Public Service Announcement for Freelancers

Today I received a response from a potential client I’d queried as a freelance illustrator.  They wrote to say that they thought my illustrations might work for their clients, who were big names and they listed quite proudly.  Yada-yada-yada…  If I would just send a $150 check for my work to be included in their talent list they would try to find me work (no promises, though!).

No.

That is not how it works.

I do not pay clients to (maybe) give me work.  They pay me to do their work.  Even art reps, which this company was not, do not charge for merely listing my work on their website.

This is predatory.

Inexperienced freelancers fall for this, waste their money, and get nothing out of it!

So.

Public service announcement.

Clients pay you, not the other way around.

Be wary.

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Promo Postcards

I got my newest promo postcards from VistaPrint just now.

It’s a girl-themed card this time.  I used the new Girls in a Treehouse image on the color side and the one with Sarah and Katie with the bike and skateboard on the back side.  You might notice that I recolored the “No Boys Allowed” sign so that it didn’t distract from the overlaid text.  You probably didn’t notice (because it’s not important) but I moved the bird too.  The image wasn’t exactly the same dimensions as the card, so I had to cut off a little at the sides.  So, I nudged the bird over a bit so it wouldn’t be too close to the edge.  Working with digital images makes last-minute changes so much easier!

Now, I really need to get moving on my promo mailing list.  I’m in the process of transferring my notecard-based system into a computer-based one.  I have to type everything in new, which is time consuming now but should pay off later.

Anyone want one of these postcards?  Contact me with your name and address and I’ll mail you one.

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Working

So, I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been busy doing this.

Finding Work

 

A boring, but unfortunately necessary, part of the job.  I’ll get back to drawing once I’m done with this chore.

If you’d like to hire me, I am accepting commissions.  I’d love the excuse to take a break from self-promotion work.  Or if you’d like to join my mailing list, I’d be happy to send you a free postcard.  Just contact me with your name and address.

Working on Things

I probably won’t be posting images for a little while. I’ve been busy.

1. I’ve been toying with the idea of merging my blog and website over here on WordPress so it’s all in one place. Right now, I’m hosting my website on iPage. I’m quite proud of the custom designed site I wrote myself (PHP with a mySQL database and custom administrator interface) but it would be nicer if it was integrated with the blog and I didn’t have to go two different places to admin it. So, the toying has gotten rather serious. I already have all the important pages from my website duplicated as private pages here on WordPress. When I get some breathing room, I’ll switch them to public and move the domain over here. But I want to wait until after the Art Fair in case there are problems so I can concentrate on getting it moved over quickly with minimum problems.

2. The art fair. Yes, I decided to do it. I have all my matting and framing supplies down in my studio. I have all the prints, some pins, and I’m trying to get a T-shirt printed.

I’d like to take a moment to say something nice about EPG Imaging at 79th and Marty in Overland Park, KS. They printed my 20 images (all around 8X10 or so) for 3-something each. Good job, EPG. It was exactly what I was looking for. More than a copy shop but not a big printing factory. Perfect for artist prints.

I ordered my mats online from Documounts. They have these kits with a standard cut mat, mounting board, and plastic sleeve that are exactly what is needed for an art fair. I haven’t mounted the prints yet, but I don’t anticipate any problems. With shipping I think it came out $2.25 or $2.50 for each sleeve/mat/backer set. Something like that. The kits come in packs of 25 sets.

Also, Hobby Lobby has the plastic sleeves cheaper than Coldsnows, in case anyone’s interested. Hobby Lobby charges $6 for cutting a custom mat and the cheapest frames they have are $9. At least for the sizes I was looking for.

I sent in my dues to the Olathe Visual Artists Association, so I guess I’m now officially a member of that. Or I will be once the treasurer gets the mail tomorrow. That group is my in with the fair, otherwise I’d be too late to get a space.

So, the art fair is the Downtown Olathe Art Festival on the 9th and 10th. So, if you’re in the area come on down.

3. Promo Postcards. Yes, it’s that time again. Time to pester the publishing industry with my promo postcards. That’s always tedious, but it’ll be something to do during the art fair if things are slow.

4. I need to figure out which of my pieces to submit to Paul Zelinsky for the professional critique I signed up for. I’m thinking either the Tortoise and the Hare or Let’s Make Magic. I have to send that by the 15th.

5. Speaking of Let’s Make Magic: I’m still waiting to hear back on whether that got picked for the local SCBWI conference. I figured I’d been passed over since I hadn’t heard back, but when I contacted them they said they hadn’t decided yet. So, there’s still hope for that.

6. Tomorrow I’m sending my Tortoise and Hare hidden picture piece to Highlights High Five. I’m not entirely sure I have the correct contact info, but if not, I should get it returned to sender and then I’ll know.

7. I’m not really happy with my Zazzle store. I need to recategorize things and purge my poorer quality products.

8. On a personal note, last week I completely spaced and forgot to take my daughter to her guitar lessons. So, hoping not to forget that again this week.

9. I should probably fold the laundry.

Doing Submissions…

I’m taking time out from actual art work to send out submissions and promos.  Always a tedious task, but necessary.  Unfortunately, “If you make it they will buy.” does not apply.

Yesterday I filled out a bunch of promo postcards and today I’m sending emails to art reps.  I need an art rep.

I’m directing everyone to my portfolio here:  http://www.karenbjones.com/index.php?id=54