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Crafting As A Business Paperback – December 31, 1998

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Author Wendy Rosen, the publisher of American Style magazine, sees Crafting As a Business as a "network of mentors." Packed with sidebars that feature invaluable tips from a variety of successful crafters, this guide offers dozens of terrific worksheets and checklists and a plethora of sound advice. The 70-plus pages of crafts resources at the end of the book list names and addresses of educational opportunities, suppliers, shows and fairs, and much more. Better designed than many of the text-heavy books on this subject, Crafting As a Business is perhaps the most thorough and easily digested guide on this wide-ranging topic. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Rosen Group; 2nd ed edition (December 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806985534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806985534
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #357,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy Rosen is a leading advocate for the "Made in America" movement. Rosen has mentored thousands of artists, and is an advocate for more than 20,000+ studios and 15,000 retail stores dedicated to American made craft objects and art. 

In 1982, Rosen founded the first "Made in America" trade show, the Buyers Market of American Craft. 

Rosens best-seller, Crafting as a Business, is the "start-up bible" for artists, a guide for everything from product development to profit. 

"Crafting an American Style," Rosens PBS documentary traces the evolution of craft makers from humble origins to their current status as respected designer makers in the categories of jewelry, art glass, teapots, fiber art, sculpture, furniture and ceramics. NICHE magazine, connects gallery owners with successful artists delivering jewelry and decorative art made in North America.

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This book contains hundreds of necessary resources. Nearly 400 galleries are listed with phone and contact name along with a short description of what type of art the gallery carries. If you want to know howtgt into the best shows, learn how to price your work, wholesale to stores and galleries this book tells it all. NOT a genrals business primer--- this book offers specific advice from expert successful artists
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I was browsing through books on jewelry making, seeing the same things over and over, but I needed something to help me with the business end of my jewelry. Lo and behold, I found Ms. Rosen's book. When I saw who it was written by, I was overjoyed - she is extremely well-respected in the craft "industry". Help on marketing, how to get started, pricing, galleries, wholesale information, plus mentors throughout the book... It's my craft Bible!! I cannot praise this book enough.
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Although I've yet to find one book that provides "the" tell-all on the business of crafts, this is a classy book, informative, well done, excellent photos, good feel and thus easy to read -- with business forms examples and real-life crafter commentaries. If I recommended a better book to learn about the business of crafts, this would be one title. I believe the key to preparing for your first experience as a professional crafter is to read as many titles on the subject as you can, hoping each will provide one piece of the puzzle -- never getting the whole story -- until eventually -- collectively -- they all come together and make sense (wow, there's a lot of fluff out there). Supplemental reading of general business, finance and other titles will give you the whole picture on the "business" of crafts that you need. Also, check out the National Crafts Association website, craft marketing trade magazines and other trade organization sites.
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If you are thinking or have started a business in the craft industry, this is a must have resource! Accented with advice from successful craft professionals, it features very comprehensive information on networking, your business image, working with galleries (just to name a few).
Ms. Rosen does cover one topic in depth that most barely hit on: Family Business. This chapter goes into great detail on your family and how your business impacts that area of your life (and vice versa).
However, this book doesn't stand alone as THE resource to get started (and one book should never be, in my opinion) but is is a great addition and must have as you build your knowledge on the craft industry.
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Hats off to Wendy Rosen for a book that serves a wide audience of small business owners. If your major is biology or literature...not business...let Rosen be your guide out here in the "Real World" of productivity, presentation, marketing, and sales. An excellent resource for ideas and angles, especially but not only, for crafters.
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