Bad IngramSpark Review, I Lost Thousands

I have mentioned recently on my twitter that after selling 1500 books and making the top 100 on Barnes & Nobel I will be making only about $500. Here's a description of why this has become such a shitstorm.

It's taken me a while to post about this because I want to throw up even thinking about it. It makes me want to lay in bed for weeks until I die. It won't be worded well because I feel like garbage but I will do my best.

I recently printed and sold my book "Fragments Vol.1" it is a compilation of about 3 years of sketches that I have done. A fire was lit under my butt to make this book because I made a somewhat bad decision to take on a 6 month long commission, to keep my household's head above water I made the book to make some much needed money. This book was meant to pay my debt from supporting 2 people and making the terrible decision to move, it was meant to pay my taxes, it was meant to pay for a Japan trip which had come and gone, it was basically meant cure all of the anxiety and stress I've felt for the past year. 

I went through @IngramSpark after much research, other reviews had led me to believe it was a good choice but had mentioned it was a learning curve using the site. Feeling confident I went with the site because it offered better quality for coloured books. I carefully read everything with the help of my boyfriend (a smart guy, a seasoned programmer & aspiring author). I spent a lot of time over the past year compiling sketches to put into the book. I took time away from my demanding commission to make the book to keep our heads above water. After finally finishing it my bf and I went through the book uploading process together.

It was convoluted, @IngramSpark is not very user friendly to say the least. I messaged them multiple times and they would either not respond or it would take a month to receive an email back. When I asked for a sales update they would take 3 weeks to send it. When I chose to use @IngramSpark I had read that they have their own shop and that they automatically upload your work to various sites for you. Ingram has a calculator that shows how much you will make from your book and they also have a section where you can choose your wholesale cost. I chose to sell the book for $25 USD, I would receive about $13 per book from that. My bf & I decided that we should take @IngramSpark 's suggestion of giving the best wholesale cost since that is just extra, we would be making the bulk of the money via my following which I would link to Ingram's shop.

I had WANTED to use a platform that had it's own shop because I knew that all of the sales would be from my following so there was no need for me to go through any other companies other than the printer's site. BUT they don't market that anywhere, they don't allow you to set it up. I LATER found out, after receiving an email that was 1 month late, that they do have their own link/shop that you could direct customers to so that you can make the full price. I just assumed that since it was impossible to call them and the fact I didn't get any emails back from them that it didn't exist. But, yeah apparently they have a secret link/shop you can use instead of giving giant companies like Amazon & Barnes and Nobel a huge cut. Nice to know that was an option considering I just made Barnes & Nobel lots of money from 3 years of my hard work.

Anyways, when we were uploading the book we chose to give the bookstores a large percentage because it was "extra", later we discovered that the wholesale cost includes Barnes & Nobel + Amazon. "Wholesale" was the key word. This word lost me a LOT of money. "Wholesale" to me is the cost that is given to the physical bookstores to sell them so that they can pay their staff. "Wholesale" is cheap bulk quantities of stock, what "I" was selling was POD so it was singular orders so to me "wholesale" meant a bookstore buying a large amount of books, that didn't include my followers buying individual books. On IngramSpark's site they say that you should give as much money as possible to the wholesalers because that is what will convince them to sell your book. Knowing that Barnes & Nobel and Amazon automatically sell the books regardless meant, to me, that those sites don't count as wholesale. The wording and confusing manner of @IngramSpark 's website has lost me over $20,000. So instead of making $13 per book I made 10-40 cents per book. They SHOULD have said "retailer" cost instead of "wholesale" this would have saved me. They also should have a better customer service team that will actually respond to you when you have questions! What ALSO would have saved me would be better customer service. If I would have been able to view sales reports on time then this could have been avoided. It took weeks to get a sales report. When I had my own shop I could see everything that was sold by the minute. I feel like since Ingram is such a huge company that they should provide these things.

It's frustrating because I had questions about things and they never answered so I went ahead thinking it was okay and it screwed me over, there's nothing I can really do about it cause in the end "I" made the mistake and they can't return the money because the wholesalers are who made bank. IngramSpark's wording was bad, the user interface was terrible and the customer service was practically non-existent. 

I love my job but it can be so hard because the business side of this job is nothing I ever wanted to do. I am here to make art, that's all I am good at. I am not here to be a lawyer, a salesperson or a logistics manager and because I don't know everything about all of these things it has crippled me time and time again. I WANT to release things aside from just originals and art prints but it is challenging and it feels like there is no one experienced watching my back and it's scary because any company or person can steal from me or take advantage of me and there is nothing I can do but let it happen.

This money was meant to help me out. I feel like I have been manipulated in some weird way and have never felt more depressed and angry at myself. 

If I don't get anything else out of this experience please PLEASE do TONS of research before allowing a company or publisher to sell or distribute your work. Maybe try emailing them and make sure you get a response in a couple of business days? Read every page of their site, read the FAQ 3 times over.  Make sure you don't miss ANY info and if the site is complicated then either don't use it or call the company to walk you through it, even if it takes an hour to get through to customer service (yes it took an hour when my partner first called to dispute the issue). Stay safe, ask lots of questions and keep your work protected.

Please do not attack the company, as I've stated, this is a huge misunderstanding. I am not going to try and sue them because it's not entirely their fault, they just have a terrible website and it needs to be fixed, besides I am not the type of person who could handle dealing with something like that, I hate confrontation. That doesn't mean that IngramSpark shouldn't change it's site, but I certainly don't want people to bully them cause that's not how positive change happens. Besides, all of the money has gone into Amazon + Barnes & Nobel's hands.

To avoid this in the future I will be using printers that I personally know. I will also be looking into getting an assistant who knows much more about all of the business stuff.


What will happen with the book?

I will likely remove my book from IngramSpark so it will no longer be available through 3rd party sites. I am in talks with other printers about whether or not they would like to sell it.


How can we support you right now?

I've had lot's of people ask me how they can support me through this and I am not sure at the moment. I am thinking about making something through Rhino Barking Sparrow, perhaps a print or something. I had friends mention opening up a GoFundMe account but that feels "too much". I'm not sure what to do to be honest because I don't have much time. I am going to leave the comment section open for suggestions.


UPDATE No.1:

I just made a Ko-Fi account for those that had wanted to support financially.
ko-fi.com/audraauclair

I am still trying to figure out where to print the book, there are a few options so I am waiting for responses and Lopi is doing some research for me. I am going to be releasing a $25 print tomorrow via RBS as well.


UPDATE No.2:

Holy butts guys, thank you so much for all of the love and support through words on social media and Ko-Fi. I have managed to make back 1/4 of what I WOULD have made if this whole fiasco hadn't happened. It softens the blow so much, my stress about moving and debt has lessened. I am just overall relieved and can't thank everyone enough. Just, thank you.

I have talked with Rhino Barking Sparrow, the print company that usually prints and ships my work and they said they will be able to print and ship the book. There is a set-up time and everything so it will take a short while but I will re-release the book shortly. I'll post an announcement on social media when it's ready.


UPDATE No.3:

After emailing IngramSpark to have the book removed they finally removed it 15 days later in their usual slow fashion. I still get Wholesale Comp Reports, I have to wait 90 days till I get any money from it. I have realized that I have a distaste for the book industry. I get some bad vibes from it. I don't like how publishers treat their writers/illustrators, I don't like how they draw out payments, they don't let a lot of writers choose the covers they want, I don't like how printers work and that could all just be my experiences but I don't like it. Rant over.

I'm glad it's over, I'm sorry I was a drama queen about this, it just hurt and I was heartbroken to see my work just thrown away without the compensation I had deserved. I have had this happen to me before, I've had gallery owners steal paintings, I've had people auction painting's I've spent 20 hours on for $30, I have had some shit experiences with selling my art and I had told myself I wasn't going to let it happen again. And I think that's part of why I was so shook up about it. I am waiting on RBS to start printing the next run of books still. They have been ultra busy so it will be a bit longer.

Personally I am moving on from the experience, I have learnt a lot. I feel bad complaining about it but I was pretty heartbroken at the time. Tax season has passed and thanks to the prints I made recently, a commission payment, and the ko-fi I received from some amazingly kind-hearted people I am back on my feet financially plus emotionally and will be able to move back to Victoria. Lopi just did an interview at a Dev company and we will be a dual income household which will allow me to work on my personal artwork, YouTube and perhaps even my comic finally. We have mostly been a single income relationship for the past 8 years we've been dating because we both took turns helping each other with getting each other's creative careers going. So things are looking up!

"Fragments Vol.1" Book Release + Book Info + Deep Life Update

March 26 - Quick Book Update

The book is currently only available via Barnes & Noble BUT it will be available on other sources such as Amazon (US, France, India, etc.), Ebay and other random online shops. I will post another blog post with all of the links to various stores once they are available. I'll be posting that blog post on social media so everyone that lives in a country where you can't order from B&N, there will be other options shortly.

 If you google the title and find it online elsewhere PLEASE check the page count, if the page count is 88 or 90 pages then it is the old revision, the new revision is 106 pages so the site hasn't been updated with the proper book yet. This is primarily because the site I used to make the book is convoluted and frustrating but I chose it because it offered the best quality for POD books.

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Life Update + Some Backstory for the Book

After over a year of struggling with work and depression it is a huge achievement for me to release my sketchbook compilation "Fragments Vol.1". I'll always be honest with my followers and readers about my challenges because I dislike the filter that is put on social media accounts, I'm a real person with real person issues and hopefully talking about it can help. That being said I had some issues with creating "Fragments Vol.1" mainly with the site I used. I'll touch on that in a bit.

After using a local printer for my first book, a zine called "Masayume" about my first trip to Japan, it was clear I couldn't handle shipping the books off myself. The act of signing every book plus customs forms damaged my wrist for a few days and we shipped about 1000 of them ourselves (Lopi & I) which took (I think) 3 months, this is partially because I had to ship the books with prints as well causing a huge delay. It was this time in 2016 that I hit a ceiling in my career, my Birthday soon came on Nov.9th which was the day America got a new and very unpalatable President, it was also when I fell into a deep depression. I've pondered about this period of time and how psychologically I have fallen into that state, it lasted over a year and I feel I am at the tail end of it. I have concluded that the reasoning for falling into the pits are one or more of the following:

  1. I just accomplished my biggest dream of going to Japan, no more dreams left.
  2. Just worked nearly everyday for the past 9 months to save up for the trip for two people, now depleted and having to get back to work.
  3. Realizing that I can't move forward in my career and not knowing how to move forward because I had no time to do any art or the other things I invested time in (YouTube, Patreon, etc.).
  4. Trump and the fear of him ruining Canada's Economy since a large percentage of our trade is with USA. He has since cut off the forestry and is cutting off the steel industry along with many others. Luckily our PM is in talks with other countries. I also feel that the fear of everyone else has reflected on others, such is the human condition so many in 2017 were depressed.
  5. A loss of regular family life after loss of brother.
  6. Meeting biological grandfather and discovering he is a misogynistic old creep. Having him manipulate me to have a relationship with him while boasting about himself and asking nothing about me and my life. 

I've been through a lot in the past, I've been able to recover decently well. So when I really dissect my mental state and the reasoning, I think the primary reasons were having nothing to work towards anymore and hitting the ceiling of my career and not knowing where to go. Since I was a kid my primary drive in life has been my artwork, I am a VERY goal driven person, I need to have something that I want or I am a sloppy sack of meat that will play Overwatch all day.

I recently watched a video of Frannerd's about hiring help and that really got me thinking about the things I could do to move ahead and for the first time in a long time I feel more hope. I also feel hope when I see how well other artists are doing, sometimes it can cause the opposite effect though and I see how far behind I've fallen in numbers and I feel crippled by my illness. But that is something I am trying to teach myself to ignore, to not focus on numbers and to make my own path however many turns it may have.

For those of you that don't know I have been living in the middle of nowhere on a random snowy mountain in Canada. We decided to move here before winter and it has been the 3rd biggest mistake I've made (1st is buying a new car, 2nd is going to graphic design school). I didn't know that it would turn into a prison, it takes over an hour to shovel the driveway and there is a 50% chance of getting stuck in the driveway or on the road to/from our place. There is a general store with a cafeteria that serves no vegan food, grocery store is 30 minutes away and they lack lots of foods, the nearest city is 1.5hrs away and it isn't the greatest. This place is cursed, here's why:

  1. We are trapped here 24/7.
  2. Our deck lit on fire after putting a bucket (with fireplace ashes inside) on it. The ashes were fully put out but the bucket was plastic, it melted and luckily I made the decision to not work that night and go into my office or the house would have burnt down with all of our belongings.
  3. The fireplace glass broke, we had to use the fireplace with huge holes in the glass until new glass arrived. 
  4. The only nearest proper restaurant burnt down right after we moved here.
  5. Anyone who tries to visit gets stuck before they can reach our house. I've seen both Lopi (a very calm person) and my sister (much less calm, she kicked her car a lot) have full on breakdowns over this, I have also had a breakdown (punched steering wheel and "ugly cried").
  6. We have gotten towed twice. 
  7. Power goes out regularly. I can be out for a full day at times. The day we moved it it went out and was out all day.
  8. Have gotten stuck, people have driven by without offering help, very un-Canadian.
  9. The woods are filled with people protecting their grow-ops with guns.
  10. I've gotten sick more times here than anywhere else.
  11. It has been a money pit, $900 on winter tires, $300 tow truck fees, $2000 moving fee, $250 for wood for the stove, $180+ bi monthly for electric despite always being able to see our breath in the house we also later found that the heating is faulty as well as the appliances.
  12. And there's mold now.

We have decided to move home ASAP so I had some serious motivation to make my book. With taxes coming up (probably around 5-8k), needing to save for moving truck (2k), having a last minute trip pop up (4k-ish), having a massive 6 month commission that doesn't allow me time for personal work (also takes 60 days to pay me), and having to support Lopi and the cats I have some serious motivation to work myself out of this place and this mental state otherwise I will get totally lost in it. Once we move back Lopi can get a job and I can finally start to rebuild myself back to where I was.

I am so ready to start over and do all of the things and that was definitely a motivating factor for this book. I hope this doesn't sound complain-y, I want to be 100% honest and to be real with you guys, I don't have a filter, so what you see is what you get.

 Well said my Canadian compadre, well said. Who else was raised by 80's movies while mom was out waitressing? As far as I know Steve Martin is my dad.

Well said my Canadian compadre, well said. Who else was raised by 80's movies while mom was out waitressing? As far as I know Steve Martin is my dad.


Making "Fragments Vol.1" 

Compiling all of my sketches took a few months because I needed to find time during my commission to source all of the images. I then had to fit all of the sketches on each page in a flattering way, I drew on top of some of the pages digitally to add some extra filler as well.  After my experience with the last book I had decided that I wanted to use a company that could handle the logistics, printing, shipping, everything. I had to make my last book limited because I could NOT keep printing and shipping those books on my own. After much research I went with IngramSpark. It had the best options for paper quality. My experience has been not the greatest, the website is VERY convoluted not allowing much details for the author to track their sales or to even know where their book is being sold. I have to google to find out where my book is being sold online. It takes ages to update any edits. The site itself is such a mess I can't begin to describe it.

After filling out a bunch of forms and googling how to do various different things (due to the lack of explanation and use friendliness of the site) and getting an ISBN# from the Canadian government I finally got it all sorted out. I got the first proof in the mail 3 weeks after ordering it, that is with a one day expedited printing, I didn't get expedited shipping because it would have been a $100 book. The last third of the book was a bit difficult to see so I reconstructed it which took about 3 days and then I had to wait for the 3rd party sites like Barnes & Noble to update the book...it had the book already available on the site because the book got listed early...because the site is complicated. So that is why some of the 3rd party sites have the wrong book, they haven't updated yet. Amazon will take a long time because CreateSpace (another POD service) is owned by Amazon and they give them priority over other book services, but I've hear bad things about CreateSpace and it seems geared towards novels, not art books.


The reason I used a POD service:

I wanted it to be available forever so using a POD (print on demand) service seemed like a decent route. In the future I will go through a proper publisher or another company that is willing to handle the logistics because IngramSpark is not worth it. The quality is decent though my copy had a white bar across the top of some of my pages, other people haven't had any mistakes like mine though. I have seen other artist's that are well known use this service as well so initially I felt fairly safe using it. I will have another book coming out in summer which will be a zine from my 2nd trip to Japan and should include some other goodies, maybe stickers, a pin or a patch, I will be going through Rhino Barking Sparrow for that one. 

 

In the future I would love to get back on my feet, start my shop up again and sell some really awesome stuff. I would love to print on clothes again. I am super inspired by artists like Fran, OMOCAT and Koyamori that's what I will work towards once I get back on my feet. 

Lastly thank you SO MUCH everyone for supporting me this past year+ for people who hung out with me on Twitch, bought prints, commented, liked, etc. it means a lot, it's scary to feel like you might lose everything if you have a break down and it means a lot to see you all sticking around. I'm very grateful and it just makes me smile to have such awesome people in my life whether in person or on the other side of the globe. So, thank you.

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Upcoming Gallery Shows

Haven Gallery - Vanitas Show

This show will be displayed alongside Nadezda’s solo show “Nightmares & Lullabies”. 
Exhibition opening: February 24th, 2018 from 6-8pm
Exhibition duration: February 24th – March 31st, 2018

Haven Gallery
155 Main St., 
The Carriage House Square
Northport, NY 11768
havenartgallery.com 
info@havenartgallery.com

I'll be displaying my oil painting "Obliviosi" at Haven Gallery from February to March. "Obliviosi" is a very personal painting for me. It is framed in a glossy black ornate frame. Here is a preview of the painting and my meaning behind it:

   With this painting I tried to capture the feeling of losing my 14 year old brother to a brain tumour. His tumour was called "DIPG", it's an inoperable tentacle-like tumour that targets children and slowly cuts off their brain so over the course of a year they lose their functions while being cognitive until they pass away. No one has survived this tumour. I was so sure he would pull through because we tried everything and I had the notion that he'd be the first kid to survive, having never experienced death before, I was naive and wrapped up in my own life, blindfolded. His death was a painful reminder of time lost and his illness happened so randomly and affected so many that I am always reminded that it can all be over anytime. I wanted to capture the confusion, dark beauty and sadness of those last moments. My Mom started a fundraiser called "Butterfly Kisses", in my brother's name, to help kids with brain tumours, the logo is a butterfly which I designed.  

With this painting I tried to capture the feeling of losing my 14 year old brother to a brain tumour. His tumour was called "DIPG", it's an inoperable tentacle-like tumour that targets children and slowly cuts off their brain so over the course of a year they lose their functions while being cognitive until they pass away. No one has survived this tumour. I was so sure he would pull through because we tried everything and I had the notion that he'd be the first kid to survive, having never experienced death before, I was naive and wrapped up in my own life, blindfolded. His death was a painful reminder of time lost and his illness happened so randomly and affected so many that I am always reminded that it can all be over anytime. I wanted to capture the confusion, dark beauty and sadness of those last moments. My Mom started a fundraiser called "Butterfly Kisses", in my brother's name, to help kids with brain tumours, the logo is a butterfly which I designed.  


WOWxWOW Gallery - MircoVisions

I'll be displaying a small piece for the online group show" MircroVisions" hosted by WOWxWOW.
Exhibition duration: April 6th - 27th, 2018

I will be displaying my painting "Floa" on WOWxWOW's site, it will be shipped by me to the buyer. Here's a slideshow preview of the painting:


If interested in either of these paintings feel free to email either galleries about pre-ordering them.

My Originals Currently @ Galleries ✚ Feb. 2018

I have been asked a few times lately when I am going to put out new originals. Since the ones in my shop seem to sell out quickly I figured I would make a quick post of the originals I have at galleries in case anyone is interested. I have also updated my shop to that there will be links to my work in galleries at the moment. In order to keep my shop looking clean I will put the images and purchasing details here.


"Spore" Original Gouache @ Spoke Art Gallery

Title: "Spore"
Medium: Gouache on Wood
Dimensions: 10"in diameter
Price: $650 USD

Available for purchase HERE.
This work is featured in the Miyazaki Art Show. On view at SPOKE NYC from September 29th - October 1st, 2017. Payment plans are available on certain works, please email NYC@spoke-art.com for more information

[SOLD] "Vestigial" Original Gouache @ Last Rites Gallery

Title: "Vestigial"
Medium: Gouache on Wood
Dimensions: 12" x 24"
Price: $1000 USD [SOLD]

To inquire about purchasing this piece
email the Last Rites team at info@lastritesgallery.com


"Siren's Feast" Original Gouache @ QPop Gallery

Title: "Siren's Feast"
Medium: Gouache on Paper (Framed)
Dimensions: 16" x 12"
Price: $750 USD

Available for purchase HERE.

New Print Available from Rhino Barking Sparrow!

Prints are finally available of my painting "Rue", they are limited to this weekend only from January 19th-21st (2018), sales end at 9pm PST. This is the only time this will ever be available as a print. If you are interested click here to have one for yourself.

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I'm happy to see her finally become a print. I spent a few months working on her on and off. She represents my journey with depression and struggling to find the right path. I feel like she was a good therapy painting for me through that process. The birds are bad thoughts and fears disguised as cormorants. They lead the the girl down the wrong paths with promise of better mental being. I wanted to show a range of colour to express that not everything is bad, as will most of my paintings about depression and mental health I often add a lot of colour and beauty because even though it can't be seen by the person who is struggling, beauty and happiness is still present. 

I have also made some new pins with Rhino Barking Sparrow. We've sold out of our first 100 in the first day or two but we will be making more that will be available in February 2018 so keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram or Twitter for updates if you are wanting to grab one up in the next run!

Moving Update - Winter 2017

It's been a while since I've posted so I feel like it's time for an update. Since September I have moved twice, hung out with some amazing humans and have encountered a lot of personal obstacles. These past months I've made the switch from my old shop and have been relying on Patreon, some YouTube ads, Twitch and income from Society6 and INPRNT. It has been a huge hit to my income but I feel like this is where I am meant to be right now. I am mainly focusing on Twitch lately and I very much enjoy it.

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Here is the studio in our last place (who doesn't love a good studio pic?). I found that it was a bit too much for us. We didn't stay long as it was pricey, there was no separation between me and my partner's work spaces (we both work from home), and we wanted to try moving closer to my family.

We moved to a cabin in the middle of nowhere that has proven to be cleansing but also isolating which has allowed my mental health to suffer. Many of you who follow me and my work know that I have suffered a lot with depression in the past year. I am open about it because I feel like it is very important to discuss mental health for the benefit of humankind. I have tried many things to fight this illness but nothing seems to work for me, I have recently gone in to see a doctor to test my blood and seek external help. I have been feeling much better this past week and am looking forward to being my old self. 

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The environment makes for some good photos.

We are a half an hour from the post office and grocery store. We have a general store at the bottom of the mountain and the local population apparently triples with tourists in the summertime. It has been challenging to run a business out here but I am making do. We got the car stuck up the mountain while returning from the general store on my Birthday, everyone in the area knew about it after 2 days. I miss Vancouver Island and my island friends very much but I always wanted to try living in the woods, it's been an adventure to say the least.

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Here is the current studio, it is a work in progress at the moment but it'll look really nice once I can put up my artwork (including new art from J.A.W. Cooper that I am amped about).

The days have been dark lately but I've been inspired to create. We put a hold on the comic that Lopi and I were working on together but I have been thinking about it a lot this past month. I've also been toying with the idea of creating a quick strip comic.

I have taken a break from Youtube, as most of you know, to pursue Twitch. It is much more stable and personal which I LOVE. I might still upload the odd video on YouTube but for now I am focusing on just a few things and Twitch is one of those things. I am hoping to get partnered this month. The feeling of talking with people while I draw feels like being in art class, which is an environment I've always felt at home in.

I just want to say thank you to those who have sent kind words and have supported me this past year. I am grateful to have such amazing friends and patrons on all of my platforms. You keep me inspired and motivated even in the dark days. I love you all so much and can't wait to create more for you.

That's all I have to share for now but I will be posting information about upcoming gallery shows in the future so stay tuned for those!

<3
Audra

Huge Scary Career Changes

I am shutting down my shop which accounts to 75% of my income.
It's OKAY! :D
*shivers*

In all seriousness though I am finally moving away from Storenvy to another platform. I am doing TWO sales while I make this transition.
This shop will be a 10% discount and my future shop will have a 20% discount.

 Just a little screen cap so I can reminisce later.

Just a little screen cap so I can reminisce later.

Click here to go to my new shop!
Promo code for the 20% off: R3MLBZW

I'm having a 10% sale on the shop I'll be closing. I'll be closing it on the 20th.

I'll also be selling via Society6 for a while but I'm not sure for how long because art thiefs.


The reason I'm switching...

1. The biggest reason is that I don't have the time to package and ship orders anymore. I had switched that job over to my partner, Lopi, but it was too much of a strain to keep up with orders. We found ourselves tired and unable to focus on our comic or other personal work. I've looked into various 3rd party companies and even logistics companies but I would still need to do a lot of customer service, photography, middle man work, etc.. For those who have been following me you probably know I struggle with my mental health and I feel like wearing so many hats has taken a toll on me over the years. I've also had a couple of the best years of my adult life, they have been so successful and I don't regret the path I've taken AT ALL. I think I just need a change and I want to take a step back.

2. I am wanting to focus almost full time on making my comic. Lopi and I have been putting off our comic since 2013! I have simply been too busy, but I want to take this time to focus primarily on the comic. Closing this shop is a VERY risky decision because I am actually losing about 75% of my income and that income supports me, my partner and our two cats. So I will be creating originals along the way, doing Twitch streams, the odd YouTube video, using Patreon plus printing through Inprnt, Society6 and Rhino Barking Sparrow.

3. Storenvy is no longer a platform I want to support. I've had a lot of issues with them in the past. It is hard to manage my income for tax purposes, they take weeks to respond or fix issues (sometimes never fixing them), their management seems to not really know what they are doing (read about this after doing some research online and it shows), and I basically just want a more professional setup that functions properly. It's not to say it won't be good for some people, I've had FAR more success on this platform than any other I've tried selling my artwork on but that's most definitely due to my own following because you peeps are brilliant human beings and you make my life.


What is going to happen/change?

- I am going to be closing Storenvy down. 
- I will transfer most of my art prints over to Inprnt. This means prints will no longer have my signature unless they are through Patreon or the odd gallery/3rd party. Since I live in Canada I can't often sign things for galleries but I will do my best to do some signed work.
- I will also print exclusive prints through Rhino Barking Sparrow and galleries.
- Originals will be sold through  this site (the "originals" link) and galleries. 
- Patrons on my Patreon will get signed limited prints every month still (for now, I don't see this changing anytime soon unless it becomes too overwhelming). My Patreon will be changed to support the comic and Lopi/me as a pair since we are creating it together.  
- I will do my best to stream on Twitch frequently showing my progress on the comic. 
- I will also do my best to create YouTube content but for now it isn't a very stable platform as YouTube keeps making changes that hurt it's creators, either way I still want to try and make videos when I can.


What do I want to happen in the future?

I would love to create comics that change peoples thinking for the better. I want to inspire people with them and give them an escape into a unique world. I want to learn more, I want to take courses to learn fundamentals I've missed and give myself the time to grow, to draw without sharing, to draw without needing to think "will this sell?". I want to create art books full of all of my random styles and subjects. I want to have a job that feels more like a normal job, to make time for myself, to have a healthy relationship with social media, to go outside and create, to travel and meet my followers at cons and to fall back in love with art. I feel like to do these things I need to cut out the jobs that I don't like that have become attached to my work, the ones that kept me from keeping balanced. I think it is possible, I know balance is something that you always need to struggle to hold onto but I hope it is easier to hold onto with this new direction. 


Thank you everyone for the amazing support you've shown me through my shop, I hope you will follow me as I create my upcoming artbook and comic. The comic won't be available until late this year, it will be a scifantasy webcomic. I will be posting progress on Patreon if you want to support the comic and follow along check out my Patreon.

It's still in progress but it will be changed over to being focused on the comic over the next week (before Sept 20th).