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SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 10 Dec 1997 10:44:02 +0000
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Paul Mirocha <[log in to unmask]>
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Clara R. Simpson wrote:
> >>Thanks Lynette for the input.  I too saw the combined copy of the AMI and
> >>Nat'l Science Book and had to say I thought the GNSI members seemed to get
> >>less than equal representation , and missed the old format of the separate
> >>GNSI Sourcebook.  Any info on this topic would be appreciated.
> >>Thanks again, Nancy
> >
> >I have bought pages in the AMI Sourcebook three years in a row, and received
> >only one call in response to my ad.  I have a pretty nice page, if I do say
> >so, as I had it professionally designed, etc. but it has been really a big
> >disappointment.  This year I might save my $$ for a vacation instead of a
> >responseless page!
> at the risk of sounding like a broken record....
> The Guild's Sourcebook only worked (sic) because a few people basically did
> ALL the work for free, allowing us to each buy pages that were really below
> market value.  The Serbin AMI arrangement, while it didn't work for many of
> us, was cheaper than we could ever do it on our own, as your Science
> Insights President, Marlene, just told you.  Marlene got a lot of numbers
> on doing it on our own again but they were all VERY high.  We cannot go
> back to the days of slave labor.  Whoever is out there thinking, Oh I'll do
> it --don't even think it, just shoot yourself first.
> -Clara
> Clara R. Simpson
> Zoology Dept. Illustrator
> Field Museum
> Chicago, IL  60605
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Your point is worth repeating. Let me quote the Tao Te Ching as my quote
of the day:
Failure is an opportunity.
If you blame someone else,
There is no end to blame.

I am taking out a very expensive page in the GAG Directory of
Illustration for the second time. A basic business plan provides for a
budget for advertizing. I consider this also a positive investment
spiritually because it means I am demostrating to myself my commitment
to my creative work, sink or swim. The only thing worse than no clients
is a bad client.


Paul Mirocha Design
118 South 5th Ave, Suite 121
Tucson, Arizona   85701
Phone/Fax 520/623-1515
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from illuminating the fog that surrounds us."   -Henri Mattisse