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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 13 11:51 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Somewhere-by-the-river wrote:
I'd go with sending a sample (copy of images, not originals) then a follow-up email/call. Most card producers start looking for Christmas images in January, so now is probably not a bad idea with a view to Christmas 2014. As for licensing, I'm not sure how such a big charity would work (some would expect you to donate images, rather than have to pay), but most places that do pay for images would give you a nominal payment with an agreement to allow them to use the images for a set number of years (for as many runs as they wanted within that time). They do, however, get approached by a lot of artists - it's worth a go (great images), but they might not get back to you.

Just as an extra point of interest... have you seen this (as a potential outlet)? http://www.downtoearthgift.co.uk/

I've worked with the RSPB years ago when I was an illustrator rather than an artist and that was on a commission basis. I do know someone who works there (the chap Vegplot mentioned), so it's not quite a cold call.

As soon as I get time and courage (haven't spoken to him for a while), I'll get in touch and ask a few questions.

Yes, I've bought cards from Down to Earth - it's a pretty chocca-block market at the moment, with lots of very similar work ...which is one of the reasons I'm biding my time a bit and doing a lot of background research before landing my images on anyone's desk.




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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 13 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Avocet of my prints at half price.......


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 13 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I second what some others have said, email isn't a great way to attract attention, I'd ring them and if you can't speak to the purchasing dept directly, ask who there you can send samples to and wait to see what they say. Give them a couple of weeks and if you hear nothing give them a friendly call to see what they thought. I'd assume they would be starting work on 2014's stuff now so it's a good time to contact them.

Good luck!



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 13 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would be more inclined to ask them when you can go along and show them what you can do. These people are in buisness, so they will want it for next to nought!

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