Saturday, July 10, 2010

The artist as salesperson

"A sturdy self esteem will do more for your financial success and artistic success than a college degree.

Learn to Sell – It’s an Art

Don’t buy a new guitar, don’t attend another writer’s workshop, and don’t buy another camera lens. You’re not failing as a business because your work isn’t good enough. You’re failing because you’re not selling it the right way to the right people.
You need to learn how to sell. Selling is an art and a necessary skill in life…for everyone. It’s as important as knowing how to balance a checkbook or fill your car with gas."

-- Carlos Velez in "The Artist as a Brand, a Company, a Salesman" | Conscious Me by Carlos Velez

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Improve Your Writing Overnight With The Rule of 24 – Guaranteed | Copyblogger

There is good, true advice in the little piece below. Whenever I've used it, my writing is better. (In fact, there's a book review sitting on my desk right now that I wrote yesterday. I purposely held back on posting it because I knew I'd want to make changes. I have about a dozen marked to make. I'm thinking maybe I should give it another 24!)

Improve Your Writing Overnight With The Rule of 24 – Guaranteed | Copyblogger

Saturday, July 03, 2010

A winner... sort of

I've been doing a little happy dance for the last few days, since I discovered that my poem "Trinkets" got a thumbs-up in the latest Canadian poetry contest at Utmost Christian Writers.

No, it didn't win, but it did in a way -- in that it was awarded one of two  Judges' Favorite awards. I'm so pleased.

You can see the list of winners here. All winning poems are also linked there.