How to Sell at Conventions: The Series

This post is a complete list of all the topics that will be covered in the How to Sell At Conventions blog series. As new entries are posted, each topic listed below will have a link added to the post. Thanks for reading!



  • – Branding: logos, color schemes, accessibility, legal
  • – Branding: business cards, website, online store front
  • – Traditional Marketing: advertisements, in-person
  • – Social Media Marketing: platforms, management, and RSS
  • – Customers: the good, the bad, and the annoying
  • – Commissions: how, where, in-person vs online
  • – Recurring Payments: Patreon, Ko-fi, other platforms, tiers
  • – Online Sales: platforms, FAQ
  • – Shipping: online postage, USPS vs others, international rates
  • – Shipping: labels, label printers, packaging, sustainability
  • – Crowdfunding: Kickstarter vs other sites, why, how
  • – Selling Internationally (USA based)


  • – Convention Displays, what kinds and why
  • – Materials: what are they made of, where to get, table sizes
  • – Design: design, colors, safety, interactivity, theft reduction
  • – Dressing to match your booth and the convention
  • – Where to get organizers and other equipment for the show
  • – Tying It All Together: A Convention Display That Works


  • – What do people sell at conventions? Online?
  • – How much should I buy? (The Rule of 10s)
  • – Pricing: industry standards, community standards, products
  • – Sourcing: print shops, apparel shops, POD shops, being hired
  • – Factory Sourcing 101: avoiding scams, imports, group orders
  • – THE Fanart Question and trends vs interests vs sales


  • – What kinds of conventions should I sell at?
  • – What am I allowed at to sell conventions?
  • – Convention Applications, how and when
  • – Convention Survival Tips: 6-2-1, general attendance vs vending
  • – Furry Conventions 101 and how/when to sell at them
  • – 18+ events/vendor areas, adult merchandise/art, policies
  • – Traveling: hotels, airBnB, sharing, selling alone, safety
  • – Traveling: driving, buses, trains, airplanes, walking?
  • – Convention Insurance: what is it and do I need it?
  • – Protecting yourself from theft, both money and merchandise
  • – International Conventions (USA home based)


  • – THE Art School question
  • – Entry Points to Convention Selling and How to Pivot
  • – Building Skills: art vs business, raw skill vs timing vs luck
  • – Portfolios: industry vs convention applications, websites
  • – Zines: participation, running, fair work compensation
  • – Dealing with Rejection, Building Professionalism
  • – Networking: why, how, discrimination, abuse
  • – Artist Groups, when to use search engines and when to ask for help
  • – Art Videos and Streaming: platforms, equipment, monetization
  • – Digital tech recommendations: printers, tablets, software
  • – Traditional media recommendations: pencils, paints, paper
  • – Office Equipment: desks, chairs, home storage
  • – How to Learn Art Outside of a Classroom, plus book recommendations


  • – Health Insurance: what you need and where to get it (USA)
  • – Retirement: savings accounts, retirement accounts/investments
  • – Mental Health Tips
  • – Physical Health Tips (stretch!)
  • – Work-Life Balance, Time Management Tips
  • – Burnout: how to avoid, what to do when there
  • – Stop Comparing Yourself to Others in Unhealthy Ways
  • – Covid-19 and Con Crud: How to Stay Safe While Vending
  • – Tips for Selling at Conventions when You Have Disabilities
  • – Eating Healthy on the Road (the best we can)
  • – Ways to Relax at Conventions

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