3 Tips to Save Money by Self-Publishing

In 2018, I published my first book Patched. Publishing books have costs associated with them and I want to break down how I saved money publishing and some other ideas as well.

 

Tip #1 -Grant Funding

First of allI want to start by saying that I was very fortunate to get this book self-published by receiving a grant from the Waterloo Arts Fund -that supports projects from local artist through a two phase application process. With that being said, I think it is worthwhile to search into local/regional grants in the area you live that might provide all or partial funding for a project like this. For this particular grant I applied to there was a requirement that the grant had to give back to the community in some way. So part of my proposal included that I would donate 10% of  printed copies to local libraries.

In 2018, I published my first book Patched. Publishing books have costs associated with them and I want to break down how I saved money publishing and some other ideas as well.

Tip # 2- Pre-sale/Self-fundraise

Selling copies of a your book with a pre-sale can be highly effective especially if you have an e-mail list that you can reach out to. You can offer a special incentive for people buying the pre-sale like save a certain percentage off, receiving early access to a chapter, receiving a free gift like a printed artwork or photograph. These incentives make it more worthwhile for someone to pay for something ahead of time.

In addition to pre-selling your book you could consider self-fundraising which might include a sale in your online shop or using something like a crowdfunding website where you offer something small or some kind of a gift to those who invest in your publishing project.

 

Tip # 3- Consider an online publisher- look for deals!

I used Blurb to print my book. You can look into other online publishing companies there are a lot. I wanted something Canadian since I am from Canada and I wanted more of a photo book with high quality printed photos since that is what the majority of my book contains.

A lot of these online publishing companies including Blurb has a ton of deals and discounts. I got my book printed on a Black Friday Sale and saved 50%. You can follow one of these companies in Instagram to see the types of discounts they have done in the past.

 

Factors to consider when printing a book:

Hard cover versus soft – I chose hard – I wanted a nice coffee table style book

Type of paper- I chose something with a bit of shine and a high quality photo paper

Removing the Logo of the Printing company – I chose to remove the logo as I found it distracting however this costed more

Consider Shipping – Shipping alone for me was close to $110

Consider a PDF Ebook that you can use to sell in addition to your hard cover book as a source of passive income or on your own to save even more money.

With all of my add ons and discounts I paid- (with the support of my grant) -approx. $55 per book + Shipping

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Let me know what your book will be about in the comments!

A Nook For a Nest – art installation by Jackie Partridge

A NOOK FOR A NEST

I started this series of art installations in 2018. This project is something I would love to revisit.

As part of my graduating MFA show Trace and Retrace I printed and framed two photographs from this series.

 

photographs, 23”x 28”, 2018

A Nook For A Nest is a series of photographs that includes twisted maps in environmental installations that depicts the transitory and temporary homes. 

To see more of my artwork head over to my website! http://www.jackiepartridge.com

Interested in Having a Piece of Art Commissioned? Check These Tips!

As an artist I have been doing art commissions for friends, family and even people I don’t know that well for several years.

 

Creating a successful art commission can be a lengthy process but I have come up with a list of tips to create a faster and more positive process for both the artist and the client.

 

As a client  getting a piece of art commissioned you need to:

  • communicate what you want – be clear and specific if you have a vision in mind
  • trust your gut-if you don’t feel comfortable with anything -then don’t go ahead with it
  • ask for a price estimate if it is not provided to you
  • figure out the size of the work you want
  • figure out where you will put that piece of art -this can help determine the dimensions and also the style or colours you like – It is helpful for the artist to see a photograph of your space and know what you like (everyone has their own unique design style)
  • send inspiration  -whether it’s a photograph, colour swatches or a sample of fabric for the curtains that will hang next to the artwork – anything is helpful
  • make sure you have done your research- Do you like the artist’s work?

 

As an artist commissioning a piece of art you should:

  • Give a price estimate that is a range from low-high end (this estimate should include your price of materials and YOUR TIME based off the size of the work)
  • Give an estimated deadline of when the piece will be finished-make sure this is manageable
  •  Update the client if you expect to be late, more money etc.
  • communicate clearly and ask questions if unsure
  • create a sketch or mock up during the consultation process
  • ask for photos of the work hanging in the client’s space for your portfolio

 

I am an artist based out of Waterloo Region, ON Canada- if you are interested in getting a piece of original art made and you are from the area feel free to reach out to me jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com and I will forward you a survey to fill out your thoughts on your artwork that you would like commissioned. I can work with you and your budget!

 

Interested in Getting Artwork Commissioned? Try Artist’s Jackie Partridge’s Tips!

Again if you would like an artwork commissioned by me and you are from the  Waterloo Region, ON Canada- feel free to reach out to me jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com

I hope to create a piece of art for you one day!

 

My 7 Tips on Art Portfolio Applications for College and University Students

I have been exhibiting my artwork since 2012. I have received artist grants and awards and I have attended artist residencies. With this experience I have done my share in submitting my portfolio for numerous applications. See my 7 tips for your college/university art portfolio application below!

After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Lakehead University I also completed teacher’s college. I graduated being able to teach grades 4-12 in Ontario before taking my Master of Fine Arts at Concordia University.

During my time in teacher’s college part of my placement included teaching art to grade 12 students. In the first term I helped students with their portfolios as they were in the midst of applying for university and college arts programs. I volunteered my time to help these students during my lunch break by giving them tips and ways to improve what they had selected to be in their portfolios.

Currently I am working as an art instructor a private boarding school where I am helping international high school students with their portfolio applications in art and architecture programs.

I have outlined 7 tips on art portfolio applications below:

See my 7 tips for your college/university art portfolio applications in this blog post!

 

Tip #1

READ THE REQUIREMENTS -AND FOLLOW THEM

You need to know what they want and usually they tell you specifics!

Every university and college or even programs within the same school have different application requirements when it comes to their portfolios. Some schools are very specific asking for a certain number of pieces, certain media used or certain sizes of work. Some schools want original work, some/most don’t– they want photographs uploaded on programs like SlideRoom.  Some schools even have specific themes like “Make a work that is finished yet unfinished.” This can make the process more difficult and leave students feeling overwhelmed and unsure -often overthinking their decisions and ideas.

 

Tip #2

Show Your Creative Process

Most schools  want to see your process work – they want to see how you think about your art and why you made the choices you did. It is a good idea to explain your artistic decisions in either your descriptions of your artwork or by showing some sketches/tests and rough work as part of your portfolio.

 

Tip #3

Show Your Personality

The purpose of the portfolio is an introduction and a chance for your chosen school to get to know you and see if you would be a good fit there.  You want to show your interests and possibilities you might want to continue to explore while in post-secondary education. You should include materials you like working with and show your artistic style that is unique to you! You can show your personality through the subject matter by making art on things that interest you, that you’re passionate about and make you different from other people.

 

Tip #4

Show Variety

You want the professors reviewing your portfolio to be impressed by your skills and see you as an artist who is versatile. Therefore, it is important to show that you can do more. For example, if you are applying to an illustration program you want to show a mixture of digital and traditional artwork. You want to show that you can work with other mediums like water colour, acrylic, pencil crayon, pencil, ink, pastel… the list goes on and on.

By showing variety you are showing that you aren’t afraid to try new things and experiment with your artwork. It shows that you are open to growing and learning which is the whole point of college and university programs.

 

Tip #5

Show Program Specific Techniques 

If you are applying to specific programs like architecture or illustration you want to think about possible projects that might be studied in those programs. Once you have thought of those ideas you could try to include relevant pieces in your portfolio.

Take architecture for example:

-They create designs digitally and traditionally

-They make models

-They draw with perspective

These are just some of the qualities professors hope to see in your portfolio application.

If you are applying to a non-specific program like a Bachelor of Fine Arts for example- then again you want to show variety with materials but also what you are making include some drawing, some painting and some sculpture work in your portfolio. You need to show your range, talents and abilities. If you only submit drawings in pencil that’s all the review committee thinks you are capable of doing.

 

Tip #6

Details are Important 

You need to remember that review panels are looking at portfolio after portfolio for hours on end. You need to stand out and be memorable. Make sure you consider details to set you apart.

Edit your photos, think about your layout, come up with clever titles for your work. All these details are important.

 

Tip #7

Show Your Thinking, Your Writing and Research

Usually you will be asked to submit written descriptions about your work- make sure they are detailed and informative.

List your inspiration- if you did a drawing based off a building or place -state that research. You want to show your intelligence and critical thinking abilities in these descriptions.

Make sure you edit your writing, stick to the word count and choose a consistent and legible font.

Take time to plan your written descriptions and do not leave them to the last minute!

 

 

If you need more help with your portfolio- click the link below and book your calls by emailing me at jackiepartridgeart@gmail.com

Portfolio Planning Package

 

Good luck in your applications and all the best in your future!

 

 

See my Exhibition at the Button Factory Arts in Waterloo!

Not everyone is from Waterloo, ON so I wanted to share my exhibition at the Button Factory Arts in Waterloo, ON.

The exhibition is from January 17- February 1, 2020.

The group exhibition is called Friends & Lovers and is curated by Tee Kundu.

There is a variety of art forms including photographs, paintings and a community quilt project among others!

I have three works shown at the exhibition. The two smaller photographs are from my Patched series where I embed map paper into areas of the tree where the bark peels always. The larger photograph is titled Nestled and included twisted strips of map paper.

Jackie Partridge - artwork Nestled

Here is the description of the exhibition:

If love is a feeling and care is an action, they are always engaged in conversation. As we navigate our lives, these conversations become increasingly important in shaping our stories. Drawing on personal lived experiences as archival knowledge of histories and possible futures, our identities are forged through our relationships with one another. Friends & Lovers explores the ways in which care, vulnerability & intimacy contribute to our sense of community. Who are you in love with? And how?

Artists:

Yasmeen Nematt Alla

Megan Arnold

Sara Fleiszig

Jane Holbrook

Lara Jerome

TomiiLolaa Kosoko

Lucy Lan

Cassey Leblanc

Madeleine Lychek

Martha Merrall

Sarah Moreau

Becky Ostil

Jackie Partridge

Rebecca Payne

Lauren Prousky

Christie Shen

Johanna Thompson

Curated by Tee Kundu

Located on the Second Floor.

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Patched Featured in RE Nature- Understorey Magazine

My work “Patched” has been featured in Understorey Magazine.

This is from the editor’s words, “RE Nature: Concerning nature.
Renature: To restore to original condition.” Katherine Barrett

Here is the link to view my work and other fabulous artists and writers:

https://understoreymagazine.ca

My Photograph of “Patched” is shown along a written pieces titled “Field Notes on Desire Paths” by By Jenna Butler & Yvonne Blomer.

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Patched- Book Launch – Available Now!

It feels so great to hold the book in your hands that you have been working on since July!

My book Patched is available now on my website check previous post for details! Patched

This book includes colour printed full scale photos on high quality paper. The book is a hard cover and includes poems I wrote that correspond with the photographs.

The book is proudly funded by the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund!img_9524

This book includes photographs of installations where the tree bark is naturally peeled away. I insert map paper pulp as an act of repair back to the tree.

Purchase a copy here!

Make use of the free shipping from now until the end of the month 🙂

Title Page of my soon to be book!

I have been using http://www.blurb.ca to publish my book Patched using the funding I received from the Waterloo Arts fund. I chose to work with Blurb because it is very user friendly and easy to use. I have only been working on it a couple of days and I am almost finished!

Like most publishing sites Blurb offers various sales at discounted rates so you can save money and get your printing done! Check out the title page sneak peek and let me know what you think? Do you like the background colour? Let me know in the comments 🙂

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Working on my Patched Publication

I have been working on my Patched Publication taking photos of patching trees in the Waterloo Region. I am aiming to have my publication completed by the end of December and hope to have the books distributed to local libraries and available for sales on my website in the new year. I will let everyone know my launch day soon! In the mean time enjoys some photos! For more be sure to check out my instagram @jackiepartridge_ or #patchedproject#patchingtrees

Women’s Studio Workshop Residency

Last month I attended the Women’s Studio Workshop Residency in Rosendale New York. I was working in the papermaking studio while I was there. I really enjoyed hiking in the area especially on the Rail Trail. While I was there I made a lot of paper working with maps and blue jeans. I got to try the vacuum table for the first time which was very exciting for my practice. I would highly recommend this residency to all the artists out there!