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

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  29,353 ratings  ·  2,291 reviews

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

Paperback, 215 pages
Published March 6th 2014 by Workman Publishing Company
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Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This was the kick I needed! I loved my reading experience with this book - it fell into my lap quite unexpectedly, full of my friend's annotations, and I flew through it. I had such a riot getting inspired and rethinking what the aims of creation should be. Full of quotations from a HUGE variety of creative types, full of manageable but impactful ideas, and with an excellent understanding of modern times and the tools we have at our disposable, this was a treat. A TREAT.

I really recommend this -
Pat Loughery
Having just finished Austin Kleon's previous book Steal Like an Artist, which I liked but didn't LOVE... I didn't expect anything different here. I mean, the book's exactly the same size and shape, the same layout, similar in approach. But this one hit me right between the eyes half a dozen times over.

I immediately started rereading this one, a library copy, and bought this one and Steal Like an Artist. I suspect that I didn't click with the first one because I read it too quickly and didn't rea
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I saw this book while watching a Youtube channel and I was curious to what is it about. I am just a person who struggles with self-confidence and don’t like to show off things I do so the title just felt like a slap to the face!

The good thing is that book was surprisingly about writing and authors too, in addition to art, business and all kind of stuff. The book is easily read within one hour but I think it kind of motivated me to be afraid less and be
Shannon Yarbrough
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Austin's first book, Steal Like an Artist, and did exactly what he told me, including buying extra copies of his book and giving it to all my friends. As a writer and an artist, his advice is simple, inspiring, and fun to follow. I still use that book as a reference when I need a pick-me-up.

His new book, Show Your Work!, feeds the need for those of us who wanted more! It's the same format - quick chapters with full page black and white photos, quotes from famous folks that you will be pi
Eoghann Irving
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm pretty much going to spend this review telling you everything wrong this book and the whole genre. Because if ever there's a book that embodies the genre Show Your Work is it.

Despite that, you may want to consider buying the book. Because while Austin Kleon really doesn't offer a single new idea, it is possible that his amiable presentation of the ideas will trigger you to act on them. In short, the emperor has no clothes, but it may not matter.

It's a Quick Read

Which translates to, this is a
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Funny, smart, observant. So much of what Kleon writes resonates with me as a writer who blogs and tweets. Great ideas about building your tribe and sharing ideas.
Christine Zibas
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books

"Whatever we say, we're always talking about ourselves." -- Alison Bechdel.

And I could add, whenever we talk, we're always telling stories. Why do we write or make art or pursue creativity of any sort? The answer? To be more ourselves, to show who we are, to make a connection, to find our tribe.

Austin Kleon, the author of this book is a "writer who draws" and in sharing himself here, he takes his readers deep into the element of connecting. In particular, he offers up suggestions of how to get y
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016
Kleon seems like a nice guy, so I hate saying this, but I have no idea why this is a book. "Put your work on the internet, and try not to be too annoying about it. Then people will see your work, know you exist, and not be too annoyed by you." The end. ...more
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent primer on self-promotion for artists. I have to admit that I picked it up with some skepticism, just as I did with Steal Like an Artist. This follow-up has the same slick look about it, with Kleon's subtractive poetry and ample quotes from other artists. But, just as with the other book, as soon as I started reading, I was sold on it. I loved what this book had to say.

The Goodreads summary covers the bullet points well, but what I liked most was his emphasis on how to make q
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Anytime I need some inspiration or encouragement in my creative endeavors, I turn to Austin Kleon. His words get me so pumped up and inspired, and his books never let me down.
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing-books
When I was younger, I thought that if I just wrote the perfect story, people would love it, I would be discovered, and then I'd have it made. That hasn't worked out the way I planned. I've come around to Austin Kleon's way of thinking: I love the encouragement to share my work as I'm doing it, rather than hoarding it until it's polished and perfect.

The book is breezy and short, but I found nuggets of inspiration. I'm eager to put some of his advice into effect and see if it makes a difference.
Manuel Antão
Dec 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
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Kardashian images: "Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered" by Austin Kleon

Someone might say: “We need inspiring visual content that can enrich us.”

Wow. Deep statement. On Instagram there is tons of crap and dross yet tons of visually inspiring images. She neatly sidesteps the utility of Instagram - there is no gatekeeper, no barrier for joe/jane ordinary to post his or her images. She wants to promote her
S.Baqer Al-Meshqab
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction-2017
This beautifully-written book is a reference to artists specifically and to all people in general who have the potential to do something and establish a name in social industry. Ten Guidelines will direct you to the way of how to present your work to others, be accepted, influence and get influenced by, and most importantly, to stick around. It has been very helpful in shaping the way you look to the products you make and to the process in which these products are made. I intend to put it on my ...more
Mohammad Shaker
Jun 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
“90 percent of everything is crap” the author writes. And so is 90 percent of this book.

I like deep work. This book is all about what leads to a shallow work. Maybe I’m against a lot of stuff in this book. Maybe I matured. Maybe I’ve grown up and don’t like these kind of books anymore. Maybe I should just draw a point and go to actual, real, deep work.

Oh but wait. Maybe I should share this review on twitter?
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you've always hesitated in making your creative pursuits public. If you feel like an imposter or worse, think of sharing your work as self-aggrandizement, this book is for you! ...more
Alex Linschoten
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed much of this quick but rich overview of ways in which sharing ideas, work, (etc) can be useful for both the author and his audience. Lots of practical ideas, most of which could be boiled down to what happens when you keep a blog regularly updated. Highly recommended to anyone who thinks for a living.
Mabeli Pujols
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the type of book that you really need to have with you and read it every time you feel that you need some inspiration!
Patrick Sherriff
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, on-writing
Kleon makes a good case for creatives at all stages of their artistic and commercial journey to lighten up and show folks what they're up to. This is like a condensed version of Real Artists Don't Starve, Jeff Goins rather good book on keeping it together as an artist and making a buck too, but Kleon's is much shorter and sweeter. The 10 chapter headings are pointers to a fruitful, moral creative life in the internet age:

1. You Don't Have to Be a Genius
2. Think Process, Not Product
3. Share Somet
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work, is a great follow up to his highly successful Steal Like an Artist; once you have been inspired and created work, you need to share your efforts with the world. Show Your Work is very simply written, using bold statements, art/poetry, quotes, and hand-drawn charts to elaborate on the author’s ideas. I appreciated Kleon’s bare bones style of writing; for this subject matter it really helps to get the point across simply and makes what he is saying memorable.

The main
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...but in this day and age, if your work isn’t online, it doesn’t exist.
If you want people to know about what you do and the things you care about, you have to share.

This is so true.
But it is also hard to keep up with all the social media!
I need a good plan *sigh*

Quote gem
The cat sat on a mat’is not a story. ‘The cat sat on the dog’s mat’is a story.
-John le Carré
My mom gave me this book and I was surprised that it actually is a great little fast read and reference guide to sharing your work in the modern world of social media and the Internet. I am sure I will refer back to this at some point. It has some good ideas written in an easy to digest format.
Donna Alward
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would have liked it to be a little more in depth, but it's a quick read, and I came away with a surprising number of little nuggets of insight. ...more
Fatomah Al-Doughan
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite reviewer recommended it to us. And it's really worth that good review. It's like a guideline on how to share your work as an artist. What to share and what u should not share. How to benefit from social media and internet as an artist in building your name. Care about the quality of your audience not their numbers and how to be close to them, and many many other useful advices

I'm really grateful for my brother as it's his gift for me from his short trip to Dubai 💚

One thing tha
Banana Muffin
Very generic advice. But not bad for an hour long read.
Anne Gazzolo
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Love these ideas for getting your creativity out there
Nikita Garg (thebookelf_)
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am NEVER disappointed when I read Austin's books or visit his website. This book, like the previous two, was so insightful. I have bookmarked tons of learnings and things I'm going to replicate with due credit. Will summarize my takeaways on IG, stay tuned. ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, art
Simple & funny, this book was a good kick that I definitely needed. It's quite thin, but well structured and contains only significant information. ...more
Vedant Kaushik
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cute book. Perfect for people who are starting out.
Khasrouf Taif
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Show Your Work" is a book by Austin Kleon 2014, the author of most recently released "Keep Going" and the 2012 best seller "Steel like an Artist". His books are very popular within the young creatives. In general, His writings take the form of top 10 advises, with quotes that are inspiring and long lasting. As he mentioned in this book, the materials he writes about are derived and compiled from post on his blog. Actually, this is the reason I started this whole thing about writing and blogging ...more
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