Tips for printing and selling calendars?
March 25, 2012 4:56 PM Subscribe
How can I help my friend print and market a wall calendar of her art?
posted by Sweetie Darling to Work & Money (3 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've recently become friends with the mother of one of my son's classmates who is a talented children's illustrator. She has several published books to her credit and is always doodling and drawing. She posts a new drawing to Facebook just about every week. They are delightful pictures of multicultural children - whimsical and fun with terrific hand-drawn typography - with affirmations that are positive but not sicky-sweet.
I saw her the other day at school and kind of blurted out, "I love your art! You should make a calendar!" and she said, "You should help me!" And I would love to help but have no idea how this works, so I turn to the hive.
Are calendar publishers like book publishers - do they take unsolicited submissions? I assume she has a literary agent; should she just pitch the idea to him/her? Is it more realistic to focus locally - with a small print run and targeted pitches to gift shops and small retailers - or is that cost- and effort-prohibitive? Any other cautionary tales or lessons learned you can share?