Tuesday, April 13, 2010

12 Week Challenge - Wks 1 & 2

Well, here we are in the middle of week 2 of the 12WC. Week 1 was pretty easy for me. We were to focus on what area of illustration we want to pursue, not as a absolute, but as a starting point. My choice was obviously picture books, but more towards the Christian childrens market, and perhaps do some diagramatic illos and maps here and there to supplement.

Week 2 is more of a challenge. Our goal was to develop a business plan of sorts, with the goal of building a business instead of a job, giving one the ability to leave at times and the business still produce money utilizing multiple steams of income. I am not planning on creating a business as such at this time, so I took slightly different approach.

Using their OGSM model (Objective, Goals, Strategies, & Measures), I drafted the following plan:

  • to be able to receive 100% of my income from illustration work

  • published illo within 1 year (05/11)
  • published book within 3-5 years (05/13-05/15)

  • join SCBWI and attend a few conferences
  • portfolio site in next 6 months (09/10)
  • do at least 1 finished illo a week to build portfolio
  • send mailers out to select publishers as soon as site is online and live
  • if time and budget permit, create portfolios on CI.com and other portfolio sites

  • published illo by 5/11
  • 10% income from illos by 12/11
  • 100% income from illos by 05/13 - 05/15

I think these are fairly realistic and reachable if I stick with the plan and follow thru with each step. I have to do my best to reserve time for this as it has been really difficult these past few weeks. One thing I really have to limit is my online time. I don't want to say I am wasting that time as much of it is spent visiting blogs. But I've got to pull the plug somewhere if I am going to succeed with this.

I would like to mention that I am getting closer to having my comic strip online! I am really excited and can't wait to share it. Keep checking back as I hope to have it online within the month.


Susan said...

Great plan Tom! You are so right, blogging/visiting takes up so much time, I missed it terribly these past couple weeks - but sometimes it's the only way to get stuff done. I'm trying to catch up a bit tonight and work at my drawing table most of the day tomorrow. Much congrats on your comic strip that is so cool! See you at the clubhouse!

Tom Barrett said...

Thanks, Susan. Yes, I miss it too when I have been away for a while, but I think it helps that I don;t comment as much as I used to.

RyanLoghry said...

Looks like a good plan Tom. Glad to see you're getting motivated by this challenge. Joining SCWBI sure helped me, I joined a critique group (of children's writers) and have found work through the organization as well.

Keep up the good work Tom!