I have been so busy these past few weeks, that I haven't picked up a paintbrush or even a colored pencil. Now don't be concerned that I may be giving up on my artwork! It's far from it. Rather, I have been working on a couple of new projects that I'm really excited about and that are dear to my heart. The learning curve has been pretty steep but I feel as if I have climbed to the summit and now can see the possibilities on the other side.
What am I speaking of you ask? Well, I will tell you. I have been learning all about low content self publishing using KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) on Amazon. I just published my first coloring book and it went live on Nov 1st. "The Farmhouse Whimsy Coloring Book" contains 35 line drawings of my original artworks that you can color for yourself. Many of the "Wash Tub" series are included in the book and priced at only $8.99, I think this coloring book will make a great gift option for the coming holiday season. Well that is at least my hope and that I receive passive income from here on out with continued book sales. I'm already planning to create more coloring books in the coming year.
My second project may not be as popular but I'm excited. I'm almost ready to push the button to publish my first desk planner for 2021. It's a large 8.5 x 11 inch paperback (just like the coloring book) and has both a monthly and weekly calendar and 142 pages filled with my artwork, digital designs, scriptures, prayer journal and a big "TODO" list page for each week. I designed it with my needs in mind but I'm hoping a few others will also find that same appeal. Because it had to be color print, I had to set my Amazon retail price at $21.99.
Each of the 12 monthly pages has a full size image of the Wash Tub drawings that appears on my 2021 wall calendar that is available on my Etsy Shop. The weekly calendar has also a combination of my original artwork and adorable clipart that I have arranged. The thing that I am excited about is that each week there is included on the layout a large "for this week" page that allows you to prioritize your goals and consider your blessings and victories. I'm a list girl and I have not found a planner that gives me the ability to organize my week like this one does.
If my copy of this planner is the only one that sells, I think I will be okay with that. I felt with the craziness of this past week and the uncertainty I feel about the coming year, along with the continued economic fall out caused by COVID, a happy planner full of funny farm animals and scriptures was exactly what I need to make it through. Besides I learned a lot and at my age that is SOMETHING!
To find both of these books (hopefully the planner will go live on Amazon by tomorrow) you just search "JULIE TOWNSEND STUDIO".