the City of Denver, moving to a remote meditation retreat center in New Mexico to seek truth and study weaving. Yes, the two things connected.

The combination of inward work with learning the practical craft of weaving brought a balance to my life I could not have imagined. Weaving transformed my thought processes and perceptions – to seeing connections among things in life that were invisible before.

I also had to earn a living, so I began selling my pieces at fairs. Over the years, my work has been accepted into some of the top juried shows in the country, like Tempe Festival of the Arts, Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Fair, and the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair. My pieces are also found in fine shops around the country.

My experiences making a living by hand inspired me to write a number of books that help creative folks market themselves better. The books led to being featured guest on the Caroll Duvall Show on HGTV and being interviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, The Chicago Tribune, Bottom Line Personal, Family Circle, Working Mothers, Country Almanac, and many more.

I am currently helping authors ready to self publish their books through my blog articles on self publishing at PassionToPublish.com. Bye from James Dillehay here, but hope to see you at the other site.

What Real People Say About James Dillehay

“Quite an expert….Very informative. I wish we could keep you for the next three days.”
Carol Duvall, HGTV, The Carol Duvall Show

“Since reading James Dillehay’s books, I have implemented many of the ideas. I am now happy to report that I have had some surprising success at the “I just can’t believe its a flea market” here in Santa Fe. My hang cards, booth design, and even my products themselves have been changed by your books. I have only been there 5 partial days and have sold about 4 times what I sold in the equivalent time last year. I changed the color of the walls, the height of the tables, the displays, the hang cards, the pricing and more. So, IT WORKS!”
Julie Anderson, CostumeSalon.com

“I had a sporadic retail craft business with which I was feeling burnt out. After reading James Dillehay s books, my business took on a new life. I changed my product slightly and the response was remarkable! My first order was triple what I had planned for, and other orders are pouring in! Because of the techniques I learned from him, my business is thriving.”
CATHY MARBLE, Chamisa Hill Designs

“The how-to of how-to books”
AMAZON.COM

“After reading James Dillehay’s SELL YOUR CRAFTS ON EBAY, I added one word to a current auction title on eBay for my glass mosaic tiles and now I am getting DOUBLE the number of hits over my other postings that do not use that word. THANK YOU for that great tip!!”
NANCY COOKE, author The Art of the Tile, ww.ArtoftheTile.com

“Should be viewed as the blueprint for success in the crafts industry.”
THE CRAFTS REPORT

“This book can change your life! By showing how you can create an additional stream of income through eBay sales, James Dillehay’s SELLYOUR CRAFTS ON EBAY can provide you with the time and resources necessary to spend even more time on the creative aspects of your craft. Many crafts people are tied to the schedules of local and regional crafts shows. eBay marketing offers a year around way to approach potential buyers and sell them, not once, but over and over again.”
ROGER C. PARKER, Guerrilla Marketing Coach, www.gmarketing-design.com

“James Dillehay was a guest speaker on our Guerrilla Marketing conference call and he blew me away with what he knows about selling on the Internet.”
JAY CONRAD LEVINSON, author Guerrilla Marketing series, over 14 million copies sold in 38 languages

“An astonishing amount of usable information, crammed into so few pages! James Dillehay has an amazing talent for getting right to the point, with a minimum of “geekese.” Of the entire list of computer instructional manuals I have read, this one would top the list. I would not hesitate to recommend it . . . even to my mom.”
LAPIDARY JOURNAL

“I survived my very first craft show last weekend, a tiny production in a rural fire hall, where all the vendors knew or were related to all the customers. Out-of-towners on either side of me sold nothing, but I sold 12 times my booth fee, partly because my stuff is good, but partly because I really researched presentation in James Dillehay’s books.” ~ Joann Wheeler

“We thoroughly enjoyed your class on selling crafts. There were many ideas which we can institute.”
Jo & Mike Hermann, Native American Resources

“As an instructor you are knowledgeable and customer-oriented. Your ideas and concepts were stimulating and exciting. One of the best instructors I have the pleasure of hearing from. Very willing to share ‘trade secrets’ and answer questions.”
Jerald D. Molnar

“This class gave me lots of ideas. It was very interactive, so I was able to put this information in the context of my own business.”
Mark Irwin, Irwin’s Authentic Soap

“One of the most user-friendly yet practical books of its kind.”
FIBERARTS MAGAZINE

“This new book is so useful, we can hardly stop using it long enough to review it. If you’re considering establishing or improving a web presence, invest in this book.”
THE CRAFTS FAIR GUIDE

“Everything you need to know is here, and it’s applicable to any craft.”
WHOLE EARTH CATALOG

“A useful compilation of ‘insider information.’”
WOODSHOP NEWS

“Dillehay knows of what he writes because he’s done it. A very handy and practical book.”
CRAFTS ‘N THINGS

“Helpful to anyone contemplating any crafts business.”
COUNTRYSIDE

“An excellent book. The appendices guarantee that the book will long remain as a valued resource.”
CHARLES JERMY,
DEAN, CORNELL UNIVERSITY

“Includes material other books lack.”
BARBARA BRABEC,
AUTHOR, HOMEMADE MONEY

“A very well-conceived, informative and useful publication.”
MICHAEL SMITH,
THE CRAFTS CENTER, WASHINGTON DC

“The first bit of sanity I’ve encountered since I began my business. It teaches me everything I need to know, over and over!”
CAROLE BAYLUS, Maryland

“The author takes readers by the hand, gently encouraging them to grow into wholesale when they are ready. His practical guidance makes taking these giant steps less scary, less threatening.”
THE CRAFTS REPORT

“Ideas and sound business advice on every page.”
ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW GUIDE

“For artists just starting out as well as those who are more experienced.”
CERAMICS MONTHLY

“Worth reading. Covers basic crafts marketing and business techniques that both beginning and experienced crafts businesses can use.”
CRAFT NEWS

“Comprehensive, well researched publication filled with useful tips for marketing crafts. The book gives craftspeople sound advice for selling their wares.”
ORNAMENT MAGAZINE

“Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur or a seasoned business veteran, you’ll benefit from the helpful marketing and selling tips offered in this handy reference guide.”
DECORATIVE ARTISTS WORKBOOK

“Filled with pricing tips, ideas for extra income, sources for lists of buyers and more, all well-organized and indexed for easy retrieval.”
THE FLYING NEEDLE

“Dillehay knows the field — I can’t think of a more rewarding retirement pursuit.”
JACK SMITH, Syndicated Columnist SENIOR SENSE

“He knows the art side and the business side of making money with craftwork — an informed guide indeed.”
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SENIOR LIFE

“All the perplexing questions are answered and more . . . It’s well worth it.”
PRIME TIME FOR NEW MEXICO SENIORS

“Pleasant to read, easy to understand, chock-full of really useful information. Covers the whole subject of producing and marketing what you make.”
VANTAGE MAGAZINE

“Comprehensive is the word for this book which covers everything.”
AARDVARK ADVENTURES

“An invaluable, practical business and art blend.”
THE BOOKWATCH

“Just what you need; he’s clearly been there.”
WEAVERS MAGAZINE

“A useful and enlightening resource.”
SHUTTLE SPINDLE & DYEPOT

“Specialized resources make this a very useful book for weavers and other craft artists who need solid business information. Recommended for public libraries.”
LIBRARY JOURNAL

The Basic Guide to Selling Arts & Crafts by James Dillehay is like eating beef stew after the hors d’oeuvres — more meat, more filling, more down-to-earth . . . . This book will help you plan your business for maximum profits.”
STAINED GLASS

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