New Ebook by New York Artist Barbara Rachko Available on Amazon Kindle

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Here is the link to a good description of the book, plus the first reader’s review http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HNVR200

You don’t have to own a Kindle device to read this ebook. You can download a free Kindle app as follows:

Here is the one for MACs:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000464931

Here is a link for the rest:

Kindle Cloud Reader – Read instantly in your browser

Smartphones – iPhone & iPod touch, Android, Windows Phone,  BlackBerry

Computers – Mac, Windows 8, Windows 7, XP & Vista

Tablets – iPad, Android Tablet, Windows 8

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=sv_kstore_3?ie=UTF8&docId=1000493771

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Eyes In Magazine Interviews Artists

Each Creator Is Interviewed About Their Life, Profession, Thirst for Innovation, Inspirational Milestones and How Their Work Evolves or Revolutionizes the World Over Time by Vivian Van Dijk of EYES IN Magazine (via PR Newswire)

Download image Download image Vivian Van Dijk, Editor-in-Cheif of EYES IN Magazine. (PRNewsFoto/EYES IN Magazine) NEW YORK, July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Vivian Van Dijk, Editor-in-Chief and President of EYES IN Magazine, (Periodic Publication), introduces…

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New Book: ART-WRITE, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists

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ART-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists, written by Vicki Krohn Amorose, helps guide artists through the process as they write their artist statements, exhibition announcements, press releases, cover letters, blog posts, biographies, social media posts, and much more. Author Vicki Krohn Amorose has a writing background that includes professional positions as Educational Media Writer, Advertising Copywriter, Art Instructor, and Art Gallery Manager.

I read a print copy of her book, which is also available for Amazon Kindle readers and other readers, and found it an excellent resource guide for artists, and much needed! I glided through the chapters, thanks to the no-nonsense writing style of the author. I will return to the book again and again for the writing exercises and prompts.

Author Vicki Krohn Amorose (VKA) agreed to answer questions about her book for the artists who read the Artist Marketing Resources (AMR) blog—

AMR: Vicki, let me share an excerpt from an artist statement sent to me recently —“My work explores the fragility of the human form to delineate cartography of imagined histories and understand the body as a cynosure.”  The word cynosure is used frequently in contemporary art writing. Should artists use a word because others use it? Besides those *at the moment* words, I sometimes read exhibition announcements written in a style copied and re-copied from decades past. How can artists avoid extremes–the miming of the latest or staying stuck in the past? What is “Art Speak” and how does ART-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists help artists to write about their work honestly and in “plain language.”

VKA: I am wholeheartedly opposed to artists using “Art Speak” in their written communications, and the word “cynosure” falls into that category. Art Speak is the vernacular of elite Art-Worldlings, often invented and repeated to impress each other. When writing about your own art, the question shouldn’t be, “Do I sound erudite?” Rather, it should be, “Does my writing help the viewer to see, and does it encourage them to look again?” Art Speak tends to have the opposite effect on the reader/viewer; people furrow their brows and walk away.

I think artists continue to echo phrases because it’s difficult to find comprehensive, current instruction on this subject. I wrote my book to help fill that deficit, and my “no-nonsense” writing style was very deliberate. We can write about the complex subject of individual art in clear, straightforward language.

AMR: The writing exercises in ART-Write, The Writing Guide for Visual Artists helped me think of new ways to write about my work. Please explain the purpose of the writing exercise for artists who say “I don’t explain my work” or “I can’t explain my work.”

VKA: It’s so common to hear artists resist in this way, and I believe this comes from confusion about what is required of them. An artist statement is not a full translation of a visual concept into a written document! Of course you can’t do that, it’s a ridiculous idea. The exercises are designed to bring about the thinking required to connect with an audience. Thinking about your own work can spin off in a thousand directions, so the prompts are a way to reign-in the confusion and develop truthful sentences.

AMR: When and how should artists “name drop” in their writings?

VKA:  Referencing another artist is tricky, because you always want to direct the viewer’s attention to the work in front of them –your work. If you want to mention an artistic influence, make sure you describe how you were specifically inspired. Don’t just “name drop” to fluff your credibility.

AMR: Do you prescribe a structure for writing an artist statement?

VKA: Yes, structure in writing helps to hold the reader’s attention, and I give examples of 3 different structures. These are not complicated. One structure is storytelling. Both art and storytelling are deeply rooted in the human psyche. People find connection through stories.

AMR:  And how do artists know when to put personal details into their statement or instead put those personal details into their bio?

VKA: Again, we come back to what is directly in front of the audience. The artist statement says: “People, meet my art.”  The artist Bio says: “People, meet the artist.” Unless the work in front of the audience is biographical or humorous, keep those details out of your statement and put them in your Bio.

AMR: Can artists buy a book directly from you?

VKA: Yes, and I welcome comments at http://www.artwritebook.com. Thank you for your interest in my book, Marie. I sincerely want the information to reach the visual artists who need it.

Seep, painting by Vicki K. Amorose

Seep, painting by Vicki K. Amorose

Artists, Send Your Print-On-Demand Books To New Places!

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Amazon Kindle (Photo credit: agirregabiria)

I know a few artists who have formatted large files of their artwork into book-length manuscripts for publishing on print-on-demand sites such as lulu and others.

That’s great, but don’t stop there!  Artists with book-length manuscripts of their art can easily upload their file to Amazon Kindle for ebook sales to an even larger audience.

If your book manuscript is ready for print-on-demand, and you have an Amazon account, it will only take a few minutes for you to upload and list your book– and it’s free. If you don’t have an Amazon account, open one free. Sign in. Scroll to the bottom of your account page. You will see the option to upload your book. Once it is uploaded. Amazon gives you options to create an author bio page and to list your book on Amazon in the UK and other Amazon sites internationally.

Now your art book is getting some visibility! Help that along with promotions of your new ebook.  Visit your new Amazon Kindle ebook listing and  copy your ebook URL . Post the link on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter along with an image of your book cover. Post an image of your book cover on Pinterest and add your Kindle link.

You can also list your Kindle ebook on a variety of ebook library site, and on the Kindle Mojo site free. A donation of only $25.00 gets you a featured ad on the Kindle Mojo site. You can also request a book review or author feature on Kindle Mojo.

Artists with print-on-demand books of their art, and ebooks, get listed free on this blog and promoted to our social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook. If you have a book/ebook you’d like us to promote just let us know.

Share Exchange: Tweet, Google+, Pinterest, FB, Tumblr, etc

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I keep Tweetdeck up all day and receive notices of any mentions. Some artists, art orgs and galleries share my links. When I receive a mention on Twitter I make sure that I retweet. If you’d like a retweet then share one of my links below.

On Google+ it is easy to share links and  +1.   I reblog on Tumblr whenever the option is available, to help share the artwork of artists. On Pinterest I pin to my own boards and to other boards I’ve been invited to pin to, such as one for the literary and art journal Meat For Tea.  Send a good quality jpeg of one of your art images and I will upload it to Pinterest and pin it to one of my boards. Be sure to let me know the title and medium of the artwork. Send it to MarieKazalia@gmail.com (leave a comment here to let me know that you’ve sent it).

Leave your links in a comment on this blog post, and I will copy and paste them into a tweet and share on Google+. You can leave your website link, portfolio link, Facebook fan page link, Tumblr blog link etc, but be sure to also leave a descriptive line. (No one will click on a shared link unless they know something about what it links to.)

Share my links:

Artist Marketing Resources blog http://ArtistMarketingResources.com 

Transmedia Artist AMAZON Pro store http://www.amazon.com/shops/TransmediaArtist

Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store Facebook fan page http://facebook.com/TransArtStore

Artist Marketing Resources PDF lists: 800+ Places to Sell Your Art, International Gallery List, Art Consultants, Art Licensinghttp://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/

ebook  Guide to Making Artist Submissions is available on Amazon Kindlehttp://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YCZSTG

ebook Guide to Making Artist Submissions on the Smashwords site is downloadable in many formats: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55939

NY Arts Magazine Promotional Ops For Artists

NY Arts Magazine Announces Promotional Opportunities For Artists 
  • For 17 years NY Arts Magazine has been continuously publishing, promoting & supporting over 20,000 artists, writers, curators and more.
  • Their website gets 3,000,000 hits per month and their daily newsletter reaches 16,000 subscribers
  • In conjunction with international galleries they are offering monthly promotional/exposure/opportunities in print and online at NY Arts Magazine.

To participate in these publicity opportunities contact marketing.nyarts@gmail.com

Note: For artists who are uncertain how to approach such an opportunity–our ebook guides you and provides several e-letter formats for you to use as your own.

The Artist Marketing Resources ebook guide is available on the Smashwords site downloadable to Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader and in other formats such as Text file, Word: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55939

and directly from Artist Marketing Resources –here: http://artistmarketingresources.webs.com/

Also, on Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YCZSTG 

Open Calls for Artists to Submit

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 16th Annual Juried Artist Exhibition, Deadline June 15th–find the submission guidelines here .

12th International Poster Competition, Mexico (no entry fee) http://www.bienalcartel.org.mx

 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants for painters and sculptors has an open application process for individual artist grants, so you can apply anytime via online application here.

Artist Marketing Resources has long recommended that artist make ten submission per week!   Don’t know how?  Don’t have time?**  Don’t have the resources? Here is an important tip: you do not have to wait for calls to submit. Send you work to thousands of companies, consultants, curators, art publishers, interior designers, retail sellers, and more who purchase and exhibit art internationally. Artist Marketing Resources provides artists with valuable resource lists of live links and email addresses that will save you thousands of hours on research alone. Not sure how to craft your first email contact? Our e-book guide for artists that tells you how. (Ebook also available on Amazon Kindle here and Smashwords here ).

** We also offer services to help artists. Email Marie Kazalia email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com   for details.

E-book Guide Helped Artist Get Her Art Into Magazine

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I forget to ask artists for testimonials. So, I am always pleased when an artist spontaneously decides to send one. Yesterday, I received this unsolicited testimonial–just sharing an excerpt here:

hi marie…i read your e-book and thus far it has helped me tremendously. (just recently got my work in an online magazine after YEARS of no publicity) I believe the issue will be released to the public and when it does, i’ll be sure to alert you. Thanks so much!  now, I’m hoping to connect with curators in my area and ask that you “introduce” me to (name omitted) etc…  artist, candace pryor

The ebook, the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions, by Marie Kazalia is available on Amazon Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YCZSTG

and  on the Smashwords site downloadable to Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader and in other formats such as Text file, Word, PDF: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55939 

and as a PDF directly from the author, here.

New Amazon CD Trade In Program Gets You Store Credit + More Space

Have art books on your Amazon wish list you’d really love to get? ( I know my wish list is long.) Have CDs taking up space?

Amazon recently announced that they are offering a CD Trade-In Program…

Once limited to more expensive trade-in items camera gear, Kindle, iPad, iPhones, and Android tablets, Amazon’s CD Trade-In Program now let’s you search for CDs to trade-in (if they meet their acceptability criteria), ship them for free at their cost, and after processing, receive an Amazon Gift Card directly into your account.

Trade-in values start at $0.50 and go up to $6.40, $10.00 etc.

Amazon does not resell used CDs, though a variety of used and like-new offerings are available through their marketplace. It’s actually third-party merchants handling this trade-in process. If you’ve migrated to an all digital library  and still have CDs taking up space, this Amazon trade in offer may be the way to go.

Read an Ebook Week kicks off @ Midnight! 25% 50% 75% Off or Free ebooks

Read an Ebook Week kicks off today.  The Smashwords site ebook sale runs for one week March 4-10–starting Sunday at midnight and ending at the 11:50pm next Saturday evening, pacific time.

For one week only, thousands of Smashwords authors and publishers will provide readers deep discounts on ebooks, with coupon code levels for 25%-off, 50%-off, 75%-off and FREE.

At one minute past midnight Pacific time today, a special Read an Ebook Week promotion catalog will appear on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories.  At the stoke of midnight Pacific time on March 10, the catalog disappears.

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.  In the future Smashwords would like to find a method of including their retail partners, but unfortunately the logistics preclude that as an option for this promotion.

My ebook, The Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions is 25% off on the Smashwords site during this promotional week. View a sample or buy it here: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55939

Smashword ebooks are downloadable to Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader and in other formats such as Text file, Word.

If you have thought of writing an ebook and publishing online, consider the Smashwords site. Smashwords just signed a distribution agreement with Baker & Taylor for distribution to public libraries and the Blio e-reading app. Baker & Taylor is one of the world’s largest distributors of print books and ebooks, and a major supplier to libraries. Smashwords books gain distribution to the Blio e-reading app which comes pre-installed on millions of personal computers, laptops and tablets manufactured by companies such as Dell, HP and Toshiba. They also operate their own retail site at Blio.com.  Smashwords books gain distribution to public libraries that subscribe to Baker & Taylor’s Access360 service, which they launched last year.

Artists Ask: Where can I find info on how to submit my artwork to art licensing companies?

I frequently post Calls for Artists to Submit on this blog. Two days ago, I posted information about a fine art publishing company that is currently accepting submissions from artists.

Artists asked—How do I submit? Where can I find info on how to submit my artwork to art licensing companies?

Yes, you are on the right track by asking questions!  Art licensing companies receive many submissions daily. It is important to make a professional looking submission. Why? If an artist submission is sloppy the company representative reviewing submissions may deleted it!  Yes, this is true. In your art licensing submission it is important that specific words are used, or your submission may be deleted. Why? Because professionals in this industry do not have a lot of time to educate artists. It is up to the artist to find out the correct approach before contacting the companies about their artwork.

You will find information on the correct ways to make submissions in my ebook the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions.  The ebook format gives artists immediate access to the information they need.

Visual artists, the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions contains tips, 100’s of resource links, and cover letters for you to adapt and use for making your own submissions, in any media, to get your art viewed by art licensing company reps, fine art publishers, art gallerists, museum curators, corporate art consultants, and others in positions to help you take the next step up in your art career. Artists use the information in this book to create their own opportunities and  income streams that will support your art-making practice.

The sample letters in this ebook are based on actual letters used to obtain solo exhibitions, lucrative art licensing contracts, representation with top artist agencies, and contracts for lucrative Giclee print sales internationally. Adapt and use the cover letters in this ebook to make your own submissions.

Where do you get a copy?

Copyright Marie Kazalia 2011

ISBN 978-0-615-47557-8

ebook: 90 pages

The Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook is available on Amazon Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006YCZSTG

 The Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook is now downloadable from the Smashwords  site, in several formats including Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, PDF, Text file, Word and other word-processing formats: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/55939

I Uploaded My E-book to Amazon Kindle This Morning!

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Have you been wanting to add an ebook to Amazon so you can tap into the Kindle market to create an additional income stream that will generate additional cash flow?

OK, I have delayed uploading my 90 page ebook manuscript to Amazon Kindle, but finally decided to give it a try this morning. If you have ever tried to upload your ebook to Amazon, or other ebook sales site such as Smashwords or Create Space,  you know there can be frustrating formatting requirements and issues. Like CreateSpace and Smashwords, Amazon also had its own unique manuscript format requires. It was a bit of a nightmare for a while. I spent hours formatting my manuscript to get it just right for acceptance to each site. But now, at last, Amazon has gotten around those problems! Amazon no longer requires specific formatting exclusively but accepts a variety of manuscript formats! I uploaded my ebook, The Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions, this morning in less than 15 minutes! My ebook will be available to buyers in 12-24 hours.

Image above right: an Amazon Kindle Reader

Artists Pooling Resources for New Amazon Store

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Dear Artists and Readers of Artist Marketing Resources blog

The Transmedia Artist Amazon Store is set-up  to sell original art and artist products (such as posters).

The advantage to selling on Amazon is that Amazon has millions of shoppers and the holiday buyer season

is approaching.

If you have a Giclee print or two (etc) you would like to sell in the Transmedia Amazon store.

All sales are on commission basis, but to list, each item must have a UPC or EAN or ISBN etc code.

UPC codes are purchased in blocks of 100.

One artist may not need 100 UPC codes (for $760USD and up to thousands)

So I have purchased 100 UPC codes and will share the UPC codes with each artist

listing in my Transmedia Artist Amazon store.

Or if you wish to purchase your own,

codes can be purchased online here:

https://www.officialeancode.com/order_form_ean.php

http://www.gs1us.org/barcodes_and_ecom

Here is the link to the PDF of terms for selling in the Amazon Transmedia Artist Store:

https://acrobat.com/#d=XocsRrY4RXndngT2ZTe-Cw

If you would like to take part in the Transmedia Artist Amazon Pro Store sales

email:

Marie Kazalia, Artist Marketing Resources blog owner, and group owner on LinkedIN, Transmedia Artist Marketing owner (http://Transmediartistmarketing.org/wordpress)

email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

New Amazon Store Seeking Art

Dear Artists

I am opening a new Amazon Pro Shop. An Australian artist already sent 8 of his paintings to me, and I agreed to post them for sale on Amazon. I would like more items to fill out my store ready early for the holiday shopping season.

Amazon takes 15% commission on most items.  For somes item, such as CDs, books, and DVD, they also take an addition $1.39 per item sold. Since I must pay $40. per month for the shop, and maintain it, I also will take a commission.

I am looking for more art items to add to my Amazon shop. Original art, artist cards, posters, Giclee prints, artist books, 3D items. I require samples sent to me to list them in my Amazon shop.

PDF file of terms and Call to submit:

https://acrobat.com/#d=XocsRrY4RXndngT2ZTe-Cw

To discuss more details, feel free to email: MarieKazalia@gmail.com     Also available on Skype.

How to Upload Your Digital Book to Kindle, by Nancy May

Kindle populates the retail E-book selling market

“Millions of people now own Kindles.”, “And Kindle owners read, a lot. When we have both editions, we sell 6 Kindle books for every 10 physical books. This is year-to-date and includes only paid books — free Kindle books would make the number even higher. It’s been an exciting 27 months.” This a press release by the CEO and founder of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos.  As Amazon.com don’t issue sale figures for Kindle it is hard to stipulate an – exact figure.  According to Bloomberg by the end of 2010 Amazon.com would sell an average of: 5 million Kindles whereas in, 2009 sales were predicted by Bloomberg to be: 2.4 million Kindles.  With, sales figures predicted like these it is no wonder why the iPad as a digital reader is, overtaking the Barnes and Noble Nook as the Amazon.com’s Kindle’s threat in the digital E-Reader.

As a self publisher, it is imperative to, keep up with the trends of the modern-day reader.  Some may think being a writer is an easy occupation.  It is one of the hardest and being able to get work across to the reader is, ever changing with, the integration of the E-reader.  The book is written.  How exactly then, does a writer go about getting their work published on the: Amazon Kindle?  This guide will help any writer who; wants their work read as an e-book.

1)      The book manuscript is complete.  Now what happens? First things first…Editing, when submitting your book online onto Kindle, (be aware though on the Nook, it is only available to authors living in the US).  Editing is, an essential role, for as the old saying goes; four eyes are better than two.  It is best to check around, editors can be found in the first page of the book, in reference books obtained via – your local library or, simply via an internet search.  In my experience with an Editor, it is more financially viable to go with an outside source than, the Authorsolution house.  An Editor for an, 60, 000 word novel can, take just as little as two weeks to, do a complete edited version of the book manuscript – to your own specific requirements. A useful link: http://aplusediting.books.officelive.com/default.aspx A Plus Editing services.

2)      Now the book’s manuscript is edited, how exactly does it get transferred from the word format in Office to what, the reader holds in the Kindle reader?  Amazon Kindle stipulates that, the Digital Text Platform is, compatible with, a word document.  Here again, in my experience and, researching from scratch – just exactly how to upload.  It is best if, the edited manuscript of the book is saved as, a – web page, filtered.  That way; the layout is, discarded with any, needless extra spacing.  Though; as a web page filtered the: txt. Document is, translated into: HTML, the recognisable format of the Kindle Digital Text Platform.  A free programme that will create an E – book can be found here: http://www.mobipocket.com/en/HomePage/default.asp?Language=EN E-book creator

3)      Now the E-book is created. The place to upload the E- book is – Amazon’s Kindle, in doing this; there are only these basic rules an author needs to adhere to: the author holds the rights to the work being uploaded; the author has a synopsis for the title of the work.  (The Title is usually the first thing given to the author’s book).  A book cover is also needed for the book on the Kindle store.  Book cover designers can be found on the first page of a book, in a reference book or via an internet search.  Useful link:   To http://www.bookcreatives.com/ (for book cover designs you will need an ISBN). Though if you do not yet have a book cover a placement holder cover will be assigned until book cover upload.

4)      To create a Kindle account which, an author uploads via the digital text platform.  This can be found here: https://dtp.amazon.com/mn/signin creating an account and signing in is a simple process.  All the information required is the author’s address.  As a UK author publishing on Kindle I am unaware if an author in the US are required to fill out bank details.  In the UK royalties are paid to the author by cheques.

Please note that when an E-book is published on Amazon’s Kindle it, does not necessarily means the author will generate book sales.  For book sales to increase it is important that, distribution to the media is made and networks are formed on the internet via Facebook.  Please also not when self publishing on Amazon’s Kindle it is better for increasing book sales to, have the book reviewed and blurb by, an already established author.

Nancy May, author.

www.b-litebooks.weebly.com

Beacon: The Road to Separation available on Kindle

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Beacon: The Road to Separation,

Available in Kindle, check out:

http://www.facebook.com/l/f4b45Q51McJNJd3V8vydMb72Y7g;www.amazon.co.uk/Beacon-The-Road-to-Separation/dp/B004H4XQSS/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1294019230&sr=1-16