Shop Girl

The month of December was good for all artists in The Art Shoppe in Midtown Global Market. Being part of a creative group has really pushed my work and given my children’s books a home. In fact, I have to order more because they’re all gone.

This past weekend I played shop girl, as we all volunteer on different days. Working out displays, sales, and being a previous featured artist a few times has given me experience in the part that’s not so fun for the creative me. I want to write, create, and not have to do the sales part but I’ve learned that you need to market yourself over years.

Many of the artists had the same experience of building their own blogs, websites, and making all those necessary connections. We all venture out to participate in shows around the Minnesota, and sometimes across borders. Then, you have to figure out the sales and marketing because you don’t get a choice.

I don’t know if any of you joined me in my blogging or journaling but there’s still a few weeks left in the month. When I’m not making miniature valentine’s, I’m listening to my audio books and getting back into the groove of blogging. Now, the hard part is organizing all my crazy ideas so that they can fit into pages.

I think my next challenge might be 30 days of organizing what I do have for one of my books in progress. The hope is that all the challenges that I do each month will lead to a final first draft because I’m itching to get a full length novel published again.

Wish me luck! I hope you stay on track with your writing!

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~Yoon Ju

Published by yoonjuwrites

I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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