CAROLL MICHELS

Career Coach & Artist-Advocate

Recommended Artist Career and Art Business Books


How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist
Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul
How to Survive and Prosper as an artist book coverby Caroll Michels. New York: Henry Holt & Company, revised 2009
This updated and revised classic handbook puts to rest the popular myth of the starving artist. Michels shows those who would like to make a living from their art work how to navigate the often bewildering corridors of power that lead to success in the art world.




Publisher's price $20.00

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The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women 

A Portable Life Coach For Creative Women
Art and Fear book coverby Gail McMeekin. Conari Press, 2011

A wealth of advice, insights, and ideas for the specific challenges creative women face today: thinking too small, underestimating the need for change, fearing the future, and lacking self-confidence. McMeekin combines interviews with some of today's most successful women, including artists, and her own success strategies to help readers transcend their blocks -- showing what is possible when you follow your heart and honor your gifts. (Caroll Michels is featured in this book.)


Publishers' Price: $17.95

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Art and Fear
Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Art and Fear book coverby David Bayles and Ted Orland. Image Continuum Press, 2001

Explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way.





Publisher's price $12.95

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The Artist-Gallery Partnership
A Practical Guide to Consigning Art
The Artist-Gallery Partnership book coverby Tad Crawford and Susan Mello. New York: Allworth Press, revised 2008.

Provides guidelines for sound business negotiations and resolving disputes. Includes a chapter on consignment legislation, and the texts of the art consignment laws enacted in more than 31 states.




Publisher's price $19.95

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The Artist in the Office
How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week
The  Artist In The Officeby Summer Pierre. Perigee, The Penguin Group, 2010.

This charming and humorous book "isn’t about throwing over your day job. It’s about integrating the work you have to do with the work you want to do." The author tackles everything from money issues and the importance of patience during the creative process – to better organizing your time to countering the isolation of being an artist.



Publisher's price $13.95

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The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide
The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide book coverby Monona Rossol. New York: Allworth Press, revised 2001.

Everything you need to know about safe and unsafe art materials, and comply with the United States and Canadian right-to-know laws.






Publisher's price $24.95

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Artist Communities
A Directory of Residencies in the United States that Offer Time and Space For Creativity
Artist Communities book coverThe Alliance of Artists Communities. New York: Allworth Press, revised 2005.

Provides an in-depth profile of more than 95 artists' communities, with more than 350 programs for visual and performing artists, composers, and writers.





Publisher's price $24.95

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The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing
How to Find Funds and Write Foolproof Proposals for the Visual, Literary, and Performing Artist

Artist Communities book coverby Gigi Rosenberg. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010

Empowers artists with the tools they need to find and win funding. Includes time-tested strategies, anecdotes from dozens of funded artists, and tips from grants officers and fundraising specialists. Covers every aspect of writing a winning grant application including how to research funding, build a team of support, and overcome psychological roadblocks.

Publisher's price $16.99

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Becoming a Corporate Art Consultant:

The Handbook for Corporate Art Consultation

Artist  Communities book coverby Barbara Markoff. PFM Books, Morganville, NJ, 2010

Although written for art consultants and those who want to enter the field, this book provides good ideas on art marketing that will be helpful to artists. The chapter "Working with Artists" will also be of interest.




Publisher’s price $29.95

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Bridges in the Mind:

An Artist’s Handbook for Everyday Living

Artist  Communities book coverby Marianne Roccaforte. Benu Press, Hopkins, MN, 2010

Weaves in voices of successful writers, visual artists, musicians, actors, and dancers, and offers easy-to-practice techniques for such situations as transitioning from an absorbing session of art-making, communicating effectively in social and business settings, managing intense sensory and emotional experience, and sustaining a healthy and active creative life.


Publisher’s price $16.95

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Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists
downloadby Tad Crawford. New York: Allworth Press, revised 2014.

Contains ready-to-use forms with detailed instructions, including artist-gallery agreements, and contracts for sales, commissions, and limited editions. Includes a CD-ROM to print out the various forms.



Publisher's price $24.95

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Corporate Art Consulting
Corporate Art Consulting book coverby Susan Abbott. New York: Allworth Press, revised 1999.

Although directed at art consultants and gallery owners, artists will find much of the advice helpful, such as how to generate leads and reach decision makers in the corporate art field.


Publisher's price $34.95

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Licensing Art 101
Licensing Art 101
by Michael Woodward. Artnetwork, revised 2007

Guides readers step-by-step through the licensing and publishing industry. Contains ideas and practical examples of how to increase income through licensing reproduction rights to manufacturers and publishers of greeting cards, posters, calendars, and more. Learn about: negotiating fees, exhibiting in trade shows, protecting your rights, and more.


Publisher's price $19.95

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Legal Guide for the Visual Artist
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist book coverby Tad Crawford. New York: Allworth Press, revised 2010.

Covers copyright, contracts, sales, taxation, estate planning, and many other legal issues of importance to artists and their work. The new edition includes a discussion of new media and electronic rights.




Publisher's price $19.95

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Licensing Art & Design
Licensing Art and Design book coverby Caryn R. Leland. New York: Allworth Press, revised 1995.

Contains advice on how to license creative images with information on protecting ideas using copyrights, patents, and trademarks; maximizing royalties; finding manufacturers and distributors; and licensing in cyberspace. Includes a model licensing agreement.





Publisher's price $16.95

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Licensing Photography
Licensing Photography Book Coverby Richard Weisgrau and Victor S. Perlman. New York: Allworth Press, 2006.

Written by a photographer and intellectual property attorney. Provides advice on writing licensing agreements, prices the value of licenses, and how to successfully negotiate fees.




Publisher's price $19.95

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Guide to Getting Arts Grants
Guide to Getting Arts Grants book coverby Ellen Liberatori. New York: Allworth Press, 2006.

Provides artists (and arts groups) with information on facts and skills needed for grants applications in the arts, including formulating budgets, mastering the intricacies of the application process, online resources and application opportunities, insights into understanding the selection and review process, and more.

Publisher's price $19.95

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The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions
Public Art - Commissions Book Coverby Lynn Basa. New York: Allworth Press, 2008

Provides guidance on how to start and build a career in public art. Includes information on finding, applying for, competing for, and win a public art commission.





Publisher's price $19.95

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How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week

Excerpts from How to Survive & Prosper as an Artist

Contracts

"Beware of dealers who won't use contracts. Requesting someone to enter into a formal agreement does not imply that you are distrustful. It merely attests to the fact that being human lends itself to being misunderstood and misinterpreted. Contracts can help compensate for human frailties. Another important reason for using contracts is that it will save you a lot of time and energy in having to reinvent the wheel each time a situation arises that needs some sort of clarification."


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