Kelly Rae Roberts is a huge mentor to me. She has inspired me so much and I feel she is a kindred soul sister.
If you have ever wanted to start an art or creative business , Kelly Rae has all the answers to your creative-entrepreneur questions.
Here’s what Kelly Rae has to say on her blog about the questions she gets asked everyday by artists like you, and me, who want to make a living making art.
Everyday, I receive emails from creative souls asking for my advice. They want to know how, in a span of just a couple of years, I built an online presence and successful online shop, wrote a best selling book, got published in several magazines, and launched successful gift collections (via licensing deals) that are sold in stores nationwide.
They ask advice on how to sell original paintings, how to have an effective online presence, how to create and package prints/jewelry/originals, how to create a website and community. They ask about licensing, money, publishing, press, and social networking. They ask me how on earth I manage my time, how I face my fears, how I stay organized.
I know exactly where they’re coming from. It wasn’t that long ago that I was sending similar emails out to artists I admired, people who seemed to have booming creative businesses. Some would answer me, but most didn’t. Now that I’m crazy busy over here and on the other end of that email exchange, I get it. I’m sure some didn’t respond because they were simply too busy to give advice to a complete stranger and I’m sure some didn’t respond because they wanted to protect their hard earned information.
For me, it hasn’t been a matter of not wanting to share what I know, it’s been a matter of time and the value of that time. In the end, I deeply believe in finding a way to share our stories, our resources, and how we’ve made it to where we are now.
After months of writing and thinking about how I could best share everything I know (and finally answer, in detail, the questions that come my way) I came up with something that I think is pretty darned special: a series of four e-books called Flying Lessons: Tips + Tricks To Help Your Creative Business Soar.
Flying Lessons: The Whole Shabang
In this e-book, you get it all! It’s parts 1, 2, + 3 combined into one big e-book. It includes everything you ever wanted to know about creating an online presences (blogs, websites, social networking), marketing, licensing, getting press/published, selling online + offline, time management, actualizing goals, copyright, building community, facing fears, burnout, personal stories of what’s worked for me (and what hasn’t worked), interviews with successful artists, and SO MUCH MORE!
You should get The Whole Shabang, which is the complete set of her ebooks!