It means taking real, positive steps in your life to enable your own success. It's more than intending, wishing or hoping.
It means taking action.
It means taking chances.
It means putting in the time.
It means improving your skills.
It means asking for help.
It means being organized.
It means being tenacious.
Do you have goals and a plan to support those goals? Be realistic, but at the same time, don't limit yourself with small, pathetic goals. Use your imagination. Believe in yourself and then convince yourself that you're right by doing something amazing every single day.
Hey! Where are the lists of features?
THAT is a very good question. I usually post all the Featured people from the previous month, but you know what? I simply don't have time at the moment. I'm working on so many different projects right now that my head is spinning. And on top of that, I'm over a month behind in getting this communication out.
Can you please do me a favor? Appease my guilt. Enable my laziness. Whatever you want to call it, pop over to my blog to see the entire list of Ink & Alchemy'sFeatured Artists. The More InkFeatured Writers are there as well. I appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you, thank you for your participation.
We're here because I believe that networking and social media can help you grow your creative business. Let's talk about some practical steps that you can take. For those of you who are featured artists or writers, Ink & Alchemy and More Ink offer real opportunities for promoting your work.
Each time I feature your work, I shoot you an email, right? This is your signal to be on the ball. Pay attention. People will like and comment on your link. Often they ask questions about your work. How do you get ideas for stories? What artistic mediums do you use?
Look for these opportunities and jump right in! Keep an eye on your post and when people begin to interact with it, tell them you appreciate it. Talk about your work. Discuss the ideas behind it. Draw them to your page. Build relationships. If you have any kind of promotion or event coming up, let them know in the comments.
I know you think you'd absolutely die without art and literature, and hey, I happen to feel the same way, but let's face it - they are not necessities. You'll need to work really hard to market your creative works.
People want to make these kinds of purchases from real people. They like to know that you are busy with the business of living and just happen to be making art in between. It's okay to be quirky. It's okay that you're making your kids peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. It's perfectly acceptable to admit that there isn't a huge, earth-shattering concept behind a certain piece. It's refreshing to hear you admit that you just liked those colors together.
I recently talked with Cate Macabe about her creative process. Read more about her on my blog.
Do you have a story to tell that may help or encourage others? You could talk about how you do your work, what music inspires you, the trials and tribulation of exhibitions, or how to effectively navigate the publishing world.