Business & Career: Getting Started
(also see "Marketing & Selling")
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon, Meg Mateo Ilasco, Jonathan Fields (Foreword) – Paperback: 184 pages; Chronicle Books (Aug 12, 2014)

You don't have to starve to be an artist. Build a career doing what you love. In this practical guide, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art—through illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and beyond.

The Successful Artist's Career Guide: Finding Your Way in the Business of Art by Margaret Peot – Paperback: 224 pages; North Light Books (Feb 27, 2012)

Whether you are an art student, an aspiring artist or a longtime hobbyist, Margaret Peot offers experienced advice and empowerment for taking that next step.

Art & Reality: The New Standard Reference Guide and Business Plan for Actively Developing Your Career As an Artist by Robert J. Abbott – Paperback: 240 pages; Seven Locks Press; 2nd edition (Dec 1997)

How to Start and Succeed As an Artist by Daniel Grant – Paperback: 224 pages; 2nd edition, Watson-Guptill, 1997

This is a carefully researched, complete guide to the organizations and other resources available to help artists advance and prosper in their careers. This updated edition includes chapters on working with arts organizations, funding sources, legal and accounting services, artist-in-residence programs, artists' networks, health and safety, locating affordable studio space, artists' communities, plus World Wide Web sites of special interest to artists.

Starting Your Career as an Artist: A Guide for Painters, Sculptors, Photographers, and Other Visual Artists by Angie Wojak, Stacy Miller – Paperback: 288 pages; Allworth Press (Jul 27, 2011) Best Seller

Starting Your Career as an Artist is a comprehensive manual full of sound advice for artists seeking to advance their professional careers.

Becoming a Successful Artist by Lewis Barrett Lehrman – Hardcover: 144 pages; North Light Books (Sep 1996)

Many part-time painters dream of turning their art into a career, but don't know what it takes—or what it means—to be a full-time artist. In this book, 21 painters, including Zoltan Szabo, Tom Hill, Charles Sovek, Nita Engle and others, share their stories, inspiration and advice.

Taking the Leap : Building a Career As a Visual Artist by Cay Lang – Paperback: 256 pages; Chronicle Books; 2nd edition (Mar 1, 2006)

Cay Lang's Taking the Leap has helped thousands of artists jumpstart their careers and make real the dream of exhibiting and selling their work. An internationally exhibited photographer and teacher, Lang offers the wisdom of experience, combined with enthusiasm and gentle humor, to guide artists through the ins and outs of the art business. Practical and inspiring, this revised and updated edition offers two new chapters—on using the Internet and the media to best effect—plus provides step-by-step advice on preparing presentation materials; finding and dealing with galleries (as well as bypassing the traditional gallery system); handling rights, royalties, and taxes; an extensive resource list; and other invaluable information for both beginning artists and those ready to take the next step in their careers.

How to Get Started Selling Your Art by Carole Katchen – Paperback: 128 pages; North Light Books, 1996

From North Light: This friendly guide outlines all the possibilities for artists who want to make a living from artwork, as well as for those who just want their art to pay for itself. The book explores various sales venues, including inexpensive home exhibits, mall shows and galleries; offers advice on marketing strategies, including how to create a professional image, assemble a portfolio and set prices; and provides worksheets and self-tests to help readers focus their efforts.

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