[pix_dropcap]A[/pix_dropcap] couple of years ago I mentioned that I was in the process of writing a book about the art industry and my career. I’ve been working on it off and on whenever I have some extra time and I finished most of it earlier this year. I tend to find things to add as the years pass, but I think for now it is pretty much finished.
The book actually started out as a compilation of my blog posts regarding various aspects of the art industry, like pay, working with clients, what the schedule of a freelancer looks like, etc. Most of the book talks about things I wish I had known back when I was in school.
I felt that just compiling my blog posts was a little boring, so I decided to write additional sections for the book. A couple of years later and now my book is 214 pages long.
Below is the current table of contents. These may or may not change, but at least you can get an idea of what I’ll be discussing in the book.
- The Beginning
- The Starving Artist
- Back to School, or Not
- The First Step
- Marketing Yourself
- When Am I Ready?
- Tools of the Trade
- The Freelancer – Truths & Misconceptions
- Working for WotC
- Freelancing Rates
- The Art of Getting Paid
- Embrace Failure
- Managing Your Time
- My Daily Routine
- Staying or Becoming Motivated
- Becoming a Staff Artist
- Illustrator or Concept Artist?
- The Hazards of Digital Painting
- Convention Etiquette and Experience
- Stolen Art
- Biggest Regrets and Missed Opportunities
I’m planning on doing this book as a 1000 print limited run Kickstarter exclusive. A digital version of the book will still be available after the Kickstarter ends, but if you want a physical copy, you will have to back the Kickstarter. I have a few other rewards in mind, but I won’t be doing prints with this Kickstarter, I’m going to save them for later.
I’ve been speaking to Global PSD for printing, copy editing, and the cover design, so I already have quotes from them. All I need to do now is figure out the rewards and launch the Kickstarter. I’ll probably try and launch it soon, maybe in October.
Publishing this book is pretty scary because I have no idea how many people are interested in something like this. Even if I double my goal, after fees and taxes, I will barely make any profit. Signing, packing, and shipping 1000 books by myself will probably take me several months, so I’m not even sure if that tiny amount of profit would be worth it. If I barely pass my goal, I will still end up losing money, so I’m pretty worried and I’m not sure if I even want to go through with the project or not. I guess I have to just take a chance.
Please let me know if a book like this is something you would be interested in. Hopefully if enough people say yes, it will give me the confidence to move forward with the project.
I haven’t done a Kickstarter before, so I’m using this book to test the waters. If this goes well, I plan on doing a Kickstarter for my next art book and possibly some other projects as well. I have most of the design finished for my next art book, but I’m still waiting on a few clients to email me back about giving me permission to include the art I created for them.
Again, please let me know if you are interested in this project. Thanks!