5 Resources To Help You Plan Your Successful 2013


At the end/beginning of every year I make plans for the coming year. Doing this consistently has helped me be more personally fulfilled and professionally productive.
Here are five resources that will help you do this too.
1 Make A Bucket List
Identify the actions that are most important to you.
2 Make Plans
Increase your productivity and fulfillment by making a plan.
3 Define A Project
Focus your creative efforts and create an action list to achieve your goals.
4 Developing Personal Projects
Tips on developing, completing, and releasing your personal projects.
 5 Keep Current Projects Visible
Create visual touchstones to help you focus and follow through on projects.
6 Getting Things Done
David Allen wrote the definitive resource on Getting Things Done.
Pay close attention to the section on Mission/Goals/Projects/Actions.
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PhotoShelter's Guide To Selling Fine Art Photography


There is no definitive guide to selling fine art but this one offers useful advice from diverse perspectives.
“Packed with actionable tips, Selling Fine Art Photography delivers rare insights into what it takes to sell photography in galleries and online. Experts weigh the pros and cons of online versus offline galleries and suggest how to get noticed by each, how to use in-person events and social media to your marketing advantage, and different ways to maximize your website to generate business. This guide provides an in-depth look at how several photographers found their way into the fine art world and determined what can sell, how to price and market their work, and what printing methods serve them best.”
Find Photoshelter’s free guide Selling Find Art Photography here

Save 15% On FotoQuote Pro – Stock/Assignment Photo Pricing Guide


Looking for information on how to price licensing and assignment work?
PhotoQuote Pro is the software I use.
Get 10-15% off with this code (upgrades excluded) – JPC0111.
Stock and Assignment Photo Price Guide
“When someone wants to use one of your photos, you don’t need a number pulled out of a hat, you need help to get paid fairly for your work. You need fotoQuote, the industry standard photo pricing guide for stock and assignment photography.
The fotoQuote photo pricing guide is the only source of photo pricing information for photographers that includes powerful coaching help for every category. The fotoQuote price guide not only helps you come up with a fair price for your image license, but it also gives you the negotiation information you need to help you close the sale.”
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Pricing Assignment Photography
With the new and updated Coach categories the Assignment Coach is so full of information that it’s like having a photo pricing seminar built into the program. You also get negotiating suggestions on how to deal with clients …”
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Set Your Mission, Goals, Projects, Actions


I don’t make new year’s resolutions. I make those kinds of commitments at any time of year, whenever it becomes clear they’re necessary. But I do make plans at the beginning of every year. I review my mission, goals, projects, and actions lists. Doing this helps me clarify where I want to go, make sure I’m on the path to getting there, outline the steps necessary to get there, and set realistic timelines.
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PhotoQuote Pro – Stock / Assignment Photo Price Guide


Looking for information on how to price licensing and assignment work?
PhotoQuote Pro is the software I use.
“When someone wants to use one of your photos, you don’t need a number pulled out of a hat, you need help to get paid fairly for your work. You need fotoQuote, the industry standard photo pricing guide for stock and assignment photography.
FotoQuote is the only source of photo pricing information for photographers that includes powerful coaching help for every category. FotoQuote not only helps you come up with a fair price for your image license, but it also gives you the negotiation information you need to help you close the sale.
FotoQuote Pro 6 has just been released and it’s our biggest upgrade in the almost twenty years since the original version of our photo pricing calculator was written. We’ve added 86 new categories bringing the total to 304. The new version now includes both still and video stock footage categories, assignment pricing, thumbnails, international currency and much more.”
Learn more about PhotoQuote here.
Find more business resources here.
Learn more in my Digital Printing and Pro Portfolio workshops.

Publish Your Photography Book


Industry insiders Darius D. Himes and Mary Virginia Swanson demystify the process of producing and publishing a book of photographs. They survey the current landscape of photography book publishing and point out the many avenues to pursue and pitfalls to avoid. Himes and Swanson provide an overview of the publishing industry; an intimate look at the process of making a book; a close review of how to market a photo book; a section on case studies, built around discussions and interviews with published photographers; and a final section presenting a wealth of resources and information to aid in the understanding of the publishing world.
Their forthcoming title Publish Your Photography Book also includes a number of additional interviews and contributions from industry professionals, including artists, publishers, designers, packagers, editors, and other industry experts who openly share their publishing experiences.
Read more with my Bookmaking resources.
Learn more in my Pro Portfolio and digital printing workshops.
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Gallery Contract


Sign a contract with anyone who exhibits your artwork.
Putting verbal agreements in writing produces something tangible that all parties can refer to if memory fails – and it will. You and your representatives need a contract to work professionally together. If someone is unwilling to put something in writing, they’re not likely to honor it. Contracts are not about taking people to court; when they work best they keep you out of court.
Below is the contract my lawyer wrote for me. He’s graciously agreed to let me share it with you.
Change this basic contract to reflect the specific nature of your agreement with the agents or agencies who represent your work.
Don’t change clause 2. This key clause changes the nature of the consignment agreement. If the entity (individual or business) doesn’t reimburse you for sales or return your work you’ll be able to involve local law enforcement agents more easily. I’ve only had to do this once. So far, I’ve always been paid for sales of my work and I’ve always had my artwork returned. Many artist’s can’t say the same.
Do include a termination clause. Contracts should be revisited periodically – I recommend annually – to confirm that the nature of a relationship has remained the same. If it has evolved, change the contract to reflect that evolution.
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