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Until I got the following response on LinkedIn to the discussion about my article, List of 66+ websites for artists to build online presence. Peter Worsley, an artist from Santa Barbara, California, wrote to me:
These are all the websites at which I have presence:
AbsoluteArts, Artflock, artId, ARTslanT, ArtWanted, Boundless Gallery, Fine Art America, Fine Art Registry, Juried Art Services, Noenga, nuzart, ImageKind, RedBubble, Saatchi Online ( Saatchi-gallery.co.uk/yourgallery), Simply Licensed, WOW- Window On Web, Zatista, Zazzle
None of them are producers. But I like Zatista for its potential for original art sales. ImageKind is the best for prints and cards because they allow the uploading of the highest resolution images. Though I have sold more cards through Zazzle.
Mostly I only use their free services, though I pay for ImageKind, and maybe some others I cannot remember which without looking them up.
Including his own portfolio site, I counted 19 sites on which Peter is maintaining an online presence! I was very impressed and intrigued. The main questions I had were “how much time does he spend on maintaining all of these sites?” and “how does he do it??”
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-In at least 3 cases an artist's work was purchased after being featured on this blog.
-You will be a part of a widening circle of artists-supporting-artists.
WHAT DO I SEND?
Send at least one link to a manufacturing company's "art guidelines" that point to a webpage.
Link must go directly to the art submission info page, or their pdf, and not just a company homepage. Look at the Greeting Card Directory of Company Guidelines and see how the links go directly to artist guidelines. Send to GCDBlog@gmail.com, SUBJECT: Licensing Directory.
WHERE DO I SEND MY LINK?
Send to GCDBlog@gmail.com, SUBJECT: Licensing Directory. Also send your image/copy for your feature, and contact information.
WHAT SHOULD I AVOID SENDING?
-Greeting Card Company guidelines, since we already have a greeting card directory. Don't send card company links, unless they also have guidelines for gift products, such as magnets, frames, gifts, etc.
-Avoid sending links for companies who buy art but don't do manufacturing, such as magazines.
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