Show Your Work!: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Getting Discovered Paperback – 1 Apr 2014
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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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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.Read more ›
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?
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.
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.Read more ›
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The perfect book to move on from Steal like an Artist. Very readable to. Brilliant!Published 2 months ago by Jo Bird
At first I was thinking I know all this, but after reading it, it helped plant ideas about being visible in my mind in a way one can't forget as Kleon writes in a memorable way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tessa Eastman
I love this book - long enough to pique interest and short enough to read in one sitting with a few cups of tea. Read morePublished 5 months ago by B. Hunt
Excellent book for those of us who find it difficult to promote our work. His other book 'Steal Like An Artist' was the reason I went on to buy this one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AJ
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