Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Read 15 January 2017
I first heard about this book a couple of weeks ago when Derek Sivers mentioned it in a blog post and then I came across it yet again in Tim Ferriss’s Tools of Titans (which I’m currently reading), so I took the hint and bought it.
I absolutely loved this book and I’ve read it at exactly the right time in my life for all of the contents to apply to everything I’m doing right now. It’s not a book that theorises anything - it’s a book written from the author’s deep experience, which is deeply appealing.
It’s a very clear and concise book that has helped me make my mind up on a range of issues. For instance, I’ve been debating with myself whether or not to syndicate certain parts of my work on other platforms and splitting my blog up into more than one site. Austin has convinced me that carving out my own little piece of the web and having complete control over it is the way forward. Deep down I knew this, but it’s always good to have someone who’s been there tell you so.
I read this book in about four hours. It’s a small book that contains the perfect amount of information. He’s been respectful of our time. It also features lots of his illustrations throughout.
Altogether a very motivational piece that will help clear you head and convince you that the best way to get noticed as an artist is to show your work.