Goals for May

Oh dear, where did April go?  It seems I was busy with other things, as usually I’m better at crossing items off my list…  However, one big thing checked off was getting a first draft of my book dummy done.  I got some feedback from my crit group, so that was really great!

  1. Finish first draft dummy/layout for crit next week.
  2. Implement changes after the crit.
  3. Sign up for paid portfolio site.  I think I decided on ChildrensIllustrators.com Waiting for a couple checks to clear.
  4. Sign up and organize updates for free portfolio/illustration news sites. I guess this isn’t really targeted marketing, but it can’t hurt to have your work in more places, right?  So far I’ve joined Society 6, and Creative Shake.  I have a few more on my list.  Its one of those  things thats time consuming to set up, but once its done you just have to update periodically.  Like I said, it can’t hurt.
  5. Continue working on posting regularly here. Uh clearly, no.
  6. Work on a new postcard design: Ergh.  According to people in my crit group summer is the worst time to send out promos.  Which completely makes sense.  I think by the time I get the design done and postcards printed it would May, which is pushing it.  It might be better to just send out portfolios to a small group of potential clients.  hmmm.
  7. Organize promotions effort. Still working on that.
  8. Work on ice cream piece for portfolio. Haven’t touched it.

Unfortunately, (well for this list,) May is going to be crazy.  Birthdays, traveling, house hunting… So I don’t think I’m going to add anything to the list.  Just keep working on the above, and polishing up my dummy.   I do have ideas for targeting new illustration clients, as well as some site changes, but I think between my current work and all the above, I’ll be busy enough.

  1. Polish up the dummy and get it ready to send around.
  2. Sign up for ChildrensIllustrators.com
  3. Sign up and organize updates for free portfolio/illustration news sites.
  4. Continue working on posting regularly here.
  5. Work on making portfolios to send around to select clients.
  6. Organize promotions effort.
  7. Work on ice cream piece for portfolio.
  8. Send out a newsletter.  (You can sign up here if you’d like!)

How is everyone else doing?

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9 Responses to “Goals for May”

  1. Lindsey Says:

    April was just one of those months that flew by, hope May is better for crossing things off 🙂

  2. Deb Says:

    wow, sounds like you have a busy may ahead of you – hope all goes well w/ the illustrations, house hunting & portfolio work!

  3. Liz Says:

    oh yeah, just the house hunting alone makes me gulp… Have you looked into: Blue Canvas http://www.bluecanvas.com/ (a new art mag and site), and Whole 9 Gallery http://www.thewhole9.com/
    Don’t know if either are applicable to you and your art, but there places I’ve recently joined and gotten some e-mail about my art… Hope your May is totally splendid Gaia…

    • andothersuchthings Says:

      Thanks so much Liz! I’ll definitely check those out. So helpful to hear people’s recommendations!

  4. Lay Hoon Says:

    I’ve signed up your newsletter.

  5. Debbie Says:

    Hey,
    I couldn’t find your blog at first but now I got it. I joined the Meetup group a few weeks ago and am so happy to have another illustrator in the circle. Your work in quite lovely. I like how your mind works, I’ve been looking for some more illustration classes online and should check out some of the stuff you found. Thanks for the info and good luck with May.

    • andothersuchthings Says:

      Hi Debbie,
      I’m glad you found it– I know when I started I was a bit unsure of the whole blogging thing, so didn’t list it anywhere prominently on my site. Thanks for the reminder to change that!
      I can’t think of any illustration classes off the top of my head– though IllustrationFriday can have that feel, sort of…
      Anyway great to have you in the Meetup!

  6. sara Says:

    Wow, it seems like May has been crazy for everyone! Good for you for getting your newsletter going – I forgot to even put that on my goal list!

    Good luck with the house hunting!

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