Friday, January 1, 2010
Business of Art Book Reviews: Must Have Practical Guides
2010 Artist's and Graphic Designer's Market
Edited by Mary Cox, Writers Digest Books
Amanda Hall: For aspiring illustrators, cartoonists, & designers, lists companies taking freelance submissions like publishers & greeting card companies
Sue Clancy: for artists wanting to published in books, magazines, on products; like phone book of contacts & how to approach, helpful art business info
Studio Protector: The Artist’s Guide to Emergencies
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
Julia Kirt: Beautifully designed, resource-packed readiness kit, what artists need to know BEFORE fire/tornado/flood, etc. Avoidance= Not Professional
See also review on Alyson Stanfield’s blog: http://www.artbizblog.com/2009/12/studioprotector.html
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist
Amanda Hall: For the legal jargon-challenged, provides model contracts and copyright law info. Covers many scenarios faced by artists at career stages.
Julia Kirt: Buy it.
Liz Roth: Every artist must own and read this book. Taxes, contracts, sample legal forms, dealing with lawyers-- this book has it all. All of his books are great.
Graphic Artists' Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
Graphic Artists’ Guild
Sarah Atlee: The HPEG answers all my questions about the business of illustration and design. It's essential for a freelancer in any visual field.
The volume of books about art businesses is pretty overwhelming with many titles and concentrations. I have read close more than a dozen business books targeting artists and sometimes get confused which is which, not to mention which ones to recommend for whom. This is part of a series of feature brief reviews and recommendations of business of art books by several knowledgeable artists. I hope the reviews will help artists know which books are most useful for which topics and career stages.
Feel free to add your own reviews and/or book ideas!