Top 10 Artist's Creativity Books
Art Inc: The Essemtial Guide for Buiding your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon

2. Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your
Career as an Artist (2014)

AUTHOR: Lisa Congdon | PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books

A good book for the artist who is starting out. Recounting success stories of other artists serves as a motivational tool for new artists. Although, only five years old, the book is somewhat dated, especially in the section on social media.

Art/Work by Jonathan Melber

3. Art/Work - Revised & Updated: Everything You Need to Know
 (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career

AUTHOR: Jonathan Melber | PUBLISHER: Free Press

Written from the prospective of a gallery owner and an academic. The book could use more information for the artist who is seeking to sell their own work. Some of the information that was included in the original 2009 edition has not been updated.

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

4. Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

AUTHOR: Jeff Goins | PUBLISHER: Harper Collins

Primarily an anecdotal book of stories of artists who have succeeded. Most of such books ignore a fundamental reality: that some people are just not talented artists and never will be. Also, accomplished art may not resonate with their intended audience.

Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age by Jeff Goins

5. How to Sell Your Art Online: Live a Successful Creative Life on Your Own Terms (2016)


The book provides a good overview of the available social media opportunities. The author indicates that an artist can succeed with just their online sales. A few artists actually do, but they are the one who usually have invested many hours in developing the internet skills. Many artists do not have the interest or the time.

Making it in the Art World by Brainard Carey

6. Making It in the Art World: New Approaches to Galleries, Shows, and Raising Money (2011)

ARTIST: Brainard Carey | PUBLISHER: Allworth

TMaking it is a good overview of the art business. However, the book is already 8 years old, and the ideas are far from revolutionary. Much of what is expressed is how the art market should work, not how it really works.

Art Money and Success by Maria Brophy

7. Art Money & Success: A complete and easy-to-follow system for the artist who wasn't born with a business mind. (2017)

AUTHOR: Maria Brophy | PUBLISHER: Son of the Sea, Inc.

The book is written by the marketer-wife of an artist. As a marketer, the emphasis is on marketing, which the book supplies some important insights. For many artists, the best advice may to find the right marketer to marry.

I'd rather be in the studio by Alyson Stanfield

8. I'd Rather Be in the Studio:
 The Artist's No Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion  (2019)

AUTHOR: Alyson Stanfield | PUBLISHER: Pentas Press

A detailed book on marketing and self-promotion. She provides detailed practices to promote yourself and your art. Perhaps, the best advice is appreciate your collectors as people and just not art buyers.

The Artist's Guid: How to make a lving ding what you love by Jackie Battenfield

9. The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

AUTHOR: Jackie Battenfield | PUBLISHER: Da Capo Lifelong Books

The book provides some good practical advice with a bit of psychotherapy. A lengthy tome that might not appeal for the artist who is looking for some pithy advice. Not all readers are that patient.

To the artist in search of a gallery by rl Foster

10. To the Artist in Search of a Gallery (2014)

AUTHOR: RL Foster | PUBLISHER: Innovative Books

The book is devoted to the goal of gallery recruitment. The author notes that “following the rules” may work for a few traditional galleries, but for most galleries it might be the worst course .In may cases, the wrong way is often the most successful.

The Modern Artist Way by Bridgette Mayer

The Modern Artist's Way
by Bridgette Mayer

The Modern Artist's Way is the follow-up book to the Art Cure. Like the Art Cure, the book runs on three tracks: the artistic approach to doing business; its relationship to the art business, and the artist's own experiences both personal and business. The book is a comfortable and easy read (146 pages). The books shifts more into the artistic way of doing business and less about the art business.

Many of the case studies are from outside the art world, but the studies are relevant to anyone who wants to pursue a business career in an artistic manner. Those who read Art Cure will not find much new information, but rather a reaffirmation of the principles of her first book. The book is uplifting so reaffirmation is never a bad thing.