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The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real Paperback – November 1, 2008
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From the Publisher
This book is for the large audience of artists, crafters, and creative individuals from all walks of life who desire to make a livelihood from their creative work, or who possibly have achieved some success, but don't know how to replicate it or move to another level of accomplishment.
These crafty DIY artists are everywhere--they are holding alternative craft fairs, they advertise in the pages of BUST and READYMADE and CRAFT, they are selling online by the thousands at Etsy.com, and are blogging at Typepad, LiveJournal, and Whipup.com. But many of them do not have the skills needed to take their business ideas to the next level.
The Creative Entrepreneur takes readers on an inner journey of creative exploration to discover how to make their dreams of creative livelihood real, as they craft their own Creative Entrepreneur Journal.
About the Author
Her first book, The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Guidebook to Making Business Ideas Real (Quarry, 2008) won two independent publisher awards and launched a movement that has helped thousands to make their creative business ideas real.
The Creative Entrepreneur is used as a textbook in many business, entrepreneurship, and arts programs, including University of Madison School of Business.
A sought after facilitator, she's led international creativity workshops on five continents for the past 20 years: at schools in Africa, inside tech companies, coach training programs, churches and zendos, and at retreat centers and universities. She trains others to lead creativity workshops in her Creative Journey Facilitator Training, and has a Creative Entrepreneur School in the works.
Her 30 Day Journal Project brings together a global audience twice a year to celebrate the power and magic of creative journaling.
When she's not consulting or in the studio making stuff, you can find her journeying to foreign lands in search of textiles, trying to take better photos, and adding to her visual journal sketchbooks in cafes around the world.
Lisa lives in Oaxaca, Mexico with her partner Alex, where they host artist retreats and residencies.
She blogs about creativity + travel + courage at lisasonora.com. Lisa's memoir, Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice, is comprised of journals she kept during her move to Mexico.
Lisa is a graduate of DePaul University's School of Music, and has professional degrees in Music Therapy and an MBA from New College of California in Sustainable Enterprise.
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Top customer reviews
I use this book as a tool to help my entrepreneurial creative clients find a professional path. In fact, I have used this book so often that I feel that I can now successfully teach a workshop series on helping Creative Entrepreneurs create their art business.
I have both the Paper and Kindle versions of this book and plan on buying any revision that the Author creates in the future.
materialize your artful dreams. Also, as a serious art journaling person, I loved the layout of the book, which contains wonderful examples on almost every page of brilliant journal layouts and compositions. All are in sun-drenched, glorious color!! This book is so delicious to read that I had to ration myself to a chapter a day. Otherwise, I would have devoured it in one sitting and missed many valuable sections. I purchase a LOT of art books--a LOT--and this is one of the best this year--definitely five stars.
I, like many artists have shelves full of books on the business of art, creativity, marketing and the like. They bore me to tears. This, on the other hand, is a great motivational tool.
Rather than have me fill notebooks with dry lists, this book instructs me to create mandalas, vision boards and visual journals. I have created these before but not as a business tool. This book takes me step by step through the process of figuring out what I want and need, and gives me all sorts of insights to keep moving me towards my goal.
This is the best book of its kind that I have seen. It's probably the only book of its kind that I have seen. It's art with a purpose, which appeals to me.
There are many books on making visual journals but this book in my opinion is the one you need if you are seriously thinking of your art as a business. I have already told many of my artist friends about it.