If you’re like me, you may be passionate about your craft – creating art – but a lot less passionate about proclaiming your genius from the rooftops. A few years ago when I was working at my jewelry design and manufacturing business, I purchased a guide for do-it-yourselfers called The Empire Building Kit by author – not to mention the force behind The Art of Non-Conformity – Chris Guillebeau. I diligently worked through the 365 dedicated, task-a-day emails and just as I was finishing…
moved to New York City.
Exciting as that move was, it meant that I had to completely reevaluate my jewelry business. Soldering tanks – which were essential to the creation of my jewelry – are not allowed in residential apartments. And I wasn’t about to seek an outside studio space rental when the rent on our 1-bedroom New York apartment was roughly the same as the mortgage we payed on a 5-bedroom house in the Midwest! So I went back to the drawing board.
(I mean that literally!)
As my illustration business is gaining traction, I decided this past fall to revisit the Empire Building Kit. I knew that there were quite a few tasks the first time around that I wasn’t able to do because my business (or I) wasn’t in the right place. Furthermore, although the Empire Building Kit has great stuff in it, since it’s not specifically targeted to artists, applying some of the lessons can take, well…creative thinking.
Imagine my surprise and joy when I recently learned that Chris Guillebeau is launching a new guide dedicated, this time, to creative types like ME!
The guide is called Designed to Sell and it’s launching today! As one of Chris’ affiliates, I’ve been given the opportunity to take a sneak peak at the guide and I’m excited by what I’ve read so far. Specifically, if Jen and Omar at These Are Things can make a 6-figure income selling their maps, greeting cards, and images, then I figure there’s got to be a (lucrative) place for my art in this world, too!
(P.s. I understand from Chris that there are some fun bonuses for people who purchase the guide in the first week of the launch. These include an invitation to an hour-long Q&A session with Jen, Omar and Chris; and, if you’re one of the first 100 buyers, a custom, handcrafted notebook.)