Artists: Is the email address associated with your PayPal account up-to-date? A plea!

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My apologies to 90% of artists out there– this does not apply to you. To the other 10%, guess what? I’m not your mamma! It’s embarrassing that I have to post this!

Artists, is the email address associated with your PayPal account up-to-date?

It may seem like a small matter, but if the only email address associated with your PayPal account is invalid then how will you receive the e-book or e-list item that you purchased?

I receive a lot of payments via PayPal for e-books, e-lists and e-services, automated purchases made in my webstore.   Once a payment is received into my PayPal account the item is sent within minutes of purchase to the email address provided by PayPal. That’s it. That’s the only email address that I receive. I have no idea if the email address is invalid or valid. I don’t automatically know your other active email address when your PayPal email is invalid. How would I? Once the item is sent, I never receive any notice that the email address is invalid! This stuff is automated. In case you still don’t understand I’ll try to explain.

About 10% of artists who purchase an e-item in my webstore will invariably contact me that they have not received the item. I have to tell each one in a separate email that the item was sent to the email address provided by PayPal. Predictably, they don’t know what that email address is and usually it is to an old, invalid, inactive or obsolete email account address. Once they realized this, they usually will sheepishly request a resend and provide me with a valid email address. I kindly resend the item to the new email address provided.

The craziest artist yet contacted me saying she had not received an item purchased from my webstore. When I told her it was sent to her email address provided by Paypal, she had to go check. Days later she replied that her email address on her PayPal account was invalid and that it was “irresponsible of you to send the item to an invalid email address!” (I have no way if knowing that her PayPal email address was invalid!) Her name, Kathy Smith or something equally common and perhaps there are thousands with the same name. I asked her if she expected me to search every K. Smith online and spend hours contacting each one to ask them if they had made the purchase and to request a valid email address? Get real!

Please stop the insanity and update your PayPal accounts with an active email address! Your account details are your responsibility not mine! I know others who sell online using PayPal who have to go through this same thing over and over! Make sure your PayPal account has your newest email address. Your email address may have changed since you opened your PayPal account.

A thank you to those many artists who have their account details up to date!

Best wishes

 

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How to Add and Sell a Pattern on Craftsy To Earn Extra Income

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In addition to wonderful online courses and craft supplies, Craftsy also has an independent online pattern store that lets anyone upload and sell downloadable e-patterns with no fee!

How do you add a pattern to Craftsy and start your pattern store? It’s easy!

1. Make sure you have a Paypal account. All pattern transactions happen through Paypal, and Craftsy requires that you have a Student, Premier, or Business account in order to sell patterns.
2. Put your pattern in .pdf format. You can’t upload any patterns to the online pattern store unless they’re a .pdf file format, so if they’re currently saved as a Word doc, .jpg, or other file format, you must convert it to a .pdf before you upload it to Craftsy.
3. Include a photo. All patterns must have at least one photo to accompany them, but you can add up to five photos. Colorful, interesting photos tend to work the best for catching our members’ eyes!
4. Fill out the pattern description. We will ask you some basic questions around your pattern making it easier for Craftsy folk to find your pattern and know what your pattern is for. Make sure you have info about your pattern handy for this step.

For more information on how to sell a pattern through Craftsy, or to get started, visit Craftsy today!

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Artists: Tweet Your Art To Nonsense Society + send 4 other ways

Nonsense Society is just one of many hundreds of links to art blogs and art magazines that you will find in our extensive PDF for artists — to access the PDF click here

Nonsense Society  accepts submissions from artists for a feature on their art blog. Their curators will also contact selected artists for an interview. According to their submission policy, Nonsense Society gives all submissions equal attention. Their criteria for selecting artists to feature is based on the creative story the artist has to tell and how well the artist’s portfolio fits their curatorial vision.  There is an $18 fee payable via credit card or PayPal with submissions to Nonsense Society. Alternatively–if you don’t wish to pay the fee– you can submit your work free via their Tumblr blog, or send it in a tweet to Nonsense Society, share your images in their Flickr pool and on the Nonsense Society Facebook page.

Artists World Wide At Any Career Stage: Call for Artist Submissions to London Gallery

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Beers.Lambert Contemporary is proud to present an open call for our 4th Annual Open Exhibition, Contemporary Visions, held at our gallery in the heart of vibrant East London’s contemporary art district between Shoreditch and The City.

ELIGIBILITY
Artists worldwide, at any career-stage may submit.

DATES
November 14 – December 21, 2013. 
Subject to minor change.

ARTWORK
All media is accepted.

JURORS
Kurt Beers, Director, Beers.Lambert Contemporary and author of 100 Painters ofTomorrow

Christopher Jobson, Creator and Editor, This is Colossal

Andrew Salgado, Artist

Cathy Wills, Chair of Collections, Contemporary Art Society, London

FEE
There is a nominal processing fee of £10 to submit – payable via Paypal. You can update your application at anytime until the deadline closes.

DEADLINE & RESULTS
Open call dates will run from May 15 to July 1, 2013.

AWARDS
One (or more) of the artists selected for exhibition will be offered a solo exhibition with the gallery in 2014. Other artists may be invited for representation or further opportunities with the gallery or the various jurors.

CONTACT
For further questions or queries, please contact info@beerslambert.com . Thank you in advance for your application, and we wish you the sincere best of luck with your application!

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ArtSlant 2013 Showcase Series: Enter by May 11th

This past weekend, I entered the next installment of the ARTslant Prize – 2013 Showcase Series that has over $20,000 in cash and exhibition prizes. Why not–I only paid the $2. entry fee.I’ve known about the ArtSlant competition series for years, and I know some artists who have come close to winning one of these competitions. Today, you will also find a blog post here on Artist Marketing Resources featuring the recent ArtSlant 1st Place winning artist Kevin L. O’Brien aka kLoB.

1st Prize Winners from the first 7 rounds of the ArtSlant competition will receive a month-long exhibition in a storefront gallery in Chicago’s Loop on the corner of State St. and Adams St. thanks to Pop-Up Art Loop! The Top 3 overall winners exhibit at Aqua Art Miami. NEW this year: Juried Select Winners will all receive a free one-year subscription to the ArtSlant SalesRoom.The are cash prizes of 1-3 thousand dollars + $15,000 in Exhibition Stipends and $5000 in Purchase Awards

How do you enter?

  1. Go to your ArtSlant artist profile. Dont’ have one yet? See how to open yours (here).
  2. Find the Manage My Profile box on the right side of your page. Click on enter Showcase in the box. The entry form opens.
  3. Complete the Showcase entry forms as indicated.
  4. There is an entry fee of $2 for each Round. You must have a Paypal account or a major Credit Card.
  5. Showcase Winners in each round can select the $20 premium placement to enter into the Juried Round. The winner of the Juried Round will have his or her work shown in a storefront in Chicago’s famous downtown Loop. Year’s end winner gets to show their work at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel Miami in December.

If you have not opened your ArtSlant Profile yet, please see our FAQ’s for assistance. Or sign in to ArtSlant and click on ADD on our menu bar, then Add Your Profile.

 

For more information on the ArtSlant Prize Showcase Series and to learn how to enter, please visit our FAQ here. 

Deadline Monday April 29th for PUNK-SALON Artist Submissions

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PUNK-SALON is an international open call exhibition of contemporary emerging art across all disciplines to be held at Schwartz Gallery in London.

Artist-curators Ismail Erbil and Patrick Michalopoulos actively seeking to disrupt the idea of the ‘salon-hang’ for this group exhibition with collaborative

exploration into curatorial environments creating non-traditional hanging, display and projection structures and surfaces that visually divide the gallery space

into fields of seeing and non-seeing.

Deadline for applications: Monday 29th April, 5 p.m

Selected artists announced on Schwartz Gallery website: Monday 6th May

Fees: Application and processing fee: £15 (via PayPal) per application of up to three artworks per artist.

  • Selected artists will have a live link to their site during the exhibition.
  • The exhibition will be accompanied by a small publication.
  • International open call — read the full submissions guidelines on the Schwartz Gallery site.

DOWNLOADABLE APPLICATION FORM

PUNK-SALON artist submission form

Please e-mail your completed application form together your PayPal Payment Reference Number. and all required support materials to

info@schwartzgallery.co.uk with your name and PUNK-SALON in the subject title.

 

 

Artists: the Swirl Into Spring Super Submissions Support Special

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I don’t know about you, but I’m eagerly anticipating the first signs of warm spring weather–and hoping that it will come soon! Over the years, providing resources for visual artists, I’ve noticed that many artists do a big push to submit their art in April and May each year, and then again in September and October. In anticipation of that early Spring art submissions push that many artist do,  now through the end of March I’m offering 3 submission resource lists for $30.

That’s right, for the entire month of March, any 3 resource list for only $30. — just let me know which 3 you want in an email to, Marie Kazalia, at: MarieKazalia@gmail.com .  I’ll send you a PayPal invoice (or a Google Pay invoice if you prefer). Once you pay the invoice I will send you the 3 PDF Resource lists you selected. This offer includes my ebook as well. This offer is only valid in the month of March. Select 3 from the list below–

1. International Art Gallery list PDF (170 pages) normally 19.95, only $10. with this offer.

2. Art Licensing companies, artist agents and artist representatives list PDF: (173 pages) normally $19.95, only $10. with this offer.

3. Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions ebook  (90 pages) normally $21.95, only $10. with this offer.

4. Directory of Art Consultants PDF  (over 200 pages) normally $19.95, only $10. with this offer.

5. 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art PDF list   (60 pages) normally $19.95, only $10. with this offer.

I’ve been working on these lists for over 4 years–and continue to research, expand, edit and update each PDF resource list.

To get an idea of what these lists are like, take a look at the free new list I’m giving away–

The Art Magazines and Publications list PDF: is currently only about 15 pages of links, but in a similar format as the large lists above.

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Submission For 2013 Art Buzz Hardcover Book Are Now Being Accepted

 

I have never viewed a print copy of this publication. When I visited the site via the link below and clicked on the PayPal button the invoice came up $35.00.  Just checking–I easily canceled.

If any artist reading that has had experience with this publication please leave a comment. I would love to hear about it and I am sure others would too.

Art Buzz, The 2013 Collection is now accepting entries for inclusion into their visual arts showcase publication Art Buzz, the book, a full color, large format, hardcover fine art “coffee table” publication that is scheduled for release in late January 2013, “with a vigorous distribution and marketing plan“.  According to Art Buzz, they send an ART BUZZ COLLECTION volume to art dealers in New York (inc. NYC), California (inc. LA & San Francisco) – Sarasota, Naples & Miami, Florida – Atlanta, Georgia area, Santa Fe, New Mexico – New Orleans, Louisiana – Washington DC – Pennsylvania – The Netherlands – United Kingdom (inc. London) – Paris, France.

I don’t know if they provide the list of art dealers they distribute to, upon request.

Their call for submissions states: The pages of Art Buzz, the 2013 Collection, are open to all high quality, emerging and mid-career visual artists including artists that have yet to venture out for public scrutiny.  Visual artists worldwide working in any visual art media (must be 18 or older) mu submit. According to Art Buzz, founder, artist Tony Blue, the Art Buzz selection process is fair, unbiased and based solely on each individual artist’s submitted work.

The deadline for entries is September 30, 2012 (entries in by 6/15/12 discounted).

Art Buzz, 27 Sophie Avenue, Dunedin, Florida, 34698, United States http://www.artbuzz.org/competition.html

 

Artists: Inside Info On How You Can Influence Online Arts Content

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I’m going to tell you how I get paid for the articles I write and publish. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you how I get paid. Even though I do that. The purpose of this post is to let you know that you have more control over online content than you think!

How can you exert control over online content?

If you’re like me, you’ve signed up to receive notices in your email inbox or RSS feed when your favorite online authors publish new articles on such sites as Mashable, Huffington Post Arts, Yahoo! Movies, and many others.

You may wonder how authors are paid for their ideas and time researching and writing these articles. The answer may surprise you!

As contributing writer for both Yahoo! and Technorati News I am paid a dollar amount each time someone clicks on a link within my published articles. Those clicks represent my click-through rate.

Who pays me?

Yahoo! pays based on click-through-rate on links within my Yahoo! articles. I also receive a much lesser amount based on the total number of reader views that my article receives. Yahoo! deposits payments into my PayPal account. Yahoo! also provides extensive analytics so I can track my readership and earnings, and via those stats I can easily see what articles and article topics are the most popular and what links receive the most clicks. (Of course I want to get paid for my work, so I consider these stats when planning future articles).

Technorati news has a similar set-up. Since they are closely linked to Google–with all Technorati news articles feeding into Google news–Google pays me. Google pays varying amounts for each click on links within my published Technorati news articles. I track those clicks, readership numbers, and payment amounts per article via my Google AdSense account. (Again, the more success an article brings the more l will want to write on that topic in future articles and promote those articles enthusiastically).

So you are probably thinking that for each article authors must receive hundreds or even thousands of dollars in total clicks–but that is just not the case!

While hundreds or even thousands of readers may read any given article online, the number of clicks on links within an article is generally quite low. This is frustrating to all authors of online articles–even top authors! “We all have that problem,” one top author told me when I asked about improving click-through rates.

Why do hundreds of people read online articles without clicking on those internal links? This phenomenon is something that many experts have analyzed and written about in numerous articles on click-through-rates. This payment structure I have described is why you often see sensationalized,  rather silly or limited value content online—the authors are hoping to find a gimmick that will make their content a hit so that it will go viral and they will receive a large number of click-throughs and high total payment.

So what does this mean to you?

Think about it. Now you better understand the secret to exerting control over what gets published online!  

If you have favorite online authors you’d like to keep around and support, then thoroughly review their articles and click on those article links of interest to see where they go! Share the articles you like best with others via email. Use the share features to post articles to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social media site and include comments on why you like the article. You are exerting control over online content with each click and share. With each click you are paying those authors who provide the information you like and value. Your clicks bring attention to those articles, and attention both to the authors and the content subjects.  Remember, Google is watching and analyzing those stats you generate when you click. Google pays authors for each click, so you can be sure that they pay attention to where their money goes. It’s easy to let Google know what you like and value with each click.

You the reader have more control over online content than you think! If you want Google to place more value on art related content then support those authors who write on the arts by clicking on those internal article links and sharing those articles widely.

Want more online articles on your own artworks published?

Authors of articles value a well written press release that provides the full details and includes jpeg images. ( I am glad to receive these from artists.) Now that you know that most authors of online articles do not receive an hourly rate of pay, you understand how important it is for you to provide full details in your press releases and keep your website Newsroom up to date.

One artist, who didn’t even have a blog or website, once told me–“you can go around and search the web for information about me”, when I asked him for a press release.  WRONG! If you don’t have time to write a press release, I don’t have free time to do that for you, and neither do other authors of online content. If you want to become the subject of more online articles, get more exposure and visibility for your art, then it is up to you to organize,  present and provide your information.

Artists and Arts Organizations may send their press releases to me, Marie Kazalia, via email, at: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

SAMPLE ARTICLE: Here is the link to one of my recently published Technorati articles containing artist news.

0% Commission on Sales of Your Art at ArtWeb.net

Professional Artists: Pick up your Paint Brushes! Artweb.net Launches Worlds-First Curated Fine Art Online Community. Allowing artists to sell their work directly to buyers with 0% commission, Artweb.net launches a new free online service for artists that Picasso would be proud of.For Immediate Release

Vancouver, Canada – Artists have always had few options to get their art in front of buyers. The traditional gallery, targeting local buyers with their limited wall space offer a route to the selected few, but many artists struggle to get the galleries’ attention.

At the other end of the spectrum ‘mega websites’ have sprung up in recent years, with no selection or curation process, offering vast quantities of amateurish art, which in many ways detracts from the value of professionally created art.

With the aim of offering a new way for professional artists sell their work, Artweb.net officially announces the launch of its exclusive no fee, no commission sales platform.

The first site of its kind, Artweb.net does not have a membership fee and all artists are welcome to submit applications for the selection jury to consider.

This unique model allows artists to sell their work directly to buyers at 0% commission, using a regular PayPal account. With each artist receiving their own online exhibition space, there has never been a better opportunity for professional artists to benefit from direct sales.

The team behind Artweb.net certainly know their oils from their watercolours. Over 300 highly respected artists from around the world were consulted during the site’s eighteen month research and development phase. The team will remain actively involved as the site grows, steering its progression.

“We believe that the internet represents a paradigm shift in the art market. Buyers want a wide choice of curated quality work, which we can offer on our limitless ‘virtual’ wall space. Artists want access to buyers but don’t want to pay a premium for it. We’ve married these two desires into one site,” says Colin Mansell (Co Founder and ex CEO at The Art Source), who developed the site along with Emily Peterson (Lead Curator and artist) and Catherine Higgs (ex Christies and Philips de Pury).

He continues, “There are too many empty walls out there and too much great art collecting dust in artists’ studios. Galleries simply can’t get the reach that the online world offers. One of our artists in Ireland just sold a piece to a buyer in Mexico.”

Artweb.net has just celebrated its official launch, and already boasts a Facebook following of over six thousand. Taking this momentum into account, the site is planning an ambitious future.

Mansell and his team have a myriad of expansion planes lined up. These include the launch of a fine art print service, consisting of printers located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. With a pencilled-in rollout planned for Fall of this year, the team hope to once again change the landscape of the art world for good.

“We have achieved so much already, and we are in this for the long-term. Artweb.net is already on course to become the largest free curated fine art community in the world. We’re very excited about what the future holds,” Mansell concludes.

To find out more about the website and to start selling your art today, please visit: http://www.artweb.net

Join the ArtWeb.net Facebook community here.

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About Artweb.net

Artweb.net is an exciting new resource and online fine art community.

Based out of Vancouver, the community has curators located in global centres including London, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Sydney and Auckland.

Artweb.net seeks to support and promote great contemporary art, while continuing to represent the interests of their contributing artists.

By encouraging direct contact between buyers and artists, the site aims to make high quality art more accessible to a wider audience. Ultimately, the Artweb.net team is working diligently to build the web’s largest international community of contemporary artists.

8byTen

Clio at 8byTen asked me to share her call for artists here on my blog.
They are looking for any form of art that can be printed (paintings, graphic art, drawings, photography, collage, typography) for their new online print shop.

“ We use high-end giclee printers and have a good knowledge of internet marketing.”

8byTen is currently accepting artist submissions to be included on the site. 8byTen needs your high-resolution art images and they do the rest (print, process and fulfill all orders). Commissions are paid  monthly to artists’ PayPal accounts. It’s a great opportunity to get your name out there and make extra money.

The 8byTen website will launch their new website very soon, but you can take a look now: http://www.8byten.com

To  submit samples, email your images to: submissions@8byten.com or visit http://www.8byten.com/submissions for more information. If 8byTen approves your work you will receive a contract that explains how they work, in detail.

Thanks and best wishes to Clio  @ 8byten.