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20 Books Every Artist Needs on Their Bookshelf

Best Books for Artists

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Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your creative career, there’s always more to learn. From brushing up on your marketing skills or learning how to sell your art online, there’s no end to the business skills that can help you push your career further. Because, as we all know, it takes more than raw talent to make it as an artist. Ambition, tenacity, and the willingness to grow are just some of the characteristics that will help you build your career.

And while there are no shortage of articles online to help—including our own section of creative career advice—sometimes you just need to pick up a good book. Luckily, there are fantastic resources out there to help you with all aspects of the art business. From learning how to set prices to techniques on how to keep you inspired and productive, there are endless books to help your career survive, and thrive.

Ready to start building your library? Clear some room on the bookshelf for our list of 20 books every artist needs to own.

 

Looking for inspiration and encouragement?

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

Twyla Tharp | from $2.87

 

Creative Confidence, Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All

 

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists

 

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

 

Need business basics for your art career?

 

Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

How to Become an Artist

Lisa Congdon | $16.95

Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career

 

The Business of Being an Artist

Books About Art Business

Daniel Grant | from $15.51

 

Real Artists Don’t Starve

Books for Artists

Jeff Goins | from $8.12

 

The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

How to Become an Artist

Jackie Battenfield | from $5.50

 

Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business

Etsy Business Books

Jason Malinak | from $4.14

 

Art Money & Success

How to Become an Artist

Maria Brophy | from $18.87

 

Want to improve your marketing and networking skills?

Show Your Work!

Art Marketing Book

Austin Kleon | from $3.42

 

I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion

Art Marketing Book

Alyson Stanfield | from $32.00

 

Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists

Writing for Artists

Vicki Krohn Amorose | from $7.29

 

Guerrilla Marketing for Artists

Art Marketing Book

Barney Davey | from $5.22

 

Wish you were better at selling your art?

 

How to Sell Art: A Systematic Approach to Creating Relationships with Collectors and Closing the Sale

How to Sell Art

J. Jason Horejs | from $15.82

 

How to Sell Your Art Online

How to Sell Art Online Book

Cory Huff | from $9.80

 

Need help with finances and legal matters?

 

Arts & Numbers: A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Other Members of the Creative Class

 

Don’t Panic: A Legal Guide (in plain English) for Small Businesses & Creative Professionals

 

Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists

Legal Advice for Artists

Tad Crawford | from $5.33

 

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