Business is slow right now for a lot of people. Not only artists, but I am seeing it in many industries. It is unusual because for most people, the end of summer is busy. But this end of summer is different. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, political uneasiness, and...the new $899 iPhone. When there are major things going on in one part of the country, all industries feel it. People who may have set aside money for purchases are now sending that money to people in need (thank goodness for that though, seriously). When people are worried about health care costs, they do not decorate their houses as much. When there is a new iPhone released, all extra cash goes to that purchase.
There are so many factors that go into a slow sales month. Before you take it personally and label yourself a failure, pick up the business section of your paper and read it. Major chain stores are closing. Social Media changes algorithms. People are glued to their TVs to see which team players are kneeling. All of these things affect sales! A slow month does not mean anything is wrong with YOU.
It's ok to be nervous and wonder what is going on, especially since you have bills to pay, too. Keep on keeping on. Things always seem to have a way to getting back to normal.