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  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (division of Workman) (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076117897X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761178972
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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"["Show Your Work" is] timeless; readers can return to it repeatedly throughout life and still glean useful ideas and tips... Anyone starting out (or starting over)...will find upbeat encouragement here." "Library Journal" Some people are natural self-promoters. For others, it s painfully difficult to put their work out there. In this creatively designed pocket-sized book, Kleon offers the latter group effective strategies that allow them to share their work without leaving their comfort zone . Kleon s advice is sassy and spot-on. "Publishers Weekly" [The] subtitle could just as easily be, How to Self-promote Without Being a Jerkface. It s an incredibly useful and compulsively readable short book. "Fast Company" Kleon addresses with equal parts humility, honesty, and humor one of the quintessential questions of the creative life: How do you get discovered ? In some ways, the book is the mirror-image of Kleon s debut rather than encouraging you to steal from others it offers a blueprint to making your work influential enough to be theft-worthy. "Brain Pickings" A must-read for anyone involved in the creative process. "LibraryReads" Kleon s powerful advice makes this small-format book not-at-all little. "Booklist" In this motivating book, packed with smart approaches, ideas and quotes, Kleon teaches you how best to navigate through creative work in the present day. . . . A certain and deserved bestseller. "The Bookseller" It s not often that I find myself reviewing a book that I can say has already changed my life. . . . At a crucial turn in this fabulous little wallop of a book comes the simple directive, Share something small every day. That something oughtn t be your Instagrammed latte or a selfie, but something useful or interesting about your work. Put enough somethings out there, and a lone artist or entrepreneur can soon be a productive part of a creative community. "BookPage""

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 19 Mar. 2014
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‘Show Your Work’ written by Austin Kleon in some way is a sequel of his earlier work ‘Steal Like an Artist’ where author gave numerous simple though useful advices how to unleash own creativity by borrowing ideas from the people around you.

In this sequel it appears that the author wanted to give more to people who liked his approach still offering format that proved successful – quotes from people you heard of, small chapters with black and white photos intertwined with some great tips the author is selflessly giving.

Kleon begins his book with his 10 very simple tips that are at the heart of his work – “You don’t have to be a genius”, “Think process, not product”, “Share something small every day”, “Open up your cabinet of curiosities”, “Tell good stories”, “Teach what you know”, “Don’t turn into human spam”, “Learn to take a punch”, “Sell out” and “Stick around”. And when you look at this list you see these are not some great wisdom, but the more you think of them you’ll see that this are great advices that we often ignore.

The author emphasizes how important is for each creative person to dive into own artistic personality and make those necessary changes in order to be better able to present to those people you see and want them to be your audience. It is important to note that this is not a classic self-help, which provides the steps you need to follow but more about the tips that every creative person will translate in what we do best and what we don’t do therefore paying attention to become more successful.

‘Show Your Work’ is book extremely easy to read, a reader can open it on any page, read few paragraphs and leave it at any time, because each part is the whole for itself.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Pacisse on 7 Mar. 2014
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Austin Kleon's last book "Steal Like An Artist" still sits on my "favourites shelf' beside my bed. Perversely, I'm glad I only gave it four stars, because this new one deserves even more. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and insightful take on the vexed subject of how to share one's creative work with the world at large. Highly recommended for those of us who think we'd quite like to "get our work out there" but are spooked by the whole idea of self-promotion. In fact, it's rather more than that - its guiding philosophy is about contribution and being a part of something bigger. Don't imagine that it's 'holier than thou', it's anything but. It's a funky little book, with a generous heart.
It does assume, though, that 'getting the work out there' means getting it on the Internet. Austin, when you do a second edition, how about some thoughts on sharing work in the non-cyber world?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. C. Smith on 30 May 2014
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This is an interesting book full of ideas of how to go about getting your work displayed or shown. It gets you thinking along the right lines and it's amazing how many more ideas, or versions of the ideas given, that come into your head. A really useful book and a great help.
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I'm a consultant and self employed and have read a lot of books on topics related to what Kleon talks about here. What particularly stood out for me about Austin's perspective is that when we are writing about our work, people want to see behind the veil. Others want to know how we do what we do almost more than what we do and this is a distinction I find really useful. Kleon writes with verve and heart and by writing in this way, the whole book embodies what he is teaching. And he brings a sense of lightness to showing our work that is a refreshing alternative to most other business development writers. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Newitt on 12 July 2014
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So good I brought it twice! I now have the kindle and the softback. Great for inspiration.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By iwillseetheworld on 11 May 2014
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Distilled unapologetic wisdom. Great read in one or two sittings. Feeling free to just be and share now more than ever. Thank you, Austin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Vinos on 15 Jun. 2014
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A great book; easy to read and with some really great actionable steps.
Made me really think differently about self-promotion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sarah pengilly on 8 May 2014
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Really enjoyed this book found it interesting and inspiring. Would recommend this book to friends and aspiring artists. Good value
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