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What I learned is that sales dry up completely if you don't keep generating attention to your work.
... I haven't really done research ... ... I honestly don't want to go through the hassle ...
But what untapped need do you think you're going to fill for typographers? Is there something about your fonts that's so special that it'll coax typographers with presumably jam-packed font folders to open their wallets?
Unless you're a seasoned designer or have some incredible ideas, then I doubt it. Do non-typographers buy fonts? Of course. Do they have all their font needs currently fulfilled?
If you're planning to make good fonts and posting them on MyFonts
After you have put the effort and time to make a good design, you will be able to make a (better) choice.
Thinking about selling possibilities up front is contra-productive and might influence the quality of your design.
Everyone in this thread is drawing typefaces for much longer than you are, Martin, and they take the time to offer their advice and point of view for free.
Martin: the type industry is made up of like 70% autists, 20% too cool for school, and 10% just randomly brutally honest people. Or something like that
Judging by the 'something like that' I assume you are joking — how can you pull a figure like 70% out and say that 70% of type designers are autistics…
Is this meant in the same vain as when people say they 'are insomniacs' becauase they couldn't sleep til 2am one night or they 'have OCD' because they had a day when they washed the dishes a little too much — when actually to have any of these conditions is much more serious than that…
What I wanted to say is that you might want to decide where and how to sell your designs, after you have finished them or achieved a certain amount of work.
Like many other design specialties, the design process is not a straight line. Maybe you would start by wanting to sell your designs using MyFonts, but after you have worked on it you might decide to sell them through another distributor.
Suggesting you put in more effort was meant to be constructive. I'll be more delicate in the future.
But please think for a few more minutes longer next time before you flat out disagree with someone as experienced as Ray when it comes to marketing and finding your niche.
But there is nothing wrong with going to myfonts. I know that many designers make a good living with it. It is definitly a good way to avoid taking care of the business side.
There is so much stuff on there, that anything will be lost in the sea a few months after being released.
Also, the dynamic of extreme discounts to enter the hot new fonts really devaluates the work, which I think is the exact opposite of what a Foundry should be doing.
This method definitely works and is what I recommend one do as one is building a reputation.