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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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Sassy and spot-on. --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "Steal Like an Artist" and "Show Your Work!" His work has been featured on NPR s "Morning Edition", "PBS Newshour", and in the "New York Times" and "Wall Street Journal". He also speaks frequently about creativity in the digital age for such organizations as Pixar, Google, SXSW, TEDx, and "The Economist". He lives in Austin, Texas, and online at austinkleon.com.


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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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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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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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I suppose if you have no one to converse with regards a creative slump then this book is like your best friend who understands all too well the doubts that arise for most creative practitioners.
The 'friend' is saying all the things you know already deep down but when you are stuck in the proverbial rut, you just struggle to realise them. So if its a kick up the behind that you need with a good dose of down-to-earth common sense then this little read is for you.
I found myself nodding in agreement and recognition throughout and it did give me a push forward and reasonably priced too.
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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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As Austin Kleon explains, his previous book, Steal Like an Artist, "was about stealing influence from other people" whereas "this book is about how to influence others by letting them steal from [begin italics] you [end italics]." I agree with him that "all you have to do is to show your work" but only if (HUGE "if") it's worth stealing and you know how to do that in terms of what, when, and where. Actually, he wrote this book "for people who hate the very idea of self-promotion." It's not enough to be very good. "In order to be found, you have to [begin italics] be findable [end italics]. I think there's an easy way of putting your work out there and making it discoverable [begin italics] while [end italics] you're focused on getting really good at what you do."

Kleon's two books can be of incalculable value to those who need help with creating content (whatever its nature and extent may be) and then help with attracting the interest and support of those on whom the success of the offering depends. It could be a product, a service, or both. Its target market could be singles, seniors, the unemployed or under-employed, new parents, do-it-yourselfers, beginners at whatever...you get the idea.

So, how to become findable? First, Kleon explains the need for developing a new mindset, one that will enable the reluctant self-promoter to think differently so that she or he can then operate differently. Here's his key point: "Almost all of the people I look up to and try to steal from today, regardless of their profession, have built [begin italics] sharing [end italics] into their routine. Next, he urges his reader to find what the musician Brian Eno characterizes as a "scenius": a group of creative individuals who make up an ecology of talent.
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