Color Voices Place
Poetry of California’s Central Coast.
Toni Wynn, Carla Martinez and the late John Sousa.
Sea Moon and Mille Grazie Presses.
A few months back in these pages you met Kayla Garelick,
a wonderful abstract photographer and mixed media artist profiled in my new book about selling artwork and crafts online
. Including a profile of Toni, who’s also a writer, arts educator and museum consultant, helped me broaden the scope of the book beyond the usual list of suspects: fine artists, photographers, craftspeople, etc. Many people don’t realize the vast opportunities to market and publish writing online, including on venues often seen as limited to the visual arts.
Toni places her poetry and other writing online in a few different ways, with more in the works as time permits. (Can you relate to that?) When the Shakespeare Press Museum (SPM), which published Toni’s book Ground, a hand-bound, letterpress, limited edition of original poetry about the earth, stopped selling the book online, she realized that she needed more control over selling her work. SPM was selling Ground on Etsy, and Toni plans to open her own Etsy shop to sell it and other limited-edition broadsides (single sheets of original poems paired with visual art).
Her blog, “Call Your Mother
,” is both on Blogspot
and hosted directly through her website. She writes on the blog with great heart and humor about a range of topics, including her amazingly talented and adventurous children.
Toni also hosts a blog and runs a Facebook page for an arts + STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project called “Jam: Jazz and Visual Art in Engineering.” “Jam” is a collaboration between the Hampton University Museum and HU’s School of Science, Engineering and Technology.
Toni enjoys dipping into others’ work and thoughts online, and even at this early stage, likes being a part of what she poetically calls “borderless communities.” She has a profile on Goodreads, and she frequently posts comments and reviews on the site.
Are you a writer interested in sharing your work online? What sites have you found?
If you’d like to learn more about selling your work online, check out my book Sell Your Artwork & Crafts Online: An Insider’s Guide to the Worldwide Arts Market. And please join the facebook page I started for people to network with other artists interested in selling online, where you can post questions and comments, share your progress and frustrations, and find the free tips that I post about selling online.