Indie author Dawson rejected traditional route to self-publish

author Mark Dawson
Bio pic of Mark Dawson from his amazon page.

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.  Continue reading “Indie author Dawson rejected traditional route to self-publish”

Indie artists: Do you have a written plan?

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.  Continue reading “Indie artists: Do you have a written plan?”

Book tour memory: Poetry surgeons for love

Valentine 1890 Library of Congress
To my Valentine. [1890] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2010645777/. (Accessed February 13, 2017.)
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. Continue reading “Book tour memory: Poetry surgeons for love”

Free prompts, inspiration, and images, await at the LOC

Korean War Memorial
Korean War Memorial; Washington, DC (Carol M. Highsmith Collection; US Library of Congress)

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. Continue reading “Free prompts, inspiration, and images, await at the LOC”

For indie artists, giving back to community is a plus

Rusty the rescued pup.
Rusty the rescued pup adjusted well after a hard start early in life.

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? Continue reading “For indie artists, giving back to community is a plus”

Can social media help build your brand?

social media icons
Social media may help build your brand.

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?  Continue reading “Can social media help build your brand?”

Self employed? Document health insurance or exemption

IRS building sign
(Photo by Joshua Doubek)

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.  Continue reading “Self employed? Document health insurance or exemption”