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[BKARTS] Artist Book News / participants comments
This is a continuation note about Artist Book News with participants
comments, as I promised, and more info on why, if you are a
professional book artist, you should be showing in the Artist Book News.
Artist Book News is the only way I know of to reach around 500 known
book buyers world wide for less than 50c each. Here is what Ed Hutchins
"I always look forward to participating in Artist Book News for three
1) Collectors have frequently purchased my books after reading about
them in Artist Book News. I have received orders from both private and
2) I can't hope to personally visit all the collectors and libraries
that receive Artist Book News. This publication allows me to reach a
specific, dedicated, group of book lovers. It's an opportunity I can't
afford to overlook.
3) All of the books that are presented in Artist Book News are of the
highest quality and they are produced by the finest book artists
currently working in the field. I am honored to have my books presented
alongside these well-crafted publications."
Since selling artist books is my sole income, I have an invested
interest to find everyone in the world who buy books. I continually
update, expand and search for new names. I have been working on this
database for over 8 years. A market savvy artist will see this is key
to getting exposure. Book Artist Karen Hamner Says:
" I am ... assuming there are places on your list that are not on mine,
that's why I've been doing the newsletter -- I can't send my mailing to
places I do not know of."
Now to be quite honest, not everyone has had sales or queries from the
news letter. But this does not mean you or your work was not been
noticed. No one will buy a book they have not seen. So don't hide you
art under the bushel. There's a scared mantra in the advertising world.
"Repetition, Repetition, Repetition is the key to selling". I heard
there were 4 different multi-million dollar ad spots for Coke during
the super bowl! Advertisers spend that money for a reason. Repetition
works. Mimi Schaer shared this experience with me:
"Years ago there was book show at a co-op gallery...I put work in. The
show looked like shit. 3000 books and stuff, every thing jammed in all
over the place and I said to myself, "ok, now I know, and I'll never do
that again'. 2-3 years later. I got a call from a guy I didn't know,
who was editing a publication's issue with an artist book theme, they
put in a beautiful full page of my work. At the last minute, I said
'btw, where did you see my work?' It was at the co-op show! So you
Jan Kellet had this to say:
"Nothing definite I can point to, but I did have a good sale from a
perviously unknown library, it could have been from the Artist Book
News. I think people are being a little short-sighted, if they can't
see the value. Anything that raises the artist's profile has to be good
By the way this is not just to showcase book artists in the US. I have
had Canadians and would love to see artist from other countries show
their work. While most of the mailings are in the US, there are a
number to Canada, and other counties such as the UK, France, Germany,
Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, and Belgian. And I am working
to add more world wide.
There are a lot of people who make artist books, but there are very few
who make a living from artist books. It is work! But I believe the
biggest challenge for creative, right brain people is the marketing of
their work. The Artist Book News is an easy way to show the world your
work. I only have 8 spaces left at this time. Email me today to reserve
you space. More details are at http://www.mysticalplaces.com/ABnews.html
Looking forward to helping you promote your work,
Mystical Places Press
Handcrafted artist books,
one of a kind and small editions,
miniature and not so miniature.
Publisher of Artist Book News
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