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The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts Paperback – November 15, 2011
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I bought this book a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. The authors really seemed to respect the drive and understand struggle of being an artist.
There are a lot of concrete and useful ideas in the book for creating contracts, making invoices, pricing, finding funding, writing grants, etc.
The book doesn't present a one-track "this is how to be an artist" or anything like that. I found that what I've already been doing one my own is pretty standard, and that feels validating. The authors make an important connection between the creative challenges of being an artist and the creative challenges of managing a business. That idea, coupled with the other practical suggestions in the book, has been been a great motivation to me.
I highly recommend this book to any artist (of any discipline!) who wants to do more of what they love.
One tiny little detail: Why is it printed on such thick stock? It's mostly text, but all the pages are glossy. It makes it feel really heavy, hard to hold in one hand.
Most of the book tells you about taxes, grants, finance your money (which is all great information and recommend it)... but when that's not what you're looking for, then it's not quite helpful. (And besides, anyone should know that by keeping good records of your money, it becomes easier to see if you're making a profit or not... and if not... if you have good records, then you should be able to figure out what's not profitable).
I was hoping more information like where to go and what to do for networking (resources... books, websites to help you, etc...) ... how to build up your network... keeping in touch with people (without bothering them)...maybe some examples and/or interviews with other artists would've been nice (how they became successful and what they did...).
If the title suited the book better, I would've given a higher rating.
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the most useful book i have come across. It discusses the business of art nd how to make a living. excellent tips and information.Published 18 months ago by Ashley