The Charmed Studio’s Recommendations For Marketing, Writing and Tech Help You Can Use To Grow Your Art or Writing Business
Here’s a list of my go-to people.
Folks who aren’t “all hat and no cattle.”
Most of the sites and services are free.
Most that cost anything here are ones that I’ve purchased myself and are worth the money IMO.
This list does include a few affiliate links.
That means if you click on those links and end up purchasing the class or service on that company’s site, I get a small commission.
My commission comes at no additional cost to you.
If you do buy through this page two things will happen: I’ll do a happy dance and word on the street is you’ll go directly to heaven. 🙂
Let me know if you have any favorite books or websites to add.
Want to Get Better Results From Your Social Media Marketing?
Moritz is a spitfire of a marketer from Australia who does not come off like a used car salesman. She actually has a soul.
Just the thought of social media marketing could make me break out in hives.
But every time I visit “Socially Sorted” I come away hive-free and I usually pick up a fun, new skill (like how to use Canva).
Want To Start Your Blog or Make it Better?
I don’t miss a week of Darren Rowse’s weekly podcast. He’s been my smart, ethical guide through blog-land.
Check out his free “31 Days To Build A Better Blog” podcast course. It gave me the push I needed to launch my blog.
The Charmed Studio now offers a coaching session to help you deal with the fear and doubt surrounding the writing or editing your first blog post.
My free Blog Tool Kit for Artists may help too.
Want to Know Where You Can Sell Your Kind of Art Online?
Best giant, free, helpful list of where to sell your type of art on the web put out by ArtsyShark.Com.
Want To Up Your Chances of Landing a Spot In Primo Juried Exhibitions?
Read what this woman has to say about it.
Visit “Ask Harriete‘s” Professional Guidelines Page for a jaw-dropping amount of detailed, free, info for artists on competitions, contracts, taxes and other vital biz topics.
Want to Get Paid For Your Writing?
Founder/Writer Carol Tice offers the best writing classes and business of writing classes I have ever taken, period. I owe much of my success in magazine writing to The Den. Stay one month or one year. I pop in and out irregularly for short spurts of inspiration and information.
The Den helped me improve my writing, learn how to make grown-up money writing and find healthy, informed community. Great for fiction and non-fiction writers of all levels. Super for learning to promote yourself or your work without being or feeling “sale-sy” or inauthentic.
Drew Kimble, the blogger behind Skinnyartist.Com feels your pain and has some great hacks to handle the problem.
Check out his article: “Stop Stealing My Sh*T!“
Love To Work While Listening To A Good Podcast?
Painter Antrese Wood hosts an excellent podcast to have on in the background to keep you company in your studio.
When I listen I feel as if I’m getting an MFA by osmosis.
Especially wonderful for painters.
Great show notes for art geeks like me.
Need A Shiny, New WordPress Website That Works?
Want to launch your new website without having to get a second mortgage, go to therapy or have what feels like a long-term, co-dependent relationship with a web designer?
Here’s who helped me create my two websites without any of the above.
I started by picking one of the 15 or so commerce-ready, responsive, good lookin’ WordPress themes they offer.
Danny and Arthur then launched my custom domain for me.
I filled my sparkly new site with my content.
During this process Outstanding Setup made the mistake of telling me I could email them with as many questions as necessary.
Years later I continue to harass Danny and Arthur with monthly or even weekly tech questions. And remarkable thing is, they are still kind to me. Wordpress.com has a learning curve, (unless you’re under 20).
Outstanding setup annually host, troubleshoot and securely backup both of my websites (theafiorebloom.com and thecharmedstudio.com) for an annual subscription fee that is way less than what I’ve paid for a facial.
My point is Outstanding Setup has been the best money I’ve spent on my business.
If you want the unparalleled quality of WordPress, without the freak outs that come with going it totally alone, check out Outstanding Setup.
Do You Have A Tough, New York-ish Sense of Humor and Love Art Blogs?
Check out The Jealous Curator by author/artist/curator and crack-up, Danielle Krysa
Feeling Slug-like and a Bit Lost Today?
I love this post on Medium written by Charmed Studio subscriber and creative coach Chey Rasmussen:
Quit trying so hard to make perfect art and just make art. Lots of it.
Should You Try To Get Into Art Licensing?
If you are an illustrator who dreams of seeing your work on t-shirts at Urban Outfitters or on dishes at CB2, you need info on art licensing.
Check out this blog by surf brand goddess, MariaBrophy.Com.
What About Getting an Art Agent?
The top art licensing agency for illustrators I have run into so far is Lilla Rogers Studio.
They get artist’s work reproduced on bedding sets, China and stationery you may see this weekend at Target, Pier One or Nordstrom.
Want To Dramatically Improve How You Write and How You Feel About Writing?
3 Books No Writer Should Be Without:
I noticed something weird last year.
Several of the most prosperous artists I’d interviewed had an specific thing in common.
They all took this wholesaling course by Artsyshark.com founder Carolyn Edlund.
Want To Stand Out From The Crowd And Win That Grant?
This video could really help.
If you are feeling overwhelmed applying for a grant, watch this one hour free video course taught by the woman who wrote the book on grant writing for artists, Gigi Rosenberg.
What is The Best Writing Book For You?
Are You a Jeweler or Metal Smith?
The best art business blogs for jewelers and metalsmiths could be:
Want help with your online gallery or website sales?
You don’t have to have an Etsy Shop to get some benefit from poking about the free, online Etsy’s Seller’s Handbook.
Etsy was smart enough to hire great author/artists to pen some of the best essays in their branding, photography and shipping how-to sections.
Any essay by Lisa Congdon there will be worth your time. She’s the illustrator and author of the popular book, Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist. This book has a valuable chapter on shipping tips for artists.
Here’s a good list from business of art maven, Carolyn Edlund.