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Hoping to Join the Roster

I’m in the middle of a new step in the marketing and promotions process. I am completing an application to become part of the Mississippi Arts Commission’s Artists Roster. If my application is approved, I’ll join a list of artists who visit schools and other venues to perform or teach workshops. Aside from the exposure, this is important because schools and other organizations can use grant money from the Mississippi Arts Commission to pay roster artists for doing presentations and workshops. Some organizations make it a policy to invite only artists on the roster because they may not have the time or expertise to do their own vetting.

I will be applying online and you can read about the requirements here. Many of the things the commission requires are things that a writer or illustrator trying to promote a book should be working on anyway. For example, an artist must provide copies of promotional materials and give details about his or her marketing plan. The application doesn’t amount to very much more work — and it is serving to focus my thinking and efforts on this work that otherwise might not get done.

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