Posted in Freelance Writer, Indie Author, Life Experience

Selling Myself

As an artist, writer, editor, freelancer, and author – I am always selling myself. I have to prove that this product (me, I’m the product) is worth people’s money. I think you do this less when you work a more traditional job. Yes, you still have to go in and do your job, but I am a continual salesperson with Yvonne being the main item I sell. Sometimes before I can even do the work for the day, I have to prove I am still worthy of being the product that does this job for a living.

Different sales tactics come into play depending on which part of me I’m selling (that sounded far dirtier than I meant it to – I meant whether I am selling my art, my crafts, one of my books, or my skills as a writer or editor).

As a freelance writer, I have to continually apply for gigs or send out manuscripts and queries. I have to always have samples on hand, published online with my name on them – something that isn’t always easy when most of your work is done as a ghostwriter.

As a crafter and artist, I have to always be showing that my skills are growing. I have to prove the things I’ve created are unique and worth someone’s investment in them. And, how do I even get people to see them? I have to be on social media, selling them somewhere online and in person.

As a self-published author, I have to do much the same as I do as a crafter. I also have to find businesses willing to stock my books.

Every single day I am selling myself. Every single day I come up with new ideas to do this. How are you selling yourself?

Here are some of the things I am working on right now:

  • I will have my books and The Art of Dreams & Divination items available early next year at a new local business in Hudsonville, MI – Eye Candy for Your Body & Home.
  • I am creating videos to promote my books, and I recently started recording myself reading poems I’ve written to practice for a book signing event I’m doing in January.
  • I spend at least one day a week sharing my articles, books, art, and other things on social media.
  • I come up with new marketing ideas and tools as often as possible… and I just keep going!


Posted in art, marketing, selling

Making Money Online (and Off)

There are all sorts of places to make money online (and off). It really depends on what you’re selling, or what you want to make to sell.

When it comes to selling online and creating things that I also want to sell, there are a few sites that I like to go to. There are also some options out there where you can share your smarts (in a way) and make some money.


If you have stuff to sell, there are endless online options. I stick with one site. Mainly because that site has worked for me in the past and because I don’t like to spread myself too thin online. I’d rather stick with one online sales outlet and then spread my product out offline, locally.

That one site that I use is Etsy. Here is a link to my shop – Glass Goat Publishing. Etsy has fees. There is a standard fee for posting items and a fee when your item sells. Your stuff is up for a limited time, but you get a lot of benefits with an Etsy shop – including the fact that people like to shop there. Etsy is strictly for vintage, handmade, and craft supplies.

Worth looking into – Etsy isn’t the only place you can sell. I’ve heard good things about the Facebook Marketplace, though I haven’t tried it out yet. You can try eBay. There are also sites that connect with your own website (or stand-alone) that cost a monthly fee, like Shopify. That’s a good one IF you already have a steady stream of regular clientele. Opting for any of these sites opens up the ability for you to sell anything you want, whether or not it’s handmade or vintage.


Want to make some money even when you’re not doing direct sales? You can try to earn funds to launch a new product or new business on a crowdfunding site – like Kickstarter or GoFundMe. The newest fad is Patreon, however.

On Patreon people sign up to pay you a monthly fee for something in return (as little as a thank you on social media to as much as something cool in the mail each month or every few months). I am on my second Patreon. My first was somewhat successful, but I stopped doing that “business” and launched something new.

There’s no charge to get on Patreon, though they do take a cut when someone becomes a paid Patron. Here’s a link to my Patreon, so you can take a look around.


Whether you want to make posters, bookmarks, stickers, or something even cooler; there are all sorts of options online for creating marketing style materials. I have two favorites.

My main go-to for marketing items (whether I’m selling them or giving them away) is Vistaprint. It’s where I buy all of my business cards and it’s where I order posters when I need them for selling/signing/author events.

I recently ordered bumper stickers and bookmarks from them and was extremely impressed. I also get cards and postcards from them that sell well.

The other site I like and sometimes use, which is similar to Vistaprint in some ways (but offers so much more) is Zazzle. You can make wrapping paper, material with your own art on it, and tons of other cool things. It’s not cheap, but they make quality items. I’ve ordered buttons and stickers from them, and they never disappoint.


Where do you like to sell, earn, and make online? Where should I be looking? What am I missing out on?