I’ve Created Adult Coloring Pages. Now What? is subtitled “Your coloring pages are good enough.” If you’ve followed the training I’ve given in my blogposts you’ll have learned the techniques I use daily so your coloring pages will be good enough for what you want to do with them. Speaking of which what ARE you going to do with them?
Okay. No plan means…..you’re going to end up with a few or a few hundred designs and no idea what to do with them.
Not a good idea.
I did that. Trust me, it was a big mistake.
It took over a year to sort out, including a couple of months working on my mindset.
I was proud of my designs and liked telling people about them. I wasn’t so good on telling the world what I did in case someone said they weren’t good enough or – perish the thought – I shouldn’t be doing this. A dose of good old Impostor Syndrome.
Once Impostor Syndrome had been recognised, I sold a few bespoke designs. One set went to support a dog rescue charity, another set to a local cake maker.
Then I started publishing coloring books and improving my design skills. Always a good idea.
And I made a plan.
I tried new stuff when I had the chance. Invested in Adobe Illustrator and let it sit for a year because I couldn’t fathom how to use it, then someone offered training which included necessary bits of Illustrator. I jumped at the training.
This took me to platforms like Creative Market and Design Cuts where I could buy individual kits to use with Illustrator, giving my designs the edge over the rest of the market.
What’s Your Plan?
Before you created your coloring pages did you think about what you were going to do with them?
Either you did or you didn’t. No judgement either way.
What could you do?
- add them to a coloring book
- sell separate designs off your website and Etsy
- make them into a PDF coloring book to sell off your website and Etsy
- add to your portfolio of what you can do design-wise
- sign up for freelance websites and use them as examples of work
- apply to Redbubble to see if they’re good enough to use on merchandise
- sell them as PLR designs to other coloring book authors
- sell as done-for-you designs to other authors and coaches
- offer them as ready made books targeting specific interests – e.g. use triquetra and other Celtic symbols in designs.
Okay, so what did you do? If you didn’t do anything about your plan, and you read about my experience with not having a plan, what are you going to do now?
The correct answer would be “make a plan”!
Let us know what your plan is in the comments!
Til next time,