This year, my focus has been on branching out and exploring new opportunities, and in the spirit of adventure, I've created an account on Patreon, a site which allows fans to support their favorite artists financially through donations.
Patreon will be special place where my most loyal followers and collectors can feel appreciated, and have creative input over the direction I take my career.
Looking back, 2014 was an eye-opening experience for me, a blessing often in disguise. It has taught me that the road ahead is very, very long. Although I've come farther than I expected in a few short years, this is only the first rest-stop on my journey. There is still so much to do.
My 2015 Literary Cats Calendar Kickstarter project will run until this Friday night, November 21st, 10:00PM EST. I've added two Stretch Goals to keep momentum going, and hopefully we can reach at least one of these new funding goals. :)
I would highly suggest pre-ordering your calendars from Kickstarter if you want one, as pledging will GUARANTEE you get as many copies as you'd like, as well as the exclusive backer-only perks! Leftover calendars will be sold in my Etsy shop.
This year, after much deliberation, I will be producing 2015 calendars of my literary cat portraits! I am running a Kickstarter campaign through November 21st to raise the funds needed to print them in bulk, and expect to receive the calendars in early December to ship to customers. :)
I knew that selling prints would increase my sales and exposure, and I sought guidance from other artists who were successfully reproducing their artwork. I learned that collectors were looking for quality reproductions, and I chose to invent money in a professional grade Epson printer that uses archival pigment inks.