Monthly Archives: October 2013

Freelance Friday 13: Applying for Opportunities

Happy Friday! After a couple of weeks of practical posts, we’re back to something a little more article-y, though as with the last couple, this one is courtesy of things I’m thinking about this week.

I’ve started my research and planning to apply for a grant for a project, after lots of back-and-forth dithering over which avenue would best be tried first. And of course, who knows if I’ll get it. So I thought I’d write a post today about weighing the opportunities and risks of the things we apply for.

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Writing Wednesday: Intro Post

Hi everyone,

I’ve been thinking of starting up another post series in addition to the Freelance Friday posts, focussing on writing. I’m not sure how long it will be, and it may not be weekly like the FF ones, but hopefully I’ll be able to offer something that’s helpful or thought-provoking now and then, or even just links to good blogs and resources I’ve come across.

For ages I’ve been meaning to get a blog series up for comic writers looking to work with artists, so this’ll be the place for that, and other writing and story ponderings. If there’s anything you’d particularly like to see covered in the working-with-artists series, let me know!

I’ll also try and regularly make a quick note of what I’ve been reading, more in a recommendations vein than any sort of reviews, because there’s so much good stuff out there to celebrate! They won’t include a lot of info on the books, as there’s plenty of that elsewhere – just what’s having a good impact on me that week and what it’s been making me think about. To start that off, this week’s Read/Recommend:

Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This book is a stunner, gorgeously written and with a truly fantastic main character with a ton of agency.

It also got me thinking about setting. I’m not really into the kind of worldbuilding that involves encyclopedias worth of info and becomes an end in itself, but I do realize the resonance a setting can have, and I realized that the reason Coldtown felt so rich as a setting boiled down for me to the fact that there were clearly other stories to be told. It felt like you could pick a random inhabitant of the place and they would have an interesting story of their own. I know showing the tip, implying the iceberg is hardly anything new, but the thought phrased itself in my head in a way that I hadn’t really thought of it before, and that’s always a good thing. Letting settings become and feel like places where there are other stories than the one that’s being told.

Freelance Friday 12: Sale or Return inventories

Happy Friday!

Like last week, this week is a resource post, based on things I was doing this week and thought might be useful to some.

This week I’ve got some work for sale at the excellent Memories of the Future digital-meets-analogue pop-up shop in Nottingham. So I thought I might share my sale-or-return combined inventory sheet and agreement, for use with shops, events or galleries who may not have a standard one of their own they prefer to use.

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Freelance Friday 11: Digital Content Agreements

Hello! First off, although I know you’re here for the freelance talk, did you know I have a new book out and buy-able? ^_~

Right! Today’s post is a bit of an odd duck, being very specific. But because it’s specific, there’s less resources available for this sort of thing, so I’m hoping it’s maybe helpful, or starts discussion.

Next week, a digital pdf version of my comic Now and Then will be available, for Nottingham’s Memories of the Future project. I realized that most of my usual contract template totally didn’t work for the situation of someone else reselling my work via digital files…

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New Comic Klaxon! Atomic Sheep!

So glad to finally have this available for you all! I have received some boxes of books and I can assure you they are shiny and pretty and lovely! ^_~

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The comic’s minisite is atomicsheepcomic.com . You can read a preview chapter there, and – assuming we can get the blog working – I’ll be doing regular blog posts for the next couple of months, including process posts, illustration posts, and perhaps even some of the embarrassing early artwork made when I was first thinking up this story in university! Anything you’d like me to cover? Let me know!

If you’d like to buy a copy, there is a general list on the site, which we’ll do our best to keep updated. But I’ve got a few recommendations – and I’ve also put together some bonus packs for those who enjoy extra goodies with their books!

-Over on my Etsy store, you can buy a bonus pack featuring the book (signed), an original A5 sketch, two button badges, and a set of six mini/postcard prints (featuring the cover and chapter illustrations from the book)!

-Conventions! I will be at some! Atomic Sheep’s first outing will be at Nerdfest in Nottingham this weekend, and I’ll also be at MCM, Comica Comiket, and Thought Bubble.

-Ask your local comic shop to order it in! I hear that Orbital have copies currently, and Page 45 should have soon! If you’d like to do this, the ISBN is 978-1-909276-09-3, the publisher Markosia, and it’s available via Gardners among others (in the UK).

-Forbidden Planet currently have it listed on their site at a great discount (currently £10.31!)

-Digital: I don’t currently have a date yet from Markosia, but it will be available – I will let you all know dates as soon as I hear!

-And finally, if you’d like to be able to get it out at the library, put in a request for it! This will also help get it into the library system in your area, where other readers can stumble upon it too, so I’d love you to do this! As above, the ISBN is 978-1-909276-09-3, and the publisher Markosia.

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And finally – I’m looking to promote this book via events/interviews/exhibitions/etc, so if you’d like to chat about something of that ilk, please do drop me a line!

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So excited to share this with you all, and would love it if you’d spread the word, and the atomicsheepcomic.com site, around! Thanks all – you rock!