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About the Author

Grace Dobush is a writer, editor and crafter based in Cincinnati. She is a co-organizer of the indie craft show, Crafty Supermarket and the author of the popular book Crafty Superstar: Make Crafts on the Side, Earn Extra Cash and Basically Have It All. An alumna of Kent State’s School of Journalism, Grace has written about crafts, art and design for Hello Craft, HOW, Venus Zine and The Artist’s Magazine and presents at creative business conferences around the country.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (August 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440320373
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440320378
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grace Dobush is a writer, editor and crafter in Cincinnati. She's the co-organizer of Cincinnati's biggest, baddest indie craft show, Crafty Supermarket http://craftysupermarket.com. A proud alumna of Kent State's journalism school, Grace has written publications including Wired, Quartz, Roll Call, Writer's Digest and Cincinnati Magazine, and worked on the editorial staffs of HOW, Print, Family Tree Magazine, The Artist's Magazine and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Diane Brown on January 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Where to begin . . . this book is an odd mixed bag, both in tone and content. The tips and information about starting a craft business seem shallow and nonspecific. The style of the book is irritatingly cutesy (e.g. cartoon illustrations similar to the cover, "what kind of crafter are you?" quiz, too many exclamation points!!), but it's a bit unclear who the intended audience is. This book appears to be directed at the beginner in the craft business world, yet it glosses over issues like collecting sales tax or buying supplies wholesale. Then it jumps to advice on getting a lawyer and the difference between an accountant and a bookkeeper. I just can't imagine that the same person who needs a book on starting a tiny little craft business is also the same person who is going to hire financial professionals for $100+ an hour.

My greatest annoyance with this book, however, is its excessive padding. Page after page of this book is devoted to (wasted on) things like blank contact lists or blank diagrams for craft show booths. Not suggestions for how to set up a craft show booth, but a diagram that consists of a blank square with each side labeled 10'. This page is repeated four times. A similar blank diagram of a table (a rectangle labeled 2.5' x 8') is repeated five times. Questions to think about (such as "What's the definition of success for you?") are printed one to a page, with the rest of the page blank for your answers. Now, this might not be so annoying if the book were set up as a workbook, say, spiral-bound, intended to guide one through the entire process of starting a business, with places to fill things in and process all the steps.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By 13anana on October 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book so far has been great and full of information. I have enjoyed reading it a lot.
All the information is organized and easy to find. I like the questionnaires the writer has provided, it's not like they're useless either, they each have a purpose. I like the colorful layout of the pages, and the tips the writer provides are quite helpful. This book is great for beginners (I'm a beginner so I really needed something that provided some sort of guidance), and this book has been great so far. So if you're a beginner like me, looking for a good book for your start in a crafty business, then I suggest you give this book a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lady Who on December 12, 2012
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I've been selling online for a few years and I have learned a ton in that time. This book was great in that it helps me formalize plans from packaging to craft shows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on February 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. As someone considering getting into the craft selling business, I thought it was a good introduction to the topic. The book kept the topics brief and light, but were still very informative without being overwhelming. There were many checklists and worksheets throughout it to make you start thinking about the topics and your business ideas. The only thing I didn't really like about it was some of the "cutesy" language that was used throughout it. Overall I thought it was a good first step to the idea of having your own craft business!
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By mheilman1 on May 16, 2013
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When I thought I was ready to take the plunge and go full time with my craft, I bought many books, researched online and bugged the pee out of my friends...I had a million questions, a full head and a fly by the seat of my pants plan. Then I got a copy of Crafty Superstar and it changed my life! I followed the books plan....I devoured the plan and lived by the book! It has taken a little bit of time, a whole lot of patience and many hours, weeks, days and months, but three short years ago, I worked in a coffee shop and was a pt crafter. Today, with much love in my heart for both of Grace's booksI am a FT crafter, I have a legit business, am part of a brick and mortar art collective, keep a budget, a bank account, plan my year, set goals and pretty much rock it like a Crafty Superstar! I am grateful to the sound advice, the shared experience from other crafters and the info beyond the "fun stuff"! thank you, Grace, for inspiring me to get out there and do it- the right way! Much love! Now, go get these books!
Tara Heilman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shandigo on August 24, 2013
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This is a great book, filled with templates to help you keep track of just about anything! Lots of great advise too!
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