Show Your Work!

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 about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time “networking.” It’s not self-promotion, it’s self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

In chapters such as You Don’t Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user’s manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the “ecology of talent.” From broader life lessons about work (you can’t find your voice if you don’t use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it’s an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

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  • Rido Arbain
    Oct 12, 2016

    Rido Arbain

    Walaupun nggak seaktif dan semenarik Steal Like an Artist, tapi buku ini nggak kalah penting.Di sini, Austin Kleon membahas bagaimana cara membagi proses kreatif saat membuat karya untuk mendapat impresi dari calon penikmat karya. Bacaan yang relevan untuk dibaca semua pelaku kreatif y...

  • Arnold Saputra
    Oct 12, 2016

    Arnold Saputra

    Book that inspire you to share your work more often. it's not all about the finish product but, Austin teach us to make a documentation of the process creating the product.Post it daily and share. So other people can learn what you do and appreciate your product more. This book is easy...

  • Nguyên ngộ ngộ
    Sep 19, 2016

    Nguyên ngộ ngộ

    Ban đầu không ưa cái thể loại này vì cái tiêu đề hơi lố: PR BẢN THÂN. Thường thì bản thân không cần PR quảng cáo, nghĩ đơn giản là nếu có gì đó hay ho th?...

  • Annie
    Sep 8, 2016


    After reading this book, you'll want to get started on those projects you've been thinking about for so long. We might as well call that The Austin Kleon Effect. The same happened with Steal Like an Artist and so many of his blog posts.Inspiring and motivational with great design. Read...

  • Alex Linschoten
    Aug 13, 2016

    Alex Linschoten

    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 ...

  • Christine Zibas
    Aug 9, 2016

    Christine Zibas

    "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 ...

  • Athina
    Jul 29, 2016


    This is one of those books I'll read again and again. It contains so many helpful and motivational words that it makes me want to be better. Austin Kleon writes down his thoughts and quotes many other authors and artists, prompting us to follow our dreams and keep working on the things...

  • Loren
    May 8, 2016


    When I was younger, I thought that if I just wrote the perfect story, people would love, 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 doin...

  • Claire Handscombe
    Feb 27, 2016

    Claire Handscombe

    Just finished this great little book, packed with inspiration and helpful tips about sharing your creativity with the world. As with its companion book, Steal Like An Artist, I need to go back and read it, make notes, and implement its advice. ...

  • Cat
    Feb 4, 2016


    I will definitely be rereading this book. With a notebook beside me to make notes of the excellent advice. ...