So I'm just going to put my two cents in here on fabric design. No one says this. But the chances of being picked up by a company right now are extremely small unless you're some kind of celebrity in another area already. I don't want to discourage you, but to make you aware. Secondly, the pay is awful. When I say awful, I mean really, really awful. The ones who make a lot of money have licensing contracts elsewhere, such as branching out into wallcoverings, bedding, rugs, books, etc. I can work for a week as a pharmacist and make more than I will make from one line. And the three lines I've drawn so far have taken hundreds of hours each. And after all that time, there's no guarantee that it will ever go to print, even if you have a contract with a company.
What? You're not deterred? If it's in your heart that you have to do this, I say go for it. Learn everything you can about the business and then just jump in any way you can. It's certainly in my heart.
And if you're not a believer, you probably want to be finished reading now.
I nearly quit this whole business in January. The heartache is huge. But even more-so, my pride was very huge. I was so impressed with myself for drawing this line that got the attention of four or five companies. I forgot that the fabric line was given to me in a dream. I awoke a morning about a year ago and knew exactly what to draw and what to name it. I have no doubt this came from God. And I told God then that I want to do this for Him, to draw those that don't know Him in. But somewhere along the way, it got a little bit lost. So this is my turning point. If Honey Sweet is the only line I ever have in print, so be it. I know God will show me my path. He will help me to have thick skin for the criticism and grace to accept my lot. And hopefully influence to lead even one to Him along the way. I pray for wisdom and covet your prayers as well.
This is what the Lord says: " Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts, boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9: 23-24