2017 Pantone Color of the year


Pantone color of the year for 2017 is “Greenery”

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Click the link below to see the article:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/home-and-garden/pantone-color-institutes-color-of-the-year-is-greenery/ar-AAliv4W?OCID=ansmsnnews11

Rossana Kelton, Artist of Innovation

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New venues to sell your art


I will like to try this experiment in which I like everything Facebook has to give me to like within a 48 hour period. I was very surprised that someone has tried this. I also added some of my artwork for sale at a site called Society6.com. My posts can be seen at:

http://society6.com/rossanakelton

I learned that if I format my images, I can add images to different products such as pillows, t-shirts, clocks, iPad skins, iPad and laptop skins, tote bags and mugs. There are many different opportunities for an artist that is interested in selling their images in various products. I have not sold anything yet but I am looking forward to selling more in the future.

I also was looking at the idea of creating an ebook of my images to create an electronic marketing tool.  I was able to download the software for the sites. The best sites to create a photo ebook are Mixbook, Shutterfly, MyCanvas, Picaboo, Kolo, Snapfish, Presto Photo, SmileBooks, My Publisher, and Lulu.  I was looking for a site that was free. I know Lulu.com is free. I was looking for a site that specialized in photo ebooks. It is a good idea to market your products by publishing a photo ebook but the issue of cost becomes important. Some of these sites wanted to charge me to publish a photo ebook because it was a package deal to publish an actual softcover photo book and a photo ebook. All I want is to publish a photo ebook but I am not interested in publishing an actual softcover book.  I am open to suggestions?

Cover Image Size and ePublishing Hints


As I started epublishing books, I was not aware that different sites have different requirements for epublishing the cover image. If you are designing your own cover art, there are different requirements for the image.

For example many sites have the following suggested parameters:

Cover image file:  The recommendation is that all images be in the format .jpeg or .png. Cover images have to be uploaded in these two formats. ePublishing sites are not uploading images in .pdf format.  Also cover images cannot show web addresses, advertisements, promises of items that are not included or pricing. The ebook could be rejected if these items are present in the cover image. Sometimes an ebook is rejected in one site because it does not follow the epublishing formats of that site. The writer can go and revise the ebook until it meets the requirements of that site. The ebook can be epublished again.

The recommendation is for images to be clear, of the right exposure (not over or under exposed) and of good quality. Use a good image editor such as Adobe Photoshop to edit the image and create a good quality product.

File size: The recommendation is that the size should be less than or equal to 2 MB. It is suggested that you create the file size as small as possible. Sites such as Amazon, charges a digital delivery cost per ebook according to the size of the ebook file. This cost is paid by the author.

Dimensions: This is a tricky area. Some sites have images that require a minimum width of 1400 pixels.  My recommendation is to use a dimension of 1154 pixels by 1731 pixels and this worked for various sites.  

Resolution: Many ebook publishing sites do not have a recommended resolution. The recommendation is to set up a resolution of 300 dpi. One site had a resolution requirement of greater than 72 dpi.  If you consider publishing a paperback, the resolution has to be 300 dpi.

These are all suggestions. My recommendation is that you go to each epublishing site and study their requirements for uploading a cover image for your book. Each site has different suggestions and recommendations. An ebook can be rejected because the cover image failed to follow the requirements of that epublisher.

Resources:

Melody Simmons, Ebook cover size requirements/specifications, (Retrieved from http://ebookindiecovers.com/ebook-cover-size-requirementsspecifications/ on March 22, 2014).

ePublishing online books


          Many people think of fulfilling their dream of publishing a book online. To publish a book online, you must purchase an ISBN (International Standard Book Number) from Bowker Identifier Service and purchase one ISBN number for a set fee or purchase 10 ISBN numbers (this is the best deal if you plan to write more than one book). I was going to suggest to all ebook publishers to purchase a barcode. The only problem is that an ebook is not going to be scanned for re-order, such as a hard bound book. Therefore, I have not been able to find anyone who can either agree to disagree as to the use of a barcode on an ebook. ISNB numbers are important because this differentiates the publisher of a book. If a writer owns his or her own ISBN number, they are the official publishers of a book. If a company provides a “free” ISBN number, this company is the official publisher of the book.

           Many companies have their own formats and publishing guides with their expectations as to the formatting of text, generation of table of contents, editing, and cover images. The writer has to make the decision of selecting a company that he wants to work with. I researched various companies such as Lulu (free publishing), Lightning Source (fee publishing) and many others.  The main issue is money. A beginner might choose to self-publish with a free service. Let me make a clarification. A free service is not free. The “free” service charges a percentage of each sale to publish. Good luck publishing your ebook online. There is more to come on this topic based on experience

ebook publishing


Purchase your own ISBN number. If you want to epublish a book, you need to have an ISBN number. If you purchase your own ISBN number, you are going to be the actual publisher of that book. If you accept a free ISBN number from a publisher, the publisher will publish your book in their name. This makes a big difference in terms of who is the book’s publisher. This is just a small tip I wanted to bring to other publisher’s attention. You can purchase your own ISBN number from ISBN.org by Bowker. Your best buy is the 10 ISBN numbers for one price. If you want to publish multiple books this is your best value for your money. 

Link


Art that Sells

 

Art that sells is an unconventional guide to selling art. The purpose of this book is to provide techniques and strategies to improve and increase the sale of art. Why is my art not selling? Artists asks this question frequently. This book will define all the secrets of art sales greatness and more. This book will teach artists to become better salespeople.

Kelton Contemporary Fine Art Blog


This is a great idea to post information about art training and selling your art.

rossana kelton

Kelton Contemporary Fine Art

Kelton Contemporary Fine Art blog is a sister site to Kelton Contemporary Fine Art on Etsy. We will post the latest information about selling your art and our latest gallery art. We want to help other artists with their art careers by providing useful information about safety, selling art and art techniques.  If you are looking for homemade fine art, contemporary prints about sailing, boats, marine art and more? Check out our full selection of handmade, made in the USA, fine art prints at our Online Gallery at Etsy. We have “LIMITED SUPPLY PRINTS”  You can custom decorate your home or office with an unique, one-of-a-kind original artistic representation.

Give Hope All Year Long!!

We are donating 25% of all proceeds from the sale of our art to:
1. AIDS Foundation of Atlanta, GA
2. American Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer.

Visit our Etsy site…

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Kelton Contemporary Fine Art Blog


Kelton Contemporary Fine Art

Kelton Contemporary Fine Art blog is a sister site to Kelton Contemporary Fine Art on Etsy. We will post the latest information about selling your art and our latest gallery art. We want to help other artists with their art careers by providing useful information about safety, selling art and art techniques.  If you are looking for homemade fine art, contemporary prints about sailing, boats, marine art and more? Check out our full selection of handmade, made in the USA, fine art prints at our Online Gallery at Etsy. We have “LIMITED SUPPLY PRINTS”  You can custom decorate your home or office with an unique, one-of-a-kind original artistic representation.

Give Hope All Year Long!!

We are donating 25% of all proceeds from the sale of our art to:
1. AIDS Foundation of Atlanta, GA
2. American Cancer Society in support of Breast Cancer.

Visit our Etsy site at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RossanaKelton