Cut from a scene in which our heroine becomes separated from her friends and must continue on her own.
I love this one! Is this one for sale?
Ugh. I used “this one” twice. Have mercy. I’m sick. 😦
MPJ, You’re complimenting my art–I’d be sick to pick on your word choice.
I’m having fits about the piece though. It is for sale, though to be honest I haven’t set a price for it. That side of the process makes my stomach churn. I was planning to put it in the art festival and was saving pricing until then…but if you want, we can come up with something.
I hate the money part of things too, but I’m going to make you do it! Yes. Please, come up with something. If you are selling it, I want dibs.
About the price thing: you could tackle it quasi-businesslike (not to be confused with the real thing *grin*)… Like, think of yourself as sort of an intermediary between the art and the audience, like an impresario: a very specialized sort of consultant.
Then: how many hours did you work on it? (Think-time and design as well as “production.” And I’d be generous with this estimate, since it also ought to include the time spent writing and revising the words.)
Coming up with an hourly rate would be hardest. But it’s gotta be at least minimum wage (whatever that is now). And, really, no consultant charges less than $25 an hour — and that’s really rock-bottom, when doing contract work for non-profits. I think it ought to be at least $50/hour.
Whatever you come up with, rate x hours = base price.
Then you fiddle with that as you’d like for an individual piece. Maybe one was especially angst-y for you (for YOU — ha!)… it gets an additional 25% markup. Or you want to give MPJ and other “early adopters” a thanks-for-believing-in-me discount.
After you price a half-dozen or so like this, I bet you could just start doing it without actually calculating every single one. You’ll have your ballpark range.
Sigh. Okay, if I charged $20 an hour (I can’t wrap my head around $50), then the picture would be at least $100 because I worked for 5 hours. Frame and shipping would be $20.
But $120 makes me squirm and I like MPJ and she does, as you say JES, believe in me, and so I think $80 is something I could live with.
Are you listening MPJ? Am I crazy?
I don’t think $120 is unreasonable, and I’m willing to pay that. It’s within what I’d expect to pay if I went to an art festival, which is the budget I set for myself. I think $80 is selling yourself short.
Of course, I shouldn’t talk; I’m being massively underpaid for my blog posts! 😉
Oh geez, the angst. You know, MPJ that I worry you’ll get the piece and, well, not have a great reaction.
How about if we split the difference? $100? If that works, let me know and we’ll work this deal out.
Oh, for goodness sake, marta! I didn’t think I’d ever say this to anyone, but: you’re a worse businessperson than I am. I can’t believe you are bargaining your own work down. Is your art that bad? 😉
How should I pay you? PayPal?
MPJ, I probably need therapy to deal with money . And if you put it that way, no, I don’t think my art is bad.
And Paypal is fine.
Ok, PayPal payment sent. E-mail me if you have any problems.
This has been an entertaining comment thread. I hope you’ll consider printing it out, cutting it up with scissors, and doing your work-it-into-a-picture thing with it. 🙂
MPJ, money received. Picture sent. A big thanks all around.
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