Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

· Sold by Workman Publishing Company
233 reviews

About this ebook

In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by “stealing” from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It’s about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

In chapters such as You Don’t Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

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233 reviews
Phila Ngcobo
September 1, 2021
This book changed my life a lot because it has taught me everything I needed to know about creating content and share your creativity with the world. Would recommend one invest in themselves by getting this book.
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July 31, 2017
The book is overrated with the information you get from the book. Nonetheless, There are useful methods on being transparent. Short concise read,
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Siddharth Sharma
June 23, 2021
Your are great author I read this book daily in this pandemic. And. I learnt many good things from it. And I have read all book of yours. Superb book and Superb Author
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About the author

Austin Kleon is the New York Times bestselling author of a trilogy of illustrated books about creativity in the digital age: Steal Like An ArtistShow Your Work!, and Keep Going. He’s also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems made by redacting the newspaper with a permanent marker. His books have been translated into dozens of languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and sons. Visit him online at

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