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"Eleanor Whitney breaks down the daunting process of earning a living as a creative person into chewable, bite-size bits. With easy-to-digest, step-by-step tips and tangible examples from working artists, Eleanor's expert advice is some of the most sought-after content."  —Amy Cuevas Schroeder, Venus Zine and DIY Business Association



"I am often brimming with ideas but have no idea where to start! If you've ever dreamt of a life beyond the cubicle, pick up this book. It will help you make those dreams come true!"  —Kayte Terry, author, Paper Made!



"The ultimate creative person's companion—for anyone who's thought of, attempted to, or has already made some steps to turning their vision into a viable product, this practical and personable how-to is like a business-savvy mentor."  —Cathy Erway, author, The Art of Eating In

"Grow will be a tremendous asset for folks that are trying to transfer their vision from a strict DIY framework into the real business world. Eleanor Whitney has presented a wonderful guidebook that will greatly assist anyone with turning their creative DIY project into a viable business plan."  —Joshua Ploeg, author, In Search of Lost Taste


"GROW . . . proves both instructive and deeply inspiring. It is full of lists to get you started, practical tips from proven entrepreneurs and helpful notes on legalities, funding, getting a good relationship with money and how to break up with your business partners if it all goes pear-shaped."  —Sophia Stuart,
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"And this is where Eleanor Whitney’s book, Grow, out this month, proves both instructive and deeply inspiring. It is full of lists to get you started, practical tips from proven entrepreneurs and helpful notes." —Sophia Stuart, laimyours.com 

About the Author

Eleanor C. Whitney, MPA, is a writer, a musician, an educator, and an arts administrator. She works to guide creative people through the project development and fundraising process and writes regularly about fundraising, social media, management, art, culture, and food for a variety of web and print publications and blogs at killerfemme.com. She was a cofounder of the Portland Zine Symposium and plays in the rock band Corita. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Product Details

  • Series: DIY
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing; First Edition, First Printing edition (June 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621060071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621060079
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Practical, real life advice on starting a project or a business, in a disciplined but creative format that is fun too. The steps and lessons in this handy sized book are really a course in Business 101 at a grad school level. Having co founded and run a small business for 40 years (which grew from 3 to over 120 and is still alive and well), which had dozens of new projects every year, this book could be a guide for anyone coming into our firm. Much of what is here, many have had to learn the hard way. Easy to use, filled with examples of real life creative people, it goes to the heart of the human essentials needed to make a creative enterprise survive beyond the initial enthusiasm of the creators. Business is a creative art in itself regardless of it subject - this book demonstrates that and will help anyone who is willing to take that start up risk. It is also a useful aid for those enterprises up and running, not just in the DIY world. MW, Portland, Maine
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This book is a great guide book for any aspiring creative person who wants to take an idea and turn it into something real. It tackles the reality of how to get a project funded and off the ground, probably the hardest part of the process. The author breaks down an otherwise daunting task into discrete pieces. It is also clearly written for someone who wants to take advantage of new opportunities, like social media and crowd-source funding. At the same time, it gives good guidance on how to reflect on you goals and stay true to your idea as the project grows. Finally, it's a fun and easy read.
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Format: Paperback
I went to the library and checked out a massive pile of books, only to purchase this by chance the next day. After reading chapters out of the stack as well as out of this book, I have realized that this is the only one I need. The writing is concise and engaging, there is nothing too dense or superfluous as there normally is in business books. The design is gorgeous and contributes to a positive experience for the reader. Highly recommended, great quality read!
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Grow contained some good information; however I felt it was somewhat poorly written and organized.
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Haven't gotten into it as yet.
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