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

Amazon Kindle

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.

Postcard Portfolio Giveaway For Artists

Postcard Portfolio Giveaway For Artists

Next Day Flyers, an online printing company, is offering artists nationwide a chance to win one of 30 sets of Postcard Portfolios. These Postcard Portfolios are perfect for graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and other artists looking to promote their work to potential employers, galleries and clients. It’s a great way to leave a lasting impression and compete in a tight economy.

Contest Details
* Each prize awarded consists of 100 Postcard Portfolios. Each Portfolio consists of 10 4”x6” custom printed postcards, collated, and bound with a Chicago Bolt.
* The postcards are printed on 14 PT card stock and have the option of full color on both sides as well as either UV or matte coating.
* A total of 30 prizes worth $500 each will be given away between April 1, 2012 and April 30, 2012.

The winning artists will be able to upload their own artwork to feature on the 10 postcards.

To enter, artists simply need to visit Artists can begin entering now, and enter up to once per day. One winner will be randomly selected each day from April 1st – April 30th 2012.


Deadline: Mon Apr 30th, 2012

Online Art Sales


Image by markhillary via Flickr

Artists, if you’ve had sales on Zatista or other sites, I’d like to hear about your experiences.

Yesterday, I received an email notification that one of my paintings sold on Zatista.  A 12 x 16 x 1.5 inch canvas of  poured alkyd oil paint colors  from 2010, titled Abstract Plaid #1, sold for $300.USD + $25. shipping.

Honestly, I have posted my art to online stores since early 2009 and this is my first sale of any of my original art. Over the past year, I’ve only had sales of cards and postcards on the UK-based print-on-demand site Create Today.

[ If you are not on Zatista or Create Today, and would like to sign up, here are the links– Zatista + Create Today ]

I can’t help but wonder why sales occurred for me on Zatista and Create Today, but none on other similar sites? I know that at both Zatista and Create Today I’ve had ongoing communications with the site owners, and none on most other art sales sites. So perhaps the answer is presence and interaction, as well as marketing and promotions?

I like to think that personal attention does make that difference, as I work to set up my Transmedia Artist Amazon store–lining up some great artists with which to open the store. Attending to all the details myself. If you are an artist with an interest in selling on Amazon–read my PDF file just for artists, here:

and please share the link with other artists!

Guest Blog Article by Stephen Tiano

Digital Portfolios and Books

To a book designer like myself, a digital portfolio is a must—along with an abundant and varied social media presence—so that I can present myself to any traditional publishers or self-publishers who might need services such as I offer.

When I began looking into establishing a digital portfolio, I ran across a number of free options, collective sites that housed the portfolios of a large number of freelance artists. At first I thought this could be a good thing, as a large site with many artists would likely draw a large audience perhaps already open to the idea of contracting a book designer. It would, of course, be up to me to distinguish myself from all the others on display.

However, the more I looked around and discussed it with other book designers, graphic artists, and publishing freelancers, the more apparent it became that the more professional route was to pay for a website of my own. And that is what I recommend to any kind of artist wishing to establish a digital portfolio. Those free, group alternatives reek of “amateur hour” and suggest that one isn’t committed enough to being a professional to invest in a site of one’s own.

I tell self-publishers all the time that publishing their books means they choose to go into the publishing business. That means financing their business like any other business, as there are certain needs that will cost real money. But these costs should be regarded as investments.

Something similar goes for artists. Since a large part of art is presenting the work, a professional digital portfolio is a no-brainer. Perhaps the collective portfolio sites are okay as a secondary option, in order to reach into smaller markets, but I truly think it is a mistake to rely on such sites. Put up your own digital portfolio. The costs of this should be regarded as an investment. Collective sites have their own brand to sell—your prime interest should not be their brand, but in establishing your own.

Additionally, many of those collective sites are connected with what I call “meat-rack” job boards on which freelancers are encouraged to outbid each in a downward spiral—“reverse leapfrogging” I call that—to see who can win jobs by offering to do the work at the smallest rate. I can’t imagine any artist wanting anything but that the value of their works should grow higher and higher.

Make a digital portfolio that is entirely your own. Your professional reputation will be better for it.

Stephen Tiano
Book Designer, Page Compositor & Layout Artist

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