How to Pitch Your Articles, Tutorials, and Designs To a Magazine

A Creative Income guest post by Marie Segares from Underground Crafter. As a creative business owner, there are many reasons you might want to pitch your work to a magazine. Some of the most common reasons to submit article, tutorial, or design proposals are: Compensation: Freelancing for one or more magazines can help create steady […]

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Go Digital: eBooks Can Boost Your Business

We all know that Amazon is a huge online retailer. One thing I love about this site is that they did not initially reject the idea of ebooks thinking it could hurt their business of selling physical books. Instead, they helped to bring the idea to the mainstream by introducing the Kindle Reader and creating […]

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Special Giveaway + Review of Mark Montano’s Latest Book

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If you’ve ever thought of creating a craft book but stopped because you didn’t know how on earth it would ever get published, today’s your lucky day. Mark Montano’s new book, How to Write and Publish a Bestselling Craft Book, is, as the title states, a step-by-step guide to writing, publishing, and promoting a craft […]

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SEO Basics: Using Keywords With Your Photos

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In a recent post, I explained how keywords are the foundation of search engine optimization, also known as “SEO.” You can read that here, if you missed it. To give you a quick refresher, when you use keywords in your blog post titles, blog post tags, and in the text of your blog post, you […]

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How to Make Money Blogging

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To blog or not to blog. That is always the big question isn’t it? The most important part of the answer is whether it would be worth it for you. Blogging can be great for your crafty business, but it’s also a lot of work. Only you can decide for yourself if it would be […]

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The Basics of Being a Contributor

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Many of the magazines I read include a feature that highlights their contributors. Contributors can be regular writers used by the magazine for every issue to more freelance writers to those who contribute a submission one time. It’s always interesting to read the brief bios and learn a little about the contributor. I’ve been a […]

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Be a Part of Your Trade

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The Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) is a trade only organization that has several categories of members including retailer, manufacturer, sales rep, distributor, Publisher, Designer, Teacher, Professional Crafter, and Media. Trade organizations are important because of the networking and exchange of professional/business information. If you are serious about working in the craft industry you should […]

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Be an Original: Copyright and Original Designs

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The tough questions: What’s an original design? How do I know if I’ve violated copyright laws or infringed on someone’s copyright? How do I make sure what I’ve created is original? One of the most important elements of earning income from our creativity is that we must only sell what is original. We can’t copy, […]

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5 Ways to Beat the Creative Blues

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I go through all kinds of highs and lows being a creative being and sometimes I hit a roadblock. My emotions sometimes feel like a roller coaster. Didn’t I get enough as a teenager? It’s so not fun sometimes! With this in mind, I thought I’d share some tips/realities/and coping mechanisms for dealing with the […]

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