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Freelance Friday – In Praise of Personal Projects

Hi all! Today’s a bit of a quicky post, as I’m only just starting to shake off this flu (let’s hope that’s my quota for the season O.o).

What I did manage to get done in my flu-ridden haze was set up a new blog for a personal side project – a series of magical girls illustrations – which you can find here!

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FF – Sick day

Forgive me, freelance pals! I look like this today.

The ability to delay work a bit if you’re unwell, or things come up, is one of the great blessings of freelance work. But of course, that shifted work always has to go somewhere else in the schedule (something it can sometimes be hard to get others to understand, with your ‘flexible schedule’ – but that’s a post in itself!). So lots of catchup for me next week ^_~


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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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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Freelance Friday 10: On Selling at Conventions

Happy Friday everyone! This post is a response to some good posts around the net this week. Earlier in the week, Matt Badham posted some excellent thoughts on selling comics at conventions. This was followed by a great post by Joanna Zhou of Maqaroon, on tabling at trade shows (of course, lots of crossover to comic cons!). Both are great reads!

So I thought I’d join in on the theme-of-the-week and post some thoughts of my own, especially as we’re just coming into fall con season. (For those interested, this year I’ll be at Nerdfest, Nottingham; MCM, London; Comica Comiket, London; and Thought Bubble, Leeds.)


So here are a few assorted thoughts, trying to add something to the conversation with hopefully not too much repetition. Take everything I say with a grain of salt though – despite doing cons for years , I still have very mixed results!

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Mini Freelance Friday – resource post

Okay, a shorter resource/link post this week, but hopefully no less useful for that!

The first thing I want to link to is the Pomodoro Technique time-management (concept? system?), which involves timed, short bursts of work and short breaks in between each one. I could write a dozen posts on time – how we use it, what we struggle with it, how freelance culture confuses work ethic and overworking – so I’m sure I’ll add more about this sort of thing in future. But for now I wanted to mention this, as I’m finding it really helpful. Especially when I’m working on multiple jobs, and have lots of admin bits and my own projects to keep track of…the To-Do list for the day can be fragmented and confusing and I sometimes don’t know where to start, so breaking things down into short, one-thing-at-a-time chunks really seems to help my focus. And having a timer go off to remind me to get up and stretch every half hour really helps my stiffness at the end of the day, as otherwise hours can pass without me realizing I’ve been sitting in the same posture for that long!

The second link for today is Zero2Illo – a fantastic resource for illustration freelancers. I highly recommend their curated articles section. The second Zero2Illo conference in Nottingham is in a few weeks (tickets available til Sept 30)…last year’s was lovely, a smaller conference with a really sociable feel. I’d definitely recommend it. (Make sure to say hi if you see me there!)

See you all next week!



Freelance Friday 09: Quoting Multiple Options

Happy Friday everyone! Last week I chatted a bit about the streess-inducing topic of quoting for jobs. Today is part two, wherein I extol the virtues of quoting multiple options!

Disclaimer: As always, this is based purely on personal experiences and approaches, and should not be considered as business advice, legal or otherwise. Any use you make of posts on this blog are entirely at your own risk.


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Freelance Friday 08: Quoting and Time

Right, this week and next, since we’ve been very loosely following the course of a project here, I’ll be chatting a bit about quoting for a potential job (whether that be giving a quote yourself, or evaluating what you can offer for a client’s set budget).

Not everyone approaches quoting in the same way. And every job is different, so no approach will cover every situation. Perhaps the most useful thing one can have is a few trusted colleagues who can offer advice  when you get a tricky query. There are a lot of illuminating posts by other freelancers out there though, which can really help, and I’ll link a few of those at the bottom of this post.

Next week, I’ll discuss giving a range of quotes, and adjusting them while still asserting the value of your work. This week, I want to talk about the usefulness of quotes based on time.

Disclaimer: As always, this is based purely on personal experiences and approaches, and should not be considered as business advice, legal or otherwise. Any use you make of posts on this blog are entirely at your own risk.


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Mini Freelance Friday – great links

Happy Friday everyone! So today, I sent off 136 pages of comics, so that is a good feeling!

It also means that today is not a proper post, but I wanted to post something! So here are a couple of excellent links, which are very worth attention, on Hire an Illustrator’s blog/site:

-Illustrator Randy Gallegos has this excellent, thorough pdf on How to Commission Illustration. Like my Licensing Basics comic, it’s aimed at potential clients who may not be familiar with all this. A great resource to bookmark and keep on hand for enquiries from people who may not have commissioned illustration before.

-Illustrator Heather L Shepard has posted a useful review of Comixology Submit, also on HAI!

Thanks for both for posting those! See you all next week!