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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. Given the above mentioned, Austin Kleon book can be recommended to anyone who wants to awaken the artist in him/herself or get the answer in which areas we are making errors in our approach; that is what often happens to artists engrossed in their world wondering what's wrong with the audience not seeing many opportunities provided.

The author calls on the sharing of ideas and works, and particularly with this book he deserved a good voice to be shared about it.
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on 7 March 2014
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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on 20 September 2014
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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on 11 May 2014
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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on 15 June 2014
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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on 8 May 2014
Really enjoyed this book found it interesting and inspiring. Would recommend this book to friends and aspiring artists. Good value
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on 30 May 2014
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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on 19 April 2014
There is no point in blogging for the sake of it. This book tells you it's ok just to share what you enjoy. But sharing is the key to engaging your audience.
This is a short book but the advice in it is what you're paying for. Recommended for anyone trying to get their work noticed on the internet.
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on 18 August 2014
You can read this book in 30 minutes. Full of thoughtful quotes and not one from Einstein or Mark Twain, original sources for a refreshing change. A great book for anyone wondering what to share, what not to, how to begin and even to those who have started to begin again.
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on 12 July 2014
So good I brought it twice! I now have the kindle and the softback. Great for inspiration.
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