99 Ways to Market Your Art

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You’re an artist — a writer, musician, illustrator, or dancer. Maybe you’re into doll sculpting, keepsake jewelry making, fashion photography, plein air painting, or composing ambient electronica.

You’re pretty brave when it comes to creating, but the mere thought of marketing your work might make you break into a cold sweat.

Would you rather be shot out of a cannon than toot your own horn? Is balancing on a tightrope more attractive to you than asking people to shell out money for your masterpieces?

If so, don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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5 Reasons You Should Embrace Rejection

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Chances are, you read the title of this post and huffed, “I hate rejection! Rejection, I will dance upon your grave!”

The good news is that you’ll never stop experiencing rejection, so you won’t have to be shining up your dancing shoes anytime soon.

Wait — did I say the good news?

I did. In my career as a magazine writer, book author, content marketer, blogger, and copywriter, I’ve been rejected well over 500 times. Yes, I counted.

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Wait, Was That a Click or a Conversion?

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That’s the problem with discussions of social media ROI today.

Unless your company ponies up for enterprise level social media management software, you’re left to use free or low cost platforms that offer little more than click tracking data.

But it’s all you have, so you use the data to develop and manage your ongoing social media strategy.

The problem is, once you upgrade to a social media monitoring platform that includes conversion tracking, you begin to see a very different world.

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5 1/2 Reasons You Should Kill a Draft Blog Post

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“Forget the schedule. This post sucks.”

That’s the refrain I repeat to myself at least once a week. Whether it’s working on a piece for Copyblogger, my own blog, or our Google+ account … something’s not clicking and I need to throw in the towel.

Ever been in that position before? Perhaps you struggle to know which ideas to kill.

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A Common Sense Guide to Getting Your Work Done

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I don’t know about you, but creating content is not always a piece of cake. (mmnn, cake …)

See how easy it can be to get distracted?

Writing requires the actual use of your brain, not just the low hum of “On” required to zone out in front of your television.

It requires a little forethought, maybe some (at least light) planning, as well as a host of other factors conducive to churning out words on a page that make sense, and communicate your message to your audience.

However, there’s one little itty bitty thing that can save your ass every day of the week, not just in writing but in life. (Although let’s stick to how it applies to writing for today.)

It’s called common sense.

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Announcing: Seth Godin will be Keynoting Authority Intensive

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Ah, the challenge of writing about Seth Godin.

The process: Write 12 paragraphs of embarrassing mush. Delete. Ponder.

Write 12 more paragraphs of really embarrassing mush. Delete. Despair.

Because “Seth Godin is awesome” is a terrible marketing cliché. And like a lot of clichés, there’s a good reason for that.

Around the Copyblogger Media virtual offices, we’ve been squeeing all over our shoes very pleased to learn that Seth Godin will be keynoting our first major live event, Authority Intensive, taking place May 7-9, 2014, in beautiful Denver, Colorado.

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