I woke up to the following message from Etsy:
“Your store has been put on pause via Vacation Mode. You can’t unpause your shop or receive new orders right now.”
I moved to another country recently. And apparently, that country isn’t on Etsy’s “Approved Country’s List”. So I’m not allowed to sell on Etsy anymore.
And my store that’s been running since 2014 is now locked down, and the key’s thrown into the sea.
This isn’t a new problem, by the way.
Based on my research, Etsy sellers have been complaining about this in the forums for over 10 years now. And every year, Etsy promises they’ll fix the problem. But…
10 years later?
Am I sad my 10 year old store has been taken away?
I’m also a little relieved.
Because… I’ve been getting a little tired of all the messages I’ve been receiving almost every week. From my lovely customers. Who were thoughtful enough to take the time to tell me that yet another art thief on Etsy traced my work, and put it up for resale on their store for a buck or two. And yet tireder still because Etsy refuses to take them down, regardless of my request. Unless I spend the money to hire a lawyer to deal with it.
Life goes on. And…
I guess I can take a little break now…
And pursue my other passion:
Writing and illustrating Children’s Books! 🙂
I just wanted to say thank you for all the support for my clipart store over the last decade. It means a lot to me. And I appreciate every email and letter I’ve received from all my fans like you.
This isn’t the end. If you still want to follow along as I proceed to the next phase of my life:
“Evolving into a world-renowned author and illustrator…”
… then feel free to download and check out my first published picture book.
It’s up on Amazon now.
Personally hand-drawn and illustrated by me, of course. No A.I. work here, or anywhere. 🙂
The best part?
It’s free (on Kindle) for the next 5 days only.
If you have kids, or homesteader, farmer, or chicken-loving friends, then this quick-read, funny picture book may amuse them endlessly:
Aurelia “Sadly Hopping On” Nobleia
P.S. If my new book made you laugh, do consider leaving me a review on Amazon. It’ll help me get more eyeballs on it. So I can make even more people laugh… 🙂
Or at least… smile!
And get it before the free launch promo expires…
The paperback drops in a day or two… 😉