For artists, illustrators, galleries, collectors and all those interested in the art business

Do you want to learn more about the business of being an artist?

Looking to improve your marketing of your art - and your sales?

Want to make the jump to full-time artist or illustrator but not sure what you don't know that you need to know?

Thinking about setting up and art gallery and looking for tips?

If any of the above apply then this site has a book which can help

These are the best books on and about the art business which are available on Amazon. So while you learn more about art you can save on your business expenses!

Starting Out: Making a living as an artist

You have to start somewhere. Whether your're a hobby artist looking to start selling your work or an accomplished artist who's hoping to realise the dream of becoming a full-time artist - a good book about starting out in the art business is a good place to start.

Beyond starting out is survival as a full-time artist. Do you know everything you need to know. Are you aware that you don't know what you don't know? Find out more about WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW by choosing one or more of these books

The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love Paperback

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars (44 customer reviews)
#19 in Books > Arts & Photography > Business of Art

This book covers:
* Taking charge of your professional life - getting ready to take action and assembling essential tools
* Circulating your work - networking, researching and building professional relationships
* Supporting your work - managing the money, attracting additional funds and negotaiting legal contracts
* Maintaining your practice - day-to-day operations and surving being alone

RECOMMENDED: Two artists and art bloggers who I have a great regard for BOTH recommend this book very highly and have written excellent book reviews - see links. I knew when I read them that this book deserved to be highlighted on this lens.

"Do not purchase this book if you're fond of making excuses for why you aren't a successful artist, because once you read it you will have no excuses left. Battenfield covers everything from examining your own hopes and fears to writing an artist statement to finding a place to show to securing funds. With real life examples and interviews scattered throughout, this book is 345 pages of pure career-coaching gold. The tone is positive and upbeat, yet realistic. Battenfield is very clear that being successful in the arts is a difficult task that takes a tremendous amount of work and perseverance, yet she demonstrates both that it is possible and how it is possible. In an act of great generosity Battenfield has withheld nothing, so the book reads like a precious tome of secrets."
Annie Bisset -
Woodblock Dreams - Read her full review in Making a Living As an Artist.

"Jackie is writing from her experience as a successful exhibiting artist, lecturer and teacher, and gallery director.... Her information is therefore not theoretical but steeped in firsthand knowledge. Sidebar quotes--she calls them "Reality Checks"-- from artists, dealers, critics and curators underscore the relevance of the material
There are exercises and lists to get you revved up, or to shift you into the next-higher gear, but I have to say that it's the guidance and observations I like best. "Much of my advice is not secret information," writes Jackie. But it's rare to find it compiled so well."

Joanne Mattera - Joanne Mattera Art Blog Read her full review in this "Marketing Mondays" post.

You can also read a Q&A interview with Jackie Battenfield in Marketing Mondays: Career Q&A with Jackie Battenfield

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1 edition (June 9, 2009)

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Book Reviews by Art Bloggers #1

Books covered:
* The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield
* How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul by Caroll Michels
* I'd Rather Be in the Studio!by Alyson B. Stanfield
* ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Heather Darcy Bhandari, Jonathan Melber

myartspace>blog: Book Review: Jackie Battenfield's The Artist's Guide - How to Make a Living Doing What You Love
Jackie Battenfield's new book, The Artist's Guide - How To Make a Living Doing What You Love, is an excellent resource for visual artists at any stage of their career. Battenfield writes in a professional and yet easy manner and provides invaluable information, inspiration and resources on making a successful career in the art world. Battenfield's words do more than just dictate the "how to" and "why for" of the business end of art.
Get Known Before the Book Deal: Fund Your Writing Projects: Featured Money Magnet Jackie Battenfield
By Gigi Rosenberg
The idea for the book, The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love, was born out of the professional development workshops she taught for artists. Her students' enthusiasm for her handouts egged her on. "My students kept telling me they used my handouts over and over again," she said. As she developed her idea for the book, she began to feel a mission to reach a larger audience with information about how to succeed as an artist.
Joanne Mattera Art Blog: Marketing Mondays: "The Artist's Guide" and Other Books
Talk about timely. Just as the art world is shaken to its foundations by the economic downturn, along comes The Artist's Guide: How To Make A Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield. I'm not being flip. Even though galleries are downsizing or shutting their doors, artists are still making art and still need to find a place for themselves. This book explains the art world (to the extent that something as multifaceted, international, freeform and unencumbered by "rules" can be explained) and offers clear and useful steps to setting goals and achieving them--information that until recently most artists never learned in art school.
CWCA Calls for Entry: Caroll Michels - 6th edition of HOW TO SURVIVE AND PROSPER AS AN ARTIST: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul
Drawing on more than three decades of experience as a career coach and artist-advocate, Michels shares insights for navigating the complicated, often political, art world. In the chapter "Launching or Relaunching Your Career: Overcoming Career Blocks," she pinpoints specific danger zones for artists - including an unwillingness to confront money issues, an awe of New York and self-imposed "regionalism," the quest for external validation, and adolescent career goals.
Josh Grabowski Art: Artist Necessity
Any artist, no matter your craft, should read this book if a career in art is the goal in mind. Personally, coming from the painting side of things, I feel that this book spoke to me directly. An easy read with so much information on what to do and where to do it, and with a price tag that will most certainly not break the bank it is a no brainer... go get your copy now of How to Survive and Prosper As An Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul by Caroll Michels!
how to survive and prosper as an artist | Sofie Dittmann's Photography Blog
The book talks about establishing prices for your work, attracting attention to your work and building immunity to rejection....I was prepared for a book that wouldn't sugar-coat anything. However, not only does it do away with the notion that art is only art when you're starving, it has some REALLY good advice on how to market yourself as an artist.
which craft business book is right for you?; business thinking for designers & makers
Read it if: you dream of selling in galleries and cultivating collectors across the country. If you're more interested in one of a kind work than production models, then you should definitely check out I'd Rather Be in the Studio. It doesn't cover the nuts and bolts of running a business (you should check out another small biz guidebook for that) but it does teach you how to promote your work and increase your sales so you can spend the maximum amount of time focusing on creating your work.
Review: I'd Rather Be in the Studio | D*I*Y Planner
I'd Rather Be In the Studio is an amazing book that, while targeting artists looking to build their business and promote themselves, I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking to promote their passions....I started this book three times over. Not because it was a bad book but because it was so chock full of good advice that every time I picked it up and read a bit more, my mind would churn and I'd go off to put some of her advice into practice.
BmoreArt: Book Report: 'I'd Rather Be in the Studio!' by Alyson B. Stansfield
This book is structured like a twelve-step program, organized around eight typical excuses that artists use to avoid self promotion or taking a professional risk......Like a caring therapist, Stansfield builds up the reader's confidence, chapter by chapter, and mixes emotional exercises with factual information, like how to write an artist statement and resume........While well-intended, I personally had a hard time getting through this particular text. There was an overall emphasis on self-promotion, instead of a holistic approach to one's career, and I found this a bit one-dimensional.
Suggested Reading - ART/WORK - Heather Darcy Bhandari & Jonathan Melber | Studio Fuse Art Blog
Darcy Bhandari & Melber's comprehensive manual is intended to help artists expand their business practices while encouraging professionalism as it relates to artistic practice. This book serves the dose of practicality needed to aid in dispelling the antiquated over-romanticized notion of the starving artist.
-Dustin Dennis GroveCanada "Grove"'s review of ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and...
Please remember WHO is writing the artists? No. By gallery workers, yes..., April 11, 2010
It's all very well to write a book for artists, but if you are working for galleries, you may have a bias.

Numbers and Business Plans for Artists

Most artists will run a mile rather than think about creating a business plan. However you should try taking a look at these books before you think business plans are not for you!

Selling Art in Galleries

Selling art via a gallery is most people's idea of how art is sold. But how exactly does it all work?

These three books will explain:
* how to get into a gallery
* what the processes are when dealing with a gallery
* what "consignment" is
* how pricing and commission works
* who is responsible for insurance
* what costs you might be responsible for

Selling yourself as an artist

Two sites dedicated to providing you with all the FREE advice and information which is on the Internet for saying who you are and what you've done as an artist.


Licensing art

Have you ever thought about licensing your art? That way you can get repeat income from an existing original work of art.

The two books below walk you through all the things you need to think about and what you need to do to licence your art - and all the different objects your art might be used for

Selling Art Online

more resources for artists

There's a lot more to being successful as an artist than learning how to paint. Marketing is one of the most important activities of an artist. If you want to market art online, these websites will give you some pointers


The Art Business - Resources for Artists


The Art Economy, Art Law & Copyright


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  • LauraCarExpert Jul 03, 2013 @ 1:39 pm
    i guess if you know how to do marketing, you should be able to find a place for your art. Thank goodness for the interwebs!
  • MintySea Oct 03, 2012 @ 11:11 am
    wow you have a lot of book will look some of them up now
  • WordCustard May 26, 2010 @ 4:07 am
    Another very useful resource for artists and those who love art.

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