Imagine if I actually had a silver tongue

I have been trying to focus more on my Esty shop over the last week or so. I made a new banner and set a goal to post at least a couple of new listings per month. I have a bunch of work I want to put in there but I always freeze up when it comes to actually listing an item. It’s two things really—photographing items that do not have existing digital information and writing the listing copy. I struggle fiercely with both of those things. Which is silly considering that I’ve been seriously into photography for over a decade and have been writing on this blog for almost six years.

And yet I do.

When it comes to photographing my listings I just don’t have the right set-up. Lighting sucks and I struggle with photographing prints. Getting a really good shot is so important and I find myself deleting my efforts more often than posting a new listing. So I need to work on that. I also need to find the right size models for some of the t-shirts I have to sell. Or come up with a good way to show them that isn’t just laying flat. Like on actual people. Don’t you like seeing a shirt actually on a person? Am I making too big a deal of this? Probably.

Then there is the listing copy. Oh how I loathe writing the listing copy. Coming up with something clever that makes you want to throw your money at me in exchange for my work. I suck at that. It’s the whole “this is so awesome because…” part that really gets me. Great listings make me jealous because I never have any idea what to write in that little box. Dimensions? Check. Boring details? Check. Something really well written? Nope. So there’s that too.

And yet, even with my issues, over the last few weeks I have found myself in…

Picture 2 an Esty Treasury of green things for my Lime Green Sunrise print,

Picture 4

a ByHand Spotlight for my Peach Pit print,

Picture 6and in a 12 Days of Valentines feature on  Lopez’s blog for my Love Suits You prints—one of which sold within a half hour of listing it.

Which is totally exciting. You should stroke my ego some more and go check out the rest of the new stuff.

14 comments to Imagine if I actually had a silver tongue

  • If I had the extra cash I would be snatching up so many of your incredible works! The pictures you post on your blog you should look into selling as well. I know there is the one with the apples I just love. :)

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    *pixie* Reply:

    Thank you! If I didn’t have such a hard time writing copy and getting the listing up I would have so much more in my shop. :)

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  • Ha ha! The apple one is there already!

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    *pixie* Reply:

    :)

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  • POP PAPKE

    HEY YOU DON’T NEED TO BE WITTY JUST PUT IT OUT THERE KID. I’LLBE YOUR MODEL IF YOU NEED A OLD CHUBBY GUY SEE YA REAL SOON. DAD.

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    *pixie* Reply:

    Not sure Old Chubby Guy is really my demographic. ;)

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  • Lisa

    OMG, OMG!! Look at you, getting all that publicity just for doing what you already do so well. So don’t stress too much about your listings, because you’re clearly doing something that works. I love your stuff, and so I’ve got to go check out your link now. Good luck with all of this “art” flimflammery and crafty shenanigans. ;-)

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    *pixie* Reply:

    I know! It’s so exciting. :) “Art Flimflammery”—I can’t decide if that is a delicious dessert or something I hacked up this morning…

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  • like i said…….. i want that peach!

    you are a talent. you have a gift. write that on your mirror and remind yourself every day… the doubt will subside.

    I WANT THAT PEACH! :)

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    *pixie* Reply:

    And you my dear are an awesome cheerleader!

    “you are a talent. you have a gift. write that on your mirror and remind yourself every day… the doubt will subside.”

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Thank you. :)

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  • JQ

    You know, I am a bit of a writer myself. All you have to do is ask. :)

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    *pixie* Reply:

    Trust me, I’ve considered that lots. But when do you have time to write for me? You barely have enough time to do your thing as it is. :)

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  • I can’t help with the writing, but here’s something I ran across today that might help with taking pictures of your stuff.
    http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/02/diy_light_tent_using_plain_paper_an.html

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    *pixie* Reply:

    I have actually done something very similar to this. And I struggle with that too. Clearly I suck. Huh.

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