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This is the ultimate tell-all, show-all guide to making a living by making things. Featuring 25 profiles of illustrators, jewelry designers, ceramicists, painters, clothing designers, and printmakers, How to Make It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the daily rituals and best practices that keep these creative entrepreneurs on track. With Q & As, insider tips, and DIYs This is the ultimate tell-all, show-all guide to making a living by making things. Featuring 25 profiles of illustrators, jewelry designers, ceramicists, painters, clothing designers, and printmakers, How to Make It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the daily rituals and best practices that keep these creative entrepreneurs on track. With Q & As, insider tips, and DIYs from each maker, these pages offer guidance and encouragement to artists just starting their careers and to professionals looking to take their creative business to the next level. Brimming with practical advice and inspiration, this book is a perfect gift for anyone interested in making it as a maker.


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This is the ultimate tell-all, show-all guide to making a living by making things. Featuring 25 profiles of illustrators, jewelry designers, ceramicists, painters, clothing designers, and printmakers, How to Make It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the daily rituals and best practices that keep these creative entrepreneurs on track. With Q & As, insider tips, and DIYs This is the ultimate tell-all, show-all guide to making a living by making things. Featuring 25 profiles of illustrators, jewelry designers, ceramicists, painters, clothing designers, and printmakers, How to Make It provides a behind-the-scenes look at the daily rituals and best practices that keep these creative entrepreneurs on track. With Q & As, insider tips, and DIYs from each maker, these pages offer guidance and encouragement to artists just starting their careers and to professionals looking to take their creative business to the next level. Brimming with practical advice and inspiration, this book is a perfect gift for anyone interested in making it as a maker.

30 review for How to Make It: 25 Makers Share the Secrets to Building a Creative Business (Art Books, Graphic Design Books, Books About Artists)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn

    This book was a tad disappointing. I would have more accurately described it as an "artist interview book" rather than a "artist sharing business secrets" book. The artists all gave some tips but they never went into the specifics; they would say to keep organized they would use "apps" and "websites" but never saying which ones! All the artists featured in this book were really cool and it was neat learning about them and what they do. I do love that the author featured artists from many differe This book was a tad disappointing. I would have more accurately described it as an "artist interview book" rather than a "artist sharing business secrets" book. The artists all gave some tips but they never went into the specifics; they would say to keep organized they would use "apps" and "websites" but never saying which ones! All the artists featured in this book were really cool and it was neat learning about them and what they do. I do love that the author featured artists from many different fields, showing you can make a business out of the thing you love. But sadly this book lacks the information I was expecting from it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    It was nice, but really didn't live up to its title. It's a fairly enjoyable collections of brief interviews, but not much guidance or instruction on actually running a creative business. Many of the artists' answers were essentially just "I just sort of make it up as I go along and learn from my mistakes," or "I just trust my instinct," which is not very informative. The DIY projects were also very underwhelming. One project consisted of literally taking a pair of jeans and a measuring tape and It was nice, but really didn't live up to its title. It's a fairly enjoyable collections of brief interviews, but not much guidance or instruction on actually running a creative business. Many of the artists' answers were essentially just "I just sort of make it up as I go along and learn from my mistakes," or "I just trust my instinct," which is not very informative. The DIY projects were also very underwhelming. One project consisted of literally taking a pair of jeans and a measuring tape and measuring the jeans. Wow... It's worth browsing if you happen to find it in a library but I wouldn't waste my money buying this book. The best part about it was gleaning a list of better books suggested by different artists to check out instead, and some cool playlists to listen to.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kc

    The pictures were beautiful! The short stories about each business were concise and easy to read. I started following some of the artisans on Facebok and Instagram which is great as I would not have found them without this book. However, it does not live up to its title and description. When I put this on hold at my library, I expected more detail on really how to make an artisan business work instead of short explanations of working artisans.

  4. 5 out of 5

    lauren

    Why are there so many of these books? And why do I keep checking them out? The formula is here are people making cool stuff, a bunch of pictures of their cool stuff, five or six of the same questions asked to each person about how they got to be so cool, maybe a day in the life snapshot. I think I need to declare myself done with this sort of book, but probably I'll be tempted (and then annoyed) yet again. Why are there so many of these books? And why do I keep checking them out? The formula is here are people making cool stuff, a bunch of pictures of their cool stuff, five or six of the same questions asked to each person about how they got to be so cool, maybe a day in the life snapshot. I think I need to declare myself done with this sort of book, but probably I'll be tempted (and then annoyed) yet again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Felissa King

    Loved the photography and blurbs from the lives of various kinds of makers, many of whom found their way into their media or specific niche in surprising ways but then really have powered through with drive and dedication for their brand. My wish was that it was more in-depth: more on HOW they have built the business they have, the nitty gritty challenges, etc. I’d have preferred fewer artist highlights and more time spent in depth.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette Guerzon Mills

    Enjoyed reading this book that is filled with beautiful photos of the makers with peeks into their workspace and creative lives. Enjoyed reading their music lists too! I didn't feel like the hands-on tutorials were necessary though. Would rather have had more question and answers or more in depth business insight than a step by step instruction in making a card or scarf. Enjoyed reading this book that is filled with beautiful photos of the makers with peeks into their workspace and creative lives. Enjoyed reading their music lists too! I didn't feel like the hands-on tutorials were necessary though. Would rather have had more question and answers or more in depth business insight than a step by step instruction in making a card or scarf.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I chose to read this book because I run a small creative business. I found the interviews with the various business owners to be somewhat helpful. I found most of the shared projects to be a waste of time. There were a few that actually included decent instructions and someone might want to make them. The book contained a lot of well done photos. I wished to see more photos of the overall work space. The interview format was interesting but li I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I chose to read this book because I run a small creative business. I found the interviews with the various business owners to be somewhat helpful. I found most of the shared projects to be a waste of time. There were a few that actually included decent instructions and someone might want to make them. The book contained a lot of well done photos. I wished to see more photos of the overall work space. The interview format was interesting but limiting. Maybe there could have been less businesses and more in-depth information. There were makers who had outgrown producing everything themselves. How did they going about sourcing and hiring? This book may be good for someone just starting to look at opening a business. For someone already in business, there is just not enough here.

  8. 5 out of 5

    zeknir

    quick read, with some inspiring stories. the diy projects are hit and miss. the interview questions get monotonous. instead of everyone answering the same questions, it would have been fun to hear more of a voice from from the artists, and definitely more of a personality from the author. didn’t really learn much about anybody’s process of taking their business from desire to fruition, which was kind of the point. it was inspiring to know that these people are making it happen, but it’s less of quick read, with some inspiring stories. the diy projects are hit and miss. the interview questions get monotonous. instead of everyone answering the same questions, it would have been fun to hear more of a voice from from the artists, and definitely more of a personality from the author. didn’t really learn much about anybody’s process of taking their business from desire to fruition, which was kind of the point. it was inspiring to know that these people are making it happen, but it’s less of “how to” and just “this is what they do”. many of the photographs are odd too. i don’t think there were any portraits of any of the artists, just some working shots, so you don’t even see their faces most of the time. i enjoyed the studio photos.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    LOVED! One of my personal favorites. Each creative business that was selected for this book has their own spin on how they do things but yet they have come to understand their business and their audience making them leaders in the creative business world. I've gotten so many tips and tricks from this book. LOVED! One of my personal favorites. Each creative business that was selected for this book has their own spin on how they do things but yet they have come to understand their business and their audience making them leaders in the creative business world. I've gotten so many tips and tricks from this book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    This book was boring. I thought it was going to include practical advice for how to build a successful business, but it was actually bios of a number of artists. I don't think the bios were very good and if the author had asked the artists better questions this book could have been a lot better. At least it was short because I wouldn't have been able to finish it otherwise. This book was boring. I thought it was going to include practical advice for how to build a successful business, but it was actually bios of a number of artists. I don't think the bios were very good and if the author had asked the artists better questions this book could have been a lot better. At least it was short because I wouldn't have been able to finish it otherwise.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Misbah

    Very inspirational reading about people who turned their passions and talents into businesses. This book interviews 25 purple in the handmade business about their journey. How they tackle the business affects and how they stay motivated and true to their craft. Will read this again.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    This was a very interesting read. I'm not a nosey person, but I love being able to see a glimpse of the maker's daily lives, not just at their business, but also at home. I'm inspired to get started on my own creative (woodworking) business. This was a very interesting read. I'm not a nosey person, but I love being able to see a glimpse of the maker's daily lives, not just at their business, but also at home. I'm inspired to get started on my own creative (woodworking) business.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    This book gave me the warm fuzzies. So inspiring and enlightening to read about the myriad ways artists make a like for themselves. Hoping to inspire my son, but I think he's a tad too young at 13 to appreciate the message, which is do you, and the rest will come. This book gave me the warm fuzzies. So inspiring and enlightening to read about the myriad ways artists make a like for themselves. Hoping to inspire my son, but I think he's a tad too young at 13 to appreciate the message, which is do you, and the rest will come.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susan Black

    Interesting quick review of 25 creative businesses, each gives instructions for a hand made project, a mixtape play list and my favourite a day in their life description.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Interviews of small business owners. Printed in the tiniest print I've ever seen in a modern book -- don't know who thought that was a good idea. Interviews of small business owners. Printed in the tiniest print I've ever seen in a modern book -- don't know who thought that was a good idea.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sumiko

    A series of interviews with artists and arts and who are making a Go of it with art/ crafts bases businesses. Each chapter includes a project devised by the featured artist.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    It won me over, darn it. It seems to have some solid advice. It's very pretty. It won me over, darn it. It seems to have some solid advice. It's very pretty.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie Akeman

    Awesome book. It makes you feel better knowing in many cases the artist had no idea what is going to happen when they started.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Balog

    Very informative I liked the chance to look into the life of the artists and makers in this book, seeing how they got started in the business end of making art.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jodi Geever

    This book is encouraging for people who aspire to make a living through their creativity. I read it in the hopes of becoming an artsy type...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rae

    Good photographs, solid advice and a good variety of examples/types of creative businesses.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    I love hearing makers' stories, advice, and commentary about their work and process. This book gives you that, along with a DIY and playlist per-interivew. I love hearing makers' stories, advice, and commentary about their work and process. This book gives you that, along with a DIY and playlist per-interivew.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Loved this book - interesting and inspiring. Perfect way to spend a sat morning reading this. Sat afternoon is going to be spent listening to all the recommended music listed in each interview can't wait to find some new gems Loved this book - interesting and inspiring. Perfect way to spend a sat morning reading this. Sat afternoon is going to be spent listening to all the recommended music listed in each interview can't wait to find some new gems

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jon Finkel

    Really wish I liked this more, but it stopped well short of the promise in the title, the pictures were angled so what you really wanted to look at was just out of frame, and the make-it-yourself projects, while a nice idea, seemed to assume a greater familiarity with their particular process than was warranted and/or get (deliberately?) fuzzy at crucial instructional points.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Walker-Lass

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Interviews with small businesses on what they find inspiring and what a typical day is like being self starters. Each one giving one small crafty tutorial.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephy

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