Yes, the kids are just getting back in the groove at school and 2011 might seem far away.  But this morning at breakfast my son reviewed the calendar and made it seem pretty quick to winter break… “3 full weeks, then a 4 day week, oh yeah! a 3 day week… etc.”

If you are planning to exhibit at any of the 2011 art licensing shows, there is no time like the present to begin planning your art, your booth, your strategies and more.

During the October 20, 2010 Art Licensing Info Monthly Ask Call, Paul Brent will be talking about how to plan your art collections for a trade show, as well as answering questions submitted by artists.  To submit your question for consideration, about trade show prep or any other art licensing related topic, visit www.AskPaulBrent.com.

I just discovered this great video that SURTEX did during the 2010 show last May – it gives a great feel for what the show looks like as well as opinions from many exhibitors.  (Including yours truly – although they spelled my name wrong, ooops!)

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Here are dates and links for the 2011 shows (in date order) if you want to look at your options:

AmericasMart License & Design – January 14 – 16, 2011 – Atlanta, GA

CHA (Craft & Hobby Association) License & Design – January 29 – February 1, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA

SURTEX – May 15 -17, 2011 – New York, NY

Licensing Expo – June 14 – 16, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV

Here’s to your creative success!

– Tara Reed

P.S.  Don’t forget!  We have two great products to help you put your best show foot forward – “How to Maximize Your Time and Investment in Trade Shows” eBook or the “Trade Show Tactics” teleseminar – buy both and save.  CLICK HERE TO GET THE DETAILS.

P.P.S.  I also recommend Khristian Howell’s “Confessions of a First Timer” – her insightful eBook about her very first trade show experience.  I got some great tips too!  THIS IS MY AFFILIATE LINK.