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Make Your Creativity Pay: How to Earn Your Living from the Things You Love to Do [Paperback]

Pete Mosley
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: PSB Design & Print Consultants Ltd (30 Jun 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 1873847017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873847015
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 364,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Pete writes and blog extensively about the business of creativity - drawing on thirty years of experience of working in the creative sector where creativity, business and personal development meet.

He is an accomplished public speaker (you can find him on the TEDx website) and delivers talks and workshops on Creativity and Business & Professional Development for universities, businesses and creative organisations. Additionally he coaches young people and creative professionals who are starting or developing their own creative businesses on a one-to-one basis.

He is business editor/expert for craft&design magazine, and creates content for a wide range of magazines and blogs in the UK and overseas.

His first book - 'Make Your Creativity Pay', was published in July 2011.The second - 'The Art of Shouting Quietly - a guide to self-promotion for introverts and other quiet souls', will be released on Kindle at the end of July 2014.
'Pete is the clearest thinker I know and the successful direction of my business is all down to him. His advice is worth its weight in gold and a whole book of the stuff is a treasure trove of positivity'. Rob Glass - Film maker.

'Make Your Creativity Pay" has to be the book of the century for all you creative types out there. Enjoy! :-)' - Rachael Stanleick - New Lifestyle Coaching

Photo by Electric Egg. ( Video by Rob Glass (

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Book Description

Pete Mosley is Business Editor for craft&design magazine. He works as coach and mentor to a wide range of creative and exceptional people.

'This book is for everyone out there that has a head full of ideas and the notion that earning a living from their own creative endeavour is simply the best thing ever.'

It's aimed at:

*People with a hobby on the verge of a business -working from home, studio or garden shed.
*People who are desperate to escape the 9-5, or through redundancy or change of circumstances, need to start afresh.
*Start-ups and fledgling businesses needing ideas, inspiration, and a guide to what works.
*More mature businesses that need some fresh thinking
*Folk who are looking for a friendly, jargon free guide

People like you:

Wood-turners, glass artists, potters,cake-makers, furniture makers, artists, coracle-builders, soap and candle makers, calligraphers and illustrators, jewellers, bead workers, blacksmiths, spoon carvers, knitters and weavers, model makers, leather workers, basket makers, toy makers, musical instrument makers, rug makers, well - all creative people!
If you recognise yourself in this list, Make Your Creativity Pay will resonate, because for you it may well fill a need, solve a problem, answer questions, provide help and support, get you heading in the right direction.

It will help you 'Make Your Creativity Pay'.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the creative ordered 23 Aug 2011
By Jooey
There are many books out there dedicated to helping creative people make money from what they make. Some can be very overwhelming with the underlying message of "look at these people, why aren't you doing it too?". This book is different. It's based in the real world and understands that people still have to pay mortgages, bills and other responsibilities such as caring, parenting and that in order to do that they need to work away from the creative stuff (like me). I read this and made copious notes alongside the text as I did. I will revisit these notes and the text many times to help me start my business. I believe this book will lead people into a well ordered and well planned creative life. Helping them to take account of all that life throws at them. I loved it and highly recommend it's down to earth and realistic view of how creative people can plan ahead, stay motivated and still live their dream. I now feel much more structured in my approach to my future. A good read.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
There are many endearing features in `Make Your Creativity Pay' by Pete Mosley. The writing style is clear, organised and easy to follow, and it's a good read and useful, which is always a winning platform. Pete balances its value between being understanding and insightful about creative mindsets, being well thought through and pragmatic, and using his renowned human touch without any loss of business edge.

The book offers business pointers, tips and tasks, while allowing freedom for the reader to make up their own mind in adapting its wisdom to their own style and creative proposition.

The text can't fail to help and prepare people looking to make the best from their creative talents and passion through work or business. It helped solidify and inspire my own thinking, ideas and energy.

So often, business books drift into an ever thickening back cover. Not this one; it remains fresh and compelling throughout.

Pete pulls many tantalizing and important business elements together into one place and demystifies them. The book is equally useful when read cover to cover, or as a working document to be dipped into when the need arises.

I enjoyed it, I take a great deal from it, and I highly recommend it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars only for the absolute beginner 15 Feb 2013
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This is my first Amazon review; I’m writing it because my opinion of this book seems to be very different from all the other reviewers! I bought this book because I am hoping to have a creative career, but find I struggle with self-confidence and needed a bit of inspiration. The book description, and all the other reviews, suggested this was the book I needed, but unfortunately I was very disappointed and will be returning it (also a first).

The book says it is for ‘everyone out there with a head full of ideas and the notion that earning a living from their own creative endeavour is the best thing ever’. And maybe that’s true – literally. If you’ve just got a head full of ideas but have never read anything else on the subject and have no idea *at all* where to start, then perhaps this book would be useful. Personally, I’ve read (and own) other creative business books, and this book seemed to just cover the same areas, in even less detail. The book is a slim volume, with a large font, with many chapters all consisting of 3-4 pages, meaning no issue is covered very thoroughly. I only found one concept in the book to be useful – the idea that your creative business can have different facets, such as making, teaching and demonstrating – but the rest was unbelieveably basic. If you need to be told to carry business cards, or put your web address at the bottom of all your letters and emails, then maybe this book is for you. If you know this already, then I’d look elsewhere. The book says ‘don’t procrastinate’, but gives no advice on how not to.

I found it interesting that the author’s career is in coaching people – something he charges substantially for.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you are creative, think you're too young, too old, or just too scared to start a business, then buy this book and think again.
This no nonesense guide to being in business as a creative person is like having a conversation with an old and trusted friend, who understands that you also have family, bills and other time and money consuming factors to deal with, whilst running your business.

Although I've been in business for a while I had become a bit directionless and frankly was beginning to forget why I'd started. I bought this book on the strength of Pete Mosleys excellent input into Craft and Design magazine. I jumped into the book like a child leaps into a cold swimming pool on a boiling hot day and didn't come up for air until I'd read the whole thing.

I now feel re energised, enthusiastic and focussed about where I want to go and how I'm going to get there and, most important of all, I now believe I can do it.

So to any of you creatives out there, stop procrastinating and come on in, the water's lovely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for every dreamer's bookshelf 1 Dec 2011
If you've ever dreamed of ditching the 9-5 for a more creative and fulfilling life, then you need to read this. Pete writes as a creative himself - and those many years of experience make all the difference compared to other 'How to' books. Because he's been there and got several tee-shirts, he writes in a direct, clear style and pulls no punches: "Creativity, skills and talent alone will not guarantee the success you crave." This clear-eyed stuff makes you ask yourself all the difficult questions that are so easy to avoid in your pipe-dreams.

Pete helps you stand back and take a realistic view of whether you've got what it takes to make your creativity pay. At the end of it, you'll know yourself, what motivates you and to what extent you're prepared to compromise to get your particular creative work out into the market.

From a personal perspective, I read the book at just the right time. Turning a love of drawing into working as a paid illustrator had always been a 'some day' dream. Pete's sound advice has helped to turn the dream into a reality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars helpful tips for the beginner
This book sets out to answer that million dollar question - Can you earn a living from doing what you love in the craft and design marketplace? Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. Platt
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Book
Does what is says on the cover ive only just got it and im enjoying it already.. best book so far for creatives like moi.
Published 16 months ago by Ms. N. Forde
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read
Not read it all yet but hopefully this book will help me on my journey towards creating my own little business making STUFF- The thing I love doing best.
Published 19 months ago by Diane Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent in digital and hard copy
I've benefitted enormously from the wisdom in this book, written by Pete Mosely. I have both a digital and hard copy, as i've found that leaving the hard copy around in my... Read more
Published 24 months ago by theatremaker
4.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't have to be this way!
More and more people are waking up to the fact that earning money does not have to mean the 9-5 grind. Read more
Published on 23 Nov 2011 by Elton
5.0 out of 5 stars Book that keeps returning on the investment
I've read loads of business books for creatives and I'd suggest this is probably the best first one to buy, and it will continue to be useful however experienced you get. Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Good Work Guide
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Value Coaching!
This little book packs a real punch with it's practical tips and advice, searching questions and brilliant ideas. It's like buying 22 coaching sessions for a snip of a price! Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by lucelastic
5.0 out of 5 stars A straight forward & enjoyable read that's full of good practical...
I bought this book at the onset of deciding to take voluntary redundancy and set up my own business. Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2011 by Rachael
5.0 out of 5 stars What I thought
This book is clear and simple, easy to use. I read the whole thing cover to cover, but I'll bet it's also possible to dip in and out. Read more
Published on 4 Aug 2011 by Kathy
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