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 journeygetting known.
Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. Its about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time networking. Its not self-promotion, its self-discoverylet 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 Dont Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a users manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity what he calls the ecology of talent. From broader life lessons about work (you cant find your voice if you dont use it) to the etiquette of sharingand the dangers of oversharingto the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), its an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.
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.
"[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."
Some people are natural self-promoters. For others, its 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. Kleons advice is sassy and spot-on.
[The] subtitle could just as easily be, How to Self-promote Without Being a Jerkface. Its an incredibly useful and compulsively readable short book.
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 Kleons debut rather than encouraging you to steal from others it offers a blueprint to making your work influential enough to be theft-worthy.
A must-read for anyone involved in the creative process.
Kleons powerful advice makes this small-format book not-at-all little.
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.
Its 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 oughtnt 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.