Instagram where have you been all my life?

I just signed up on Instagram because some podcast interview I listened to said its the place for artists.

Found this amazing artist:

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If you have t checked out instagram give it a try.
I dont understand it as usual- more confusing hash tag stuff but all I can say is Wow!!

What’s your favorite social media platform?

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5 reasons why you should be listening to podcasts.

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Listening To Chris Farrell On the Solopreneur Hour “You are exactly where you should be right now…” and I’m running through Paris right by La Place du Tertre

1. Podcasts are inspirational.

Listening to stories about other people’s journeys will give you confidence to complete your own goals. As you hear about their challenges, obstacles and downright failures and how they overcame them you will gain faith in your ability to conquer your own fears, climb your own mountains, and reach for your own dreams.

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2. There are Podcasts about everything.

Do you like beer, bull riding, to play Magic? Do you want to learn how to sell your first novel, social media marketing or real estate investing? Are you a knitter, gardener, tae kwon do master? Do you want to travel, adopt a baby, lose weight? Want to learn how to farm, work from home, open a retail clothing store? What do you like? I’ll bet there’s a podcast about it out there.

3. Free education.

Podcasting is one of the newest forms of education available and Yes it’s free! There is so much quality information out there you can practically earn an MBA from listening provided you follow the action steps presented and do the work recommended.

4. Podcasting is the ultimate multitasking activity.

You can listen to podcasts while driving, exercising, folding the laundry or doing any mundane task. You might actually find yourself looking forward to your next workout because it means you get to hear the newest episode just downloaded from your favorite host. It’s almost like hanging out with them.

5. Discover friends who have the same interests as you.

Lots of Podcasters have communities that have organically developed over time of fans that share knowledge, tips, successes, etc. Many of these people you end up meeting in person in the future at a conference, concert, or event. Networking has never been easier nor has meeting like minded people from all corners of the world.

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Headed to a Conference to Meet my Peeps! Driven over Going-To-The-Sun Road by one of my Favorite Guests!

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Glacier National Park

 

 

 

The Green Queen proposal

For two or more years I have been working on my book the Green Queen.

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Last year I started a book proposal with help from my mentor. She said go to the bookstores and see where you book would sit on the shelves. What a fun assignment to go around to different bookstores and picture my book for sale. It was the perfect time because it was just a couple of weeks before earth day. I looked at several bookstores in New York City itself. Almost all of them had a special display just for Earth Day. I thought the Green Queen would fit right in. IMG_1237IMG_1238

I’m still not exactly sure where it would go during the regular year. I think it would just be filed under my last name with the other picture books.

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The Green Queen is a story about a little girl like Albert in the movie Bogus who knows the difference between caring for the environment and has an internal compass that directs him to inform others of their decisions. He calls Whoopie Goldberg a “Polluter” when she offers him a styrofoam cup. I think kids get recylcing and caring for the planet easier then adults do.

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You can see other paintings for this project at www.jackiebeyer.com

What’s your favorite thing to do to care for the planet?

The biggest little difference for watercolor painting.

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I was amazed at how much easier this spray bottle has made my water color painting. I used to use a big old spray bottle that was always hard to adjust from stream to spray and just was too big. This little bottle I picked up when traveling once has been AWESOME! I just love it, it gets my paints nice and wet, doesn’t fall over on my desk all the time, and works perfect!

It’s the little things right?!

Are there any tricks you’d like to share that seem tiny but make such a big difference?

Silver Tip Grizzly

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My husband and I saw a silver tip grizzly the other day. I didn’t get a picture so the next morning I made this quick sketch in m journal. I think one of my greatest strengths as an artist is being able to capture a moment after it has passed. I have taken my time getting there, but I am able to remember a lot of strong memories and details from images I capture with colored pencils. As a matter of fact, I created my first children’s book mockup when my husband and I were talking about a family vacation highlight he didn’t remember, which was so unusual because it’s me that typically forgets everything. That’s why I keep a journal!

 

Do you have any secrets for remembering details or capturing moments when your camera is unavailable?

 

 

Paintings From the Peace Garden

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One of my favorite holidays of the year is coming up. It’s the international day of peace on September 21st. Jeremy Gilley worked hard to get this day officially created so we celebrate it the same every year and it includes a universal cease fire clause because of him. To learn about Jeremy’s journey  you can go to his website. I’ve probably watched the movie 2 dozen times at least.

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This year something special is happening for Peace Day this weekend. It’s called the People’s Climate March.

I wish I could be there.

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Although these aren’t new, I have spent a lot of time in the peace garden this summer. Mike had the peace sign built for me for my graduation back in 2003! I love hanging out down here. It’s been absolutely beautiful this summer, but I am quite glad it is fall even though almost everything froze the other night. Feeling so blessed today, I live in the most beautiful place in the world. Hey did I mention we saw a grizzly bear last night? I’ve heard the bears are out.  Always an adventure around hear.

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The Saavy Painter

Wow, found a great new podcast to listen to. The savvy painter. She rocks with great interviews and inspiration for building your platform and creating a growing business out of the work that you love.

I have only listened to a few episodes so far.

18: DUANE KEISER ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH COLLECTORS

Duane has some great pointers for reaching out to people on the internet and building a tribe that enjoys your work and giving them access to your work.

http://savvypainter.com/category/podcast/

 

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Build Your Platform TODAY!

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As an aspiring artist/author/illustrator everyone needs a platform today. Having an internet presence is essential for any creative professional, but it doesn’t have to be fancy or scary at first. And it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either! Once you have your basics started I can’t recommend enough Michael Hyatt’s book Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World: A Step-by-step Guide For Anyone With Something To Say or Sell to learn how to grow your platform and even help you complete some of these basic steps.

Step one.    Establish an email address just for contacts. If you can get your name@gmail.com that is probably best, but you can use a business or nickname as well. It’s best to keep it simple.

Step two. Create a wordpress blog. I say wordpress because this has been recommended to me the most. I had my www.jackiebeyer.com blog and website for two years and never got one follower. At wordpress you get new followers almost every time you add a new post. For example, when I posted the 30 day challenge I had 6 likes in less then 24 hours?! I don’t understand how it works or how people find me to follow but it is amazing. The idea of getting 10,000 followers will feel palpable once you post regularly for a few months. And It’s Free! There are lots of tutorials on how to create your own wordpress blog. Here is a link to Michael Hyatt’s tutorial. You can add pages to your wordpress blog and have samples of your work etc all here until you’re ready to expand to a full blown website.

Step Three. Create an email capture page. Use MailChimp for free or Aweber for a small monthly fee. Your email list is your most valuable ASSET. These are people who are interested in your product or service enough that they have invited you into their inbox. They believe that you are adding significant value to their lives and giving you their time to read what you have to share. Make sure you respect this privilege by creating actionable content that improves your tribe’s lives if you want to see your success soar!

Step Four. Define your AVATAR. This is your ideal client. Is it a reader? a viewer? a listener? How old are they? What do they do for a living? Are they married? Do they have kids? Why do they like your product or service? What do they use it for? What need is being met? Be SPECIFIC. Niche it down to the most basic detail. Try to describe this person in 500 words. Who is the most ideal person that you would like to find your website? The best resource for defining your Avatar is at John Lee Dumas’ site. It’s a mere $7.00 and you will reap the benefits of knowing who your “ideal reader” is, as Stephen King refers to him. You will refer back to your avatar over and over when you make decisions for your business, and knowing your avatar can help you with those difficult choices.

Step Five. Create 5 blog posts. Yes, Five. The first one might take a day or even a week, but then the next one should be easier and shortly you should be able to create 5 blog posts in a day. You don’t have to post any of them, but get 5 ready. You might come back to these at a later time, but you might just move foward. Decide how often you plan to post and commit to that. Maybe you want to post everyday, but I think once a week is plenty. You might decide once a month is enough and you might choose 3 times a week. You can always increase later. The biggest thing is being consistent, something I desperately need to work on, which is part of why I made the 30 day challenge, hoping it will build a habit. Remember, once people find you they will probably go back and read some earlier posts so it’s important to get content building. I also know people who do well with blogs that consist of simply posting an original illustration.

Step Six. Create a minimal viable product (mvp). This can be as simple as a pdf file or a short eBook that people can download in return for their email address. It took me over a year to create this and I still don’t have it posted, but start thinking about it and rolling ideas over in your head. When it’s ready, add it to your email capture. I am STILL working on this. I don’t know why it is so hard for me?

Step Seven. Create a Facebook Page for your business. Plan to post here daily if possible for a month. Simple little valuable content with pictures if possible. This is probably one of the easiest tasks to complete.

Step Eight. Create a Twitter account. If possible, start tweeting with family. Also, start following some topics you’re interested in. This is where I would recommend reading Gary Vanyerchuck’s Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. It’s one you might choose to read again and again. Its known as the  Social Media 301 textbook, and for someone who still struggles to understand twitter and/or pinterest it’s very helpful. I was listening to John Lee Dumas talk about how he finally got twitter. It was after an earthquake and he wanted the most up-to-date information possible. When he realized twitter was the answer, he started going there for more information. I find when I’m waiting in line at the grocery store, etc, this is a good time to check out my twitter feed. I’m kinda starting to get it …

Now Breathe! 

And then get ready for more!

Eventually you will probably want a YouTube account, a Pinterest page and to join Instagram among other social media venues. You may begin to hold google hangouts, create a podcast or videocast, start posting guest blogposts, join a mastermind, and so much more.

Found this great blog post on why you need a Platform this morning: http://chrislema.com/building-your-platform-wordpress-first-steps/

 

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30 Day Challenge

 

So, today I created a 30 day challenge for myself to write at least 10 blog posts for the month of August. That’s one every 3 days. I will aim to publish them on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

I find I have to have goals with an established deadline in order to accomplish more tasks and be successful.

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Some topics I have in mind include:

Creating a Basic Platform for an Artist/Illustrator – and why you need one

The Importance of Email Capture – and what it is

How I Start a Story Book – Project from start to finish

Reading My Own Books on Video – why recording your voice and listening to your story is great feedback

Social Media Basics: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Podcasting, etc

My Ten Favorite Business Books

If there’s anything you would like to read about please let me know in the comments or email me at awesomemontana@gmail.com

 

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