John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

One Airbook In the Red

Running the numbers for 2013; if I haven't missed anything, my balance this year is roughly -$1,300, which just so happens to be almost exactly what laurie_robey paid for my new Mac lappy. Something about this amuses me, but I don't know why.

On the other hand, it was a really slow year. I only did one convention really (AnthroCon) and spent precious little time creating any new art. I spent most of my time up to my elbows in dealing with various unhappy things that happened last year or early this year, as well as frantically trying to prepare of the inevitable loss of my job and put myself into position to start creating things again.

The October commissions made about as much again as AnthroCon did, but they also ate most of my month, and earned me less than I'd make foaming lattes. November saw 50k+ of a novel written, but it ate my brain and left me panting for air the first week or so of December.

I don't really have a strong "lessons learned" to take away from this at the moment, other than the painfully obvious fact that there's no way I could do this without being heavily subsidized. So to that end, I'd like to once again extend profound thanks to Mrs. Gneech for being the household breadwinner.

The key to sustaining this, obviously, will be to start actually making some money at it, selling books, doing more commissions, etc., and that's what I'm going to be concentrating on in the first half of 2014. I was planning to do a big "commissions open for December" thing like I did in October, but circumstances conspired to delay it, and now December is 1/3 over and people are quickly going to care more about "the holiday season" than furry art, I suspect.

Still, commissions are open, so if you're interested, let me know! In the meantime, I'm going to concentrate for the rest of this month on creating new art and working on the sky pirates novel idea. I expect to have a new "Ponies vs. Daleks" portfolio ready by FurTheMore, in March, and hopefully some other cool things besides.

-The Gneech
Tags: comics and art, conventions, furry, the business end, writing life

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