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Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

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by Austin Kleon
 

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In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.

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In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

In chapters such as You Don’t Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
01/13/2014
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 (Steal Like an Artist) offers the latter group effective strategies that allow them to share their work without leaving their comfort zone. Kleon advises becoming part of a “scenius”—a group of creative collaborators that can spark ideas, provide connections, and start conversations. Such groups are easily found online via blogs, social media sites, e-mail groups, and more, all of which allow individuals with like interests to connect and contribute. Kleon offers common sense advice (find your voice, don’t be a hoarder) on how to demonstrate your talent, and describes a new way of operating that is less of a sell and more of a conversation. He advises readers to share something small everyday and to tell good stories, but cautions against turning into human spam. He also offers advice on how to handle criticism from online trolls, and overcoming the stigma of being a “sellout.” Kleon’s advice is sassy and spot-on. Illus. Agent: Ted Weinstein, Ted Weinstein Literary Management. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"[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

Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
Whatever ones art is, this young adult book is sure to inspire both young and old to share their skills and work with the world. With provocative chapters, this book will challenge and guide its readers on how to utilize modern technology in an effective way to express oneself. Though a fairly quick read, a number of topics are covered, from sharing the creative process and not just the final product to withstanding critics. The author emphasizes the importance of creating a solid name or image that remains uncompromised. Valuable advice concerning sharing information on the worldwide web is given. Inspiring quotes by successful artists and entrepreneurs, like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Steve Jobs, are scattered throughout. The author uses a conversational style of writing, making this an easy and enjoyable read. Overall, this book is full of thought-provoking advice and quotable lines that will leave one in contemplation long after the final page has been read, and it is sure to inspire one to action, to live. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson; Ages 12 up.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761178972
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/06/2014
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
71,001
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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From the Publisher
“Austin Kleon is one of the brightest new minds on the creative landscape. SHOW YOUR WORK! demonstrates why. With simple yet profound insights, and an array of his amazing images, he casts aside old stereotypes of the creative life and tells what it’s really like.”
—DANIEL H. PINK, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive

Meet 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!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Jossie-Posie More than 1 year ago
Let me just start by saying this book changed my way of thinking. I always thought to be good at something you must perfect your craft then let it out to the universe. In reading this book Austin Kleon explains in order to be discovered or recognized you must show the process of your craft. It does not matter if it's any good because other crafters will recognize your work. That process alone will lead to a following. I dont want to give up all the goodies in this book that really hit home for me but I do give it a big fat thumbs up!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on his last book &quot;Steal like an Artist&quot;. I love the way he says close to the end of the book to share it with someone. I'm going to give this book to my sweet friend Theresa who is a small buisness owner. Who knows she may make it to the top!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by a friend on Instagram. It gave me so much valuable info more than I could imagine. Everyone can relate to things written in the book no matter what your skill or craft is. I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading other books this author has written.