Chances are if you are in Asia, especially in Thailand, you have probably heard of the super popular LINE chat application or have it on your phone. If not, it’s similar to WHATSAPP, GCHAT, and other instant messaging applications you may have on your smart phone. As of recent though, LINE has also been making a huge wave in pushing its way into the US with its cute stickers and celebrity endorsements.
So while, there is a wave to ride, would an artist like you perhaps want to learn how you can create your very own LINE stickers and make some money on the side. Although we are focused on some basic steps on how to do this, you can also visit the directions on the official site HERE so today’s post is more on trial and errors and tips and tricks on how to creatively market your stickers.
This post is sectioned into two parts=
1. THE BASIC HOW TO
Here are some tips and basic steps in today’s guest post is written by my friend who goes by Shih-Hwa J. Tenkaminari who has created his own sticker set: SISAKA CHAN.
*Disclaimer* This is a process filed in Thailand so it might be a bit different than in the US. This post has been edited to condense the content.
PART 1: THE HOW TO
1.) How to Apply
In my case, I’m already a LINE user before they open for submission. So I didn’t have any problem with registration at this step. I’ve heard that non-user can register too, but I don’t know the details nor did I tried it.
In-depth instructions here: https://creator.line.me/en/
Note: Think carefully about the E-Mail you want to register with because they don’t have “remember me” function, so you’ll need to type your E-Mail every time. Think twice if you’re gonna use long chuunibyou-ish E-Mail address.
2.) Account Setting
Those who’re reading this surely can manage by themselves since it’s in English so I’ll provide only a few notes. (LOL)
Business Type: Select Individual
Company Name: (Your alias should work too, I use “Tenkaminari” here)
Address: I would suggest you to use your real address.
3.) Bank Account
LINE will send you money via Paypal only. So you will, obviously, need a Paypal account. But the point you need to make sure is that you have a “Premium” type account (Free), because you’re be receiving money.
First you have to submit an application form for income tax convention. This form, from my own understanding (unconfirmed), is for transferring tax from your income to the country of your resident.
What you need is just print out 2 forms, a capture screen of your account information and send it to Japan. You need to pay by your own but it is what you would consider an “investment”.
Note: This might take a while for them to update your status to “submitted”, but it will not have any effect to your sticker review-sale process. I had my sticker on sale for few days or a week (forgot) before it was updated to “submitted”.
5.) Draw your stickers
Guideline inside is quite clear, but to sum it up…
a. You need 40 different pictures in PNG file with transparent BG (unless you had actual colored BG), each at the size 370 px x 320 px with minimum 72 dpi.
b. Each 40 pictures must leave 10 px of margin at all 4 sides. So your picture must be inside (10p x-360p x) x (10 px-310 px)
c. You need extra 2 pictures for main and tab. These can be the same picture(s) you had for the set of 40s.
6.) Submit your stickers
Fill in your Sticker Details in languages you know. Minimum is English.
For the “Copyright” area, it will show at the bottom of sticker store when it’s on sale. You can use anything here. I chose “© Tenkaminari Gallery”
Then upload your stickers, and you’re ready to submit.
After completing 40+2 images, I submit it immediately without hesitation. It took around 2 months for mine to be reviewed and approved. It might takes more time now. You can revert your “waiting for review” status, but keep in mind that you’ll need to re-queue when you submit again.
If your Sticker got rejected from violations, you’ll need to re-queue again (I assume)
So this is the basics of how to create and file for your own LINE STICKER but you want to know more in-depth personal tips/trials-and-error, we have the second part right here on TIPS TO MARKET YOUR LINE STICKER.
WHERE TO BUY SISAKA CHAN STICKER
Web Store: https://store.line.me/stickershop/detail?packageId=1001944