Am I the only one who feels like it’s a terrible, exploitative thing to get 30+ guest artists for a book that’s being sold for personal gains?
There is no mention of a charity and about 80% of the work is guest art, meaning the guest artists…
Let me first explicitly state that I did not receive a single email from you regarding this matter —- whether you believe it or not. Also, it’s not like I do nothing but stare at email all day, I have work, I have a hundred other people before you I have to reply to… you could’ve waited a bit for an answer before jumping the boat or tried a different method of contact. This was really too hasty of an assumption. Even our history aside, I would’ve answered, because this is pretty important.
When I wrote the invite, I wrote very clearly that if the artists wanted more clarification or wanted more detail, they could ask me. Only one person did, and that was it. Everyone seemed OK and eager to help out. I didn’t force anyone. I said I’d be very ok if they declined or were just too busy. The only thing vague about the information I sent out is regarding the girl’s situation and what specifically the funds would be used for, because it concerns someone else’s private information, so they had to ask me, and I would have to ask if it’s ok to divulge that information. This isn’t a Kickstarter where I have to pitch my product, don’t compare it to one, please. It concerns another human being, who is very real, is friends with other guests artists, and isn’t made up of thin air or anything, has feelings, and insecurities, and their own reason for being restrictive of information and I want to respect that.
I get that you’re concerned but just because I didn’t specify a cause, doesn’t mean you aught to just assume I’m a manipulative jerk who gathered all my friends and those I respect just to make a quick buck. I have always been available at all times to my guests, for any concerns they might’ve had. I didn’t coerce anyone to participate, I didn’t dangle my friendship on top of their heads, I didn’t get angry when they wanted to drop out or when they were late. I’m very appreciative that they trust me enough.
It’s not like I want to be vague. I could’ve started the promotion very detailed, open, and explicitly, or chosen a completely different way to do this, but I would be upsetting the very person I’m trying to help.
The cost of even making this book is so high, I start to wonder how much help this is all going to even be.
I have to chime in with this.
If you are selling anything for charity, profit, or other wise you still have to pitch the sale of the item your selling in order to sell anything. Just because it’s to help someone doesn’t mean you shouldn’t advertise and spread the word. You have to have straight forward PR with any project you do that’s going to be sold. It’s just good business sense and makes more common sense you’d want to share your reasons for starting, funding, and selling a product for any reason. Even non-profit organizations advertise their services and events because it’s all pointless if you don’t tell people about it or what they do.
It’s bad to public opinion and bad for sales if you’re not straight forward from the very beginning. Tell people what they’re getting for contributing and if they buy it and it supports something or someone let people know. People are more willing to buy and invest when they understand what your product is, what you’re about, and what kind of things you stand for.
If you’re going to do any project just be up front about it with no smoke and mirrors. You don’t have to be very specific at first, but leave an open option to know more because some people will want to know.
People are wary how they spend their money and/or their time and deserve to know what’s going on from the start so there is never a surprise or a sense of betrayal to be had. People don’t want to get burned by bad deals or have nasty surprises when working on a big project, or any project for that matter.
If you ask for help on a project then those helping need to be on the same page with you and you communicate everything they need to know and should probably know up front. Don’t sugar coat the truth and expect everyone to be happy when they get the real truth that’s not nearly as nice as you make it sound.
Honesty with yourself and others will always make production run smoother then trying to sound optimistic or nice about something. Cooperation is key and it’s your job to keep things under control if you’re the leader or organizer of a project. It becomes your responsibility the moment you call people together to work on something and that has to be acknowledged first and foremost.
Once you have everything squared away you can start and finish your projects guilt free and accomplish any goal you wish too without any backlash and reap the benefits of your actions. You’ll gain whatever your goal is and then some if you manager yourself and your relations with others when it’s all said and done.
Build bridges, don’t burn them.
I too found this project unclear so didn’t buy the book. :T
The answer from the main artist is more like an excuse with a weird tone than an explanation so…you can’t be sure if it’s the truth or not.
I’m probably being too suspicious but I’ve seen too many scam and met lying people.. better safe than sorry.
P.S. This is my personal opinion and I’m not going to judge people who buy the book!
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