Show Your Work

This book by Austin Kleon is among my current inspirations. Mr. Kleon offers up the same wit and truth-telling that he does in my other favorite book of his Steal Like An Artist. In Show Your Work he challenges all of us who find self-promotion of our artistic work hard by encouraging us to just do it. He gives lots of thought tools that are great at reframing the “my work speaks for itself” BS among other traps authors may find ourselves in. (Clearly, if it “spoke for itself”, my novel would already be a best seller!) I’ve started increasing my self-promotion activities from some of his suggestions, and found them painless to implement. I highly recommend his works to every writer and creative person who wants show to others, or just wants to read someone ‘who gets it’. Here’s his website:

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