I have memories of doing book tours, and some of those memories aren’t the stuff sweet dreams are made of. Even though I had a traditional publisher, if I was speaking at a small event, it was up to me to transport books, bio materials, and any other handouts related to my work. I quickly learned the importance of transport, a matter I’d never thought about as a budding writer.
Creatives are most definitely what I’ve come to call “thinkative” people. We come up with all manner of ideas, but as with everything else in life, the value is in the doing. Jacksonville Beach currently has a thinkative musician implementing a sensational idea. With just a little bit of help, this pioneer’s dream can become a reality and our community will benefit too.
Add Mark Dawson to the list of authors who opted to self-publish after dealing with traditional publishers. Dawson’s path to hefty earnings from his books involved a great deal of work and patience. And a freebie.
When I was in college, I took a job with a successful businessman. I worked for him for years, until I got a job in media. I often joked I should have paid him for an education instead of the university I went to. I learned many things from him, but one of the most valuable was also one of the simplest.
My friend and fellow poet, Dorothy Fletcher, and I are sitting in a Florida coffee shop and sharing a piece of pumpkin bread. Actually, we are here on serious business. Today, we are surgeons for poetry.
Regardless of the art form you work in, there’s a resource for your inspiration or blog right under your nose, and it’s completely free.
How many times have you seen indie bands doing fundraisers for a worthy cause? Or craft makers exhibiting at a festival to raise money for a charity? Or an artist donate his or her time to help a nonprofit?
Independent artists often must act as their own marketing, branding, and promotional department. Lacking a lavish budget, it’s natural to turn to social media. Doing so requires an investment of time. Does it pay off?
Independent artists who are self-employed face a dilemma each year. It’s necessary to carry health insurance on yourself because not doing so makes you subject to a tax penalty. Several artists who are self-employed have told me they have to search for a new insurance plan each year. The bottom line, though, has to do with getting your paperwork right.