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How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul Paperback – Jun 9 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 6th edition (June 9 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805088482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805088489
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.8 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #221,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the fourth edition:

"Provides the best overview of political and other aspects of the art world that I have ever come across. . . It is a bible that every artist should have." --Shannon Wilkinson, president, Cultural Communications, New York

"This book should be required reading for every exhibiting artist." --Ellen Rixford, Graphic News

"This self-help career book is the pick of the litter." --Donna Marxer, Artists' News

"Michels is filled with energy and ideas. . . Her experience is the reader's bonus." --American Artist
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Caroll Michels is a successful sculptor whose artwork has been exhibited in museums worldwide, and she has worked as a career coach on behalf of thousands of artists since 1978. She lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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I was looking forward to a book that would help me take care of the business side of working as an artist. I had expected information on how to write a grant proposal, how to successfully submit proposals to galleries, how to "prepare effective presentation tools". Instead what I got is a book that is full of references to other books and publications. There is a lot of useless, negative information. There are no actual examples of artists's statements, proposals, or anything else. Practically every paragraph makes reference to some other materials, so that if you really wanted to learn something you'd have to go read these other sources.

My advice....go to the library and take a look at the Appendix of Resources. Go buy one of the books mentioned there instead of wasting your money on what amounts to no more than one giant advertisement for other sources.
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I was disappointed in this book. Lots of "resources" listed, but the nuts and bolts boil down to the old "how to" cliches, like Get organized! A computer can help you do this! Many gallery owners are meanies! Far less than what I was looking for.
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This book has some good ideas, but it is very dated. It refers to search engines and sites that no longer exist, and doesn't address new technologies and sites. A new edition might be worthwhile, but I'd pass on this one.
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This book has some good ideas, but it is very dated. It refers to search engines and sites that no longer exist, and doesn't address new technologies and sites. A new edition might be worthwhile, but I'd pass on this one.
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This book saved me months of research. Not only does Caroll Michels unravel the myths associated with Fine Arts as a business, she also provides the names of hundreds of resources to assist in selling an artists works.
The book carefully lays out the do's and don'ts of the Fine Art business. She carefully points out that selling art is a business venture. As one who has not intention of 'starving for my art', the book is a great road map for the artist that is willing to work to make his or her art business succeed. After all, you are selling a product. Bad products fail, but good products without proper marketing suffer failure as well!
The book stresses this point throughout. Michels gives the tools to those who not only create, but want to make a mature, businesslike effort to grow that creativity into a real business.
While those who take advantage of the naivety of many artists must dislike the book immensely, it is a great business tool for those artists willing to read it.
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I read it cover-to-cover in one day and then made all my sculptor and photographer friends buy it too. I had so many illusions about the business of art that this book dispelled. I have never gotten so much good and useful advice from one place before. I feel so empowered to start my career as an artist now. The book is full of optimism, helpful information, and is absolutely packed with resources.
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Artists: If you are serious about gettin' famous, makin' heaps of dough, havin' all of those ... critics write about your brilliant swag, and seducin' actresses or actors, you gotta start right here with this book. Otherwise, pack it up and become an art historian or janitor at the Getty.
Seriously, this is the best book you can buy if you are considering hitting the "scene" with your goods.
Sure, she has some "cliche" statements about "getting organized" (but in all fairness, what artist doesn't need to be reminded to get organized?!) and the like, but wow...the sections on how to price your art, marketing with a brochure, the importance of contracts (!!!), grant building, etc etc. are a veritable cornucopia of practical goodness.
This book is so good that I almost burst with pleasure after reading it. I'll be willing to bet a Picasso that her consulting advise is beyond compliment.
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