53. How to Earn a Living as an Artist + The Pros and Cons of Publishing a Book
This week’s guest truly believes in doing what you love without compromise. Jenipher Lyn had always been a creative force, using her creative energies to make and sell jewelry at an early age, but she found her voice as an illustrator during a challenging time in her life. From then, she discovered her purpose was not only to create but to encourage. With every whimsical and colorful illustration, she hopes to provide customers with motivation at any and every stage of their journey.
Jenipher’s path to becoming an illustrator, podcast host, and author has taken many turns, and she is still navigating and learning the intricacies of entrepreneurship. We particularly delve into publishing and the process of self-publishing, as well as what you can expect after publishing and how to generate additional income as an artist. Fun stuff. Enjoy folks!
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- She started making jewelry at age 9 and began selling her jewelry at age 15, maintaining that business for 10 years
- In 2010 while going through a difficult time, she found illustration, which helped her get through that challenging time in her life
- After getting an opportunity to sell her items at a gallery, she decided to apply for a grant
- She won the grant, which allowed her to find a good printer and take a class to hone her craft
- We talk about the benefits of pursuing an artist grant and navigating the process
- When she decided to sell her art, she decided to use these avenues:
- Selling in stores
- Art shows
- Licensing (she’s had cards in Target and Trader Joes)
- After a pep talk with a friend, she decided to self-publish a book and fund it through Kickstarter
- She used Amazon Createspace to create her book
- For her next book, coming out in 2019, she is using a traditional publisher
- To get a publisher, she hired a book agent who was able to get her a deal with Crown Publishing Group
- We talked about how long it takes; she signed the contract for the book in 2016, and the book is coming out in 2019
- Advice for people who are interested in self-publishing:
- Consider size if you’re publishing an art book
- Have people read your content along the way
- Books don’t necessarily generate money, but they bring potential opportunities or credibility
- Different ways she currently generates income:
- Art shows
- Licensing tips:
- Get paid for what you’re worth
- Always make sure there’s a contract
- We talk about the importance of community
- Adobe Creative Residency
- How Being Stubborn Depressed and Unpopular SAVED my Life (version II) by Jenipher Lyn [book]
- Amazon Createspace [self publish books]
- IngramSparks [self publish books]
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