Happy Birthday to This Blog

9 birthday candles

The Art Biz Blog is 9 years old today! To date there have been 2,400 posts and 24,000 comments. Thank you for being a reader. And a special thanks if you participate in the discussion here. [...]

In Praise of the Handwritten Thank-You Note

Expressing my gratitude for you.

You can set yourself apart from other artists by sending handwritten thank-you notes in the mail. Every Thanksgiving I try to write something about gratitude. This year I want to remind you of the value of writing a note, addressing an envelope, attaching a stamp, and sticking it in the mail. [...]

Artists and Illness < Deep Thought

Deep Thought

I’ve had the fortune of nurturing fairly close relationships with artists in the virtual world since 2002. Because I’ve been at it for so long, I have witnessed too many artists deal with illness – temporary, chronic, and fatal. I feel hopelessly inept to provide any guidance for artists in these situations. Can you help? [...]

Branding Your Art Business

Wade Hinderks of Purpose Into Profits gives a video testimonial for Re Perez’s Branded the Event.

For years I have tiptoed around using the word “brand” for fear that it made art sound too commercial. No more! I’m ready to embrace the idea of branding after spending three full days at Re Perez’s Branded: The Event last week. I encourage you to embrace it, too. Here is a sampling of what I learned at Branded. [...]

Twitter Tweekly for November 17 2013

@abstanfield on Twitter

Just in case you missed these tweets from my fingertips >>> 50 tips for free publicity via @PublicityHound pinterest.com/publicityhound… New pics of Art Biz Makeover day 2 at facebook.com/media/set/?set… Artist shares how she turned real-estate article into a mention of her art artistmarketingguide.com/1/post/2013/11… [...]

Vanity Galleries vs. Co-ops

Janice McDonald Collages

I was talking with an artist-friend the other day and this came up . . . Deep Thought: What’s the difference between a vanity gallery and a co-op? Why are co-ops (where artists pay to be members) considered okay, whereas vanity galleries (where artists pay to exhibit) are off-limits? [...]

Are You Announcing, Commanding or Inviting?

Tamara McElhannon’s announcement

Are you announcing, commanding, or inviting in your marketing messages? There is a place for each of these in your art marketing, but I encourage you to be aware of which you’re using and when. An announcement is a presentation of the facts. “I’m having an exhibition. The opening is at this time and this place. Here’s how you see my art.” Tamara McElhannon’s lovely announcement is pictured here. [...]

Why I Teach Artists How to Get Organized

Piles of Paper

What is someone who wrote a book on self-promotion doing teaching an organizing class for artists? I teach Organize Your Art Business for two reasons. 1) You Need It . . . Well, maybe not You, but artists in general need to have access to this information. When you are disorganized, your business suffers. When you are disorganized, you miss deadlines and commitments. [...]

Build Your Own Website In 10 Minutes (Not)

Holly Van Hart’s portfolio of paintings.

Guest blogger Holly Van Hart shares she read in several places that you could “create your own website in 10 minutes” with WordPress. While she never believed it would take 10 minutes, she never imagined it would take 100 hours. Perhaps you can benefit from Holly’s experience. “I already had an art website, a contract with a web hosting service, a domain name, and a blog hosted by Google (Blogger). But my site was 5 years old and needed to be totally overhauled with new, fresh content and current styling. It also needed to be integrated with my blog. . . . [...]

How To Warm Up a Cold List

Icicles

You were told you needed an email list, so you asked people to subscribe, and then they just sat in your system for months. Your list has gone cold. Ice cold. You’ve realized the errors of your ways and are now ready to commit to staying in touch with your list on a regular basis, but you wonder: Will they remember me? What will they think if I just start contacting them after all this time? [...]