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The Successful Artist's Career Guide

Finding Your Way in the Business of Art

By Margaret Peot

Format: Paperback

SKU# Y0775

Art is one of the best parts of your life … are you ready to make it your living? Whether you are an art student, an aspiring artist or a longtime hobbyist, Margaret Peot offers experienced advice on practical ways to take that next step. Chapter by chapter, she'll help you map out a personalized route toward the creative life of your dreams.

  • Get real-world advice on everything from bidding for jobs and promoting yourself to filing taxes and getting health insurance.
  • Worksheets help you refine your goals, price your work with confidence, write an artist's statement and more.
  • Interviews with successful artists in a range of professions reveal how they "made it," complete with advice on how you can, too.
  • Index of useful organizations and additional reading provides further resources for would-be professional artists.


In a world where artists are stereotyped as struggling and starving, this upbeat, down-to-earth guide shows you how to live, so that the business of living doesn't halt your art-making. Embrace your passion and shape your daily life into a work of art!

Mary-BosticWhat Mary Burzlaff Bostic, Senior Content Developer for North Light Books, has to say:
Tired of feeling like a starving artist? Then this is the guide for you. Successful freelance artist Margaret Peot will help you define and achieve your art career goals. I love the hands-on worksheets and the interviews with a variety of artists and art professionals.

SKU Y0775
Additional Feature 125 Color Illustrations
Author/Speaker/Editor Margaret Peot
File/Trim Size 8''w x 8''h
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781440309304
Number Of Pages 224

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A guiding light for your career as an artist Review by Hal

If you're pursuing a full-time career as an artist, I highly recommend you pick up "The Successful Artist's Career Guide." Margaret knows the business of art, and this book gives you practical steps to making your dream a reality. The writing is top notch and the layout is fun and dynamic making the book easy to read. Definitely a piece of work that deserves a spot on your bookshelf!

(Posted on 4/8/2014)

a one of a kind book Review by DL in NYC

Not everyone --hardly anybody, really-- is going to make an art career doing gallery sales. Most of us creatively cobble together a life that makes sense and balances our art, health, family and sanity. Peot gives us a very down to earth view of what this means, what realistic expectations really are, and how satisfying it is to live the artists life once you get a clear view of the realities of art-making challenges and opportunities in our culture. The book includes solid advice that comes from working artists of all stripes and mediums who contributed interviews and ideas. I don't think there is anything quite like this on the market - worth reading if you are dedicated to keeping art-making a part of your life.

(Posted on 1/21/2014)

Meant for new graduates, not career changers Review by GM

Some good information here, but much of it is a waste of time. A kind of "What Color is Your Parachute" workbook for the artistic set, this over-designed book seems meant for first-career artists rather than mid-life career changers like me. Had that been made clear, I wouldn't have been so eager to buy it as part of the Building Your Art Business Starter Kit. As a former graphic designer transitioning into a fine art career, I find the excessive design elements both dated looking and distracting.

(Posted on 5/11/2013)

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