With this horrible pandemic affecting everyone being self employed has once more thrown up the challenges that so many of us have to face day in day out, how do we attempt to make a living when it seems that all areas that were traditionally our main money stream have either closed or unfortunately gone. I'm not here to discuss the politics of it here in the UK, there is more than enough information out there for all to see that things are not going well at all. I made a serious attempt to look at what I already had and what I could do to market it. After several weeks of research I decided to take the plunge and market my artwork, photography and design on the Redbubble market place. I have not attempted to charge anymore than what is recommended in the hope that over time I can get my images out there too a wider audience. Hopefully along the way customers can now own a little of what I enjoy doing so much.
After a long time considering the logistics of selling PRE MADE BOOK COVERS I have spent the last few months producing a small a small selection of quality, original covers, across a wide selection of the most popular book genres. Like everyone around the globe this horrible coronavirus has made us all stop and reconsider how we can continue in business for the foreseeable future. With lock down in place there is little opportunity to get out there and many people are taking the opportunity to be a little more creative than usual. For many that has given them the opportunity to start or even finish that book that they always promised themselves.
While I have been designing books covers for more years than I care to acknowledge I also understand that not everyone can afford a bespoke service. Finances are tight for everyone, yet when I researched the market there seems to be a great many pre made companies out there offering much the same service, some charging prices even above that of a bespoke service. Many of these same companies traditionally source their images from the big stock agencies like Shutterstock. While this may be common practice, having millions of images to choose from, all to frequently I come across the same shots being used time and again. Even big name book publishers have been caught sourcing similar images resulting in books appearing with basically the same shot at the same time. This does nothing but confuse the buying customer and ultimately hits sales. With all this in mind I set myself a few criterias to work within.
This has been a personal project for over 10 years and now I'm glad to announce thats its done and dusted. After nearly 60 years I felt I wanted to draw a line under a great deal of what has happened in my life over this time. The book touches on various areas like my passion for art, photography and music, while confronting relationships, my struggle with depression and a great deal more. I also discuss my past experience on the photo site Ephotozine, a site that overtime changed things for me in more ways than just my photography.
You can purchase it now from Blurb at the following link.
It's available in paperback and ebook format.
Review: Victor Habbick, A Long Walk. An Unreliable Memoir.
An extremely raw and at times sad story of a man brought up from an early age when life centred around tenement living in Glasgow. His stories dissected by memories as and when they came to mind with moments of joy and sadness, highlighting depression and the consequences surrounding this ‘dark dog’ and the way it was never talked about or dealt with.
Having a Mum who grew up in the ‘Gorbals’ in the 1940’s and the stories told of the filth and violence that occurred and subsequently visiting my Nana and Uncle and his family that lived in the sky rise flats through the 60’s to the 80’s in Glasgow, I feel that I can relate more easily to the stories told in a quirky but sometimes tender and emotional way.
Being of the same age as the writer, the fashions, the music, the art is also familiar and life similar but on a different end of the spectrum in being a female.
I have been an acquaintance of the writer through following his photography and the writer has given very positive critique to my images in the early days through a certain ‘photography community’. Having ‘got the eye’ for photography I was very much a beginner, but so wanted to have the skills of the writer. Lack of money and relationship and life setbacks have very much stunted my progression of photography but I still dabble. I still enjoy viewing the writers photography and keep in contact through social media.
I was curious to read the book, as I have never read a book by someone I am acquainted with and have immersed myself during this lockdown period by reading a chapter each evening.
Having finished the book, I realise that it is in part a memoir for the writer himself, he explains that his memory is failing, as it does at a certain age. This is mentioned as he writes, I particularly enjoyed that different memories and images came to his mind, which wormed their way through some of the chapters, quite delightfully diverting from the topic or text you were reading.
Well, done Victor, I feel privileged to have been able to read and share your memories.
Julie-anne Cooke, England, UK
I have been in the professional design, illustration and photography for longer than I care to admit, 25 of those years running my own business. I’m Passionate about so many things in life including, art, photography and music. I needed an outlet to pass on a few articles of interest to me and hopefully others of a likeminded persuasion, thus this blog, enjoy.
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