Hello! I'm new, so I'm filling out your fancy questionnaire:
What's your shop name/URL?
What do you sell/make?
I like trying different materials so sometimes I print on photographic paper, but sometimes on art paper or on canvas.
Right now I have some things that come in wooden frames which I've painted by hand to compliment the image.
What are your future plans for stuff to sell/make?
Future plans involve more images on different kinds of papers and surfaces.
How long have you been doing this?
I'm fairly new to Etsy, but I'm been taking photos for a great many moons. The majority of my adult life, to be sure.
What are your current marketing strategies?
I'm quite new to selling prints so I'm in an experimental phase.
Right now I'm trying to promote my shop by mentioning it on twitter, tumblr, lj, and anywhere else where people might listen.
What kinds of problems are you having (if any)?
I'm selling next to nothing. I seem to be getting views at my shop at least, but I don't know how to get noticed by people who actually have money to spend on art.
What would you like to learn more about?
Marketing in general.
For instance, I believe there is an art even to setting your prices. I've read a few articles about that now, and tried out some pricing calculators that suggest a price based on your material costs and the hours you put in. I get prices that are so very much higher than what I charge that I do wonder if I'm doing it wrong.
Maybe I'm undervaluing my work a bit and giving people the impression that it is something cheaper than it is.
Any big successes/wins you'd like to share? We love to hear about victories!
I consider it a big victory to have made the 3 sales I have so far.
I know that isn't much, but as I feel like I'm just starting to figure this out I'm very relieved to have made even the tiniest of starts.
So my start is small, but my relief to have started at all is enormous.
What fellow Etsyians do you love? Why?
She's a wonderful person who really believes in the beauty around her and pursue that in her art.
(Though she does not currently have anything up at her shop.)
She is quite inspiring in the way she uses photographs not just in creating prints but all manner of things such as jewellery and lamps.
What kind of support or challenges are you looking for from this community? How can *we* help *you* be even more awesome?
I'm looking for advice on self promotion, but also just an opportunity to observe and learn from how others do things.
Are there any special skills that you can offer to help other Etsyians?
I'm such a novice that I'm not entirely sure I have any skills applicable here just yet.
How did you find us?
I found you through angela_n_hunt .