I think I've rewritten this entry five times so far, and I don't know why because as far as I know, only a couple people read these posts...My last post was in March...so a severe update is needed.
My work and my store is going to get a kind of overhaul. After a lot of stress, consideration, and being bitter about a lot of different things, I have a plan in store.
Let me back up and announce that in March, I did land a job, finally. I love the company and am very lucky to be there. It's a great place to be while I plan ahead and/or figure things out. But...it's not in my field and it's not getting many bills paid. So, since the job market is obviously not in my favor, I looked at my art and what I can do to fix something. People do it all the time, right? They get laid off, they learn no one is going to save them, so they save themselves. I've been reading about these people, a lot. I want to be one. I think I may need to be one. As it happens, the company I work for was founded on this principle. Inspiring, no?
I've been working on a new batch of prints. These are more detailed, more time consuming drawings. I have also been studying other illustrators and Etsyians who are on the track I want to hop onto. Over the course of the next month, you will see new prints emerge.
Finally, I have decided to begin charging a little more for my prints. When I opened my store in 2007, I started selling my prints at $10.00. Then, I got a much better printer and paper and upped my price to $12.00. After looking at the market around me, I've come to the conclusion that I am underselling myself. If someone loves a piece of art, a few more dollars won't matter to them. So...
Starting July 1st, prints will go from $12 to $15. I will still have a 'Bargain Bin' section in my shop, of course.
And there you have it. I'm going to try to stick to improving all aspects of my shop. And with that, I'm off to the dayjob.