Monday, 21 January 2013

Commercial Creatives: Book Giveaway!

Today we have not one but five books to give away (well, five copies of the same book)...

Commercial Creatives on the Kindle Fire

Commercial Creatives is a new book, aimed at anyone who wants to sell their art, craft or design work.  I was sent a copy on Kindle to review - currently, I'm only part way through it.  Up to now, I can tell you it is well worth reading.  You'll learn about different ways to sell, what a difference photography makes (and how to make the most of that difference, whatever your budget or lack thereof!) and why your choice of wording matters.

You'll learn a lot more, of course, but I really need to read the rest of the book to share that with you (I'll do a post all about it once I've finished reading!).

I'm still reading!

It's a book written by people who live and breathe creative selling - and it's clear they know their stuff - but it is also packed with interviews with people who add such a lot to the mix.  There's a really useful section on UK tax laws, but I think the rest of the book will be useful for anyone pretty much anywhere in the world.  Don't take my word for it - read some free chapters to get a feel of the book!

Mike and Anna, the authors, have kindly offered five copies of their book to me to give away.  The free books are in digital format, although you can buy it in paperback on Amazon.  You can also buy it for your Kindle (these links are to the UK Amazon pages).

The US Amazon page is here.

This giveaway is open to anyone, worldwide.  The prize is in digital format, so you'll be sent a link to download.  You can choose to have it in PDF or Kindle format.

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To be in with a chance of winning a copy, simply leave a message on this post, telling me why you'd like to win.

Pop back tomorrow for another giveaway! There are five giveaways in total this week.

37 comments:

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Sounds like a book I need! I need to sew and do crafts but what does one do with 7 quilts and the same amount plus some of bags and purses etc!? Sell them!!! Great giveaway!

CHRISTMAS PIE CRAFTS said...

This sounds a very helpful book, in particular the guidance on how photographs and the right words can help sell. Definitely a book for me - help in promotion and selling is always welcome.

Chrysalis said...

Hi Wendy - the book sounds just what I need. I've recently retired, and have converted Teddy Wares to a little business to make some cash, but am struggling to know where to start. It would be a welcome addition to the books I have on Kindle! Thanks for the chance to enter the comp. x

patchworkfairy said...

Definitely sounds interesting to read and would help with my would-be craft business! I love reading about crafting as much as making things! Thanks.

Twinkly Clare said...

I'm just about to take the plunge in the world of creative selling, and anything that can help is appreciated :)

Adaliza said...

This could be just what I need - sound advice would be VERY gratefully received.

grandparentsplus2 said...

Small crafters always need more info in order to be successful in marketing their works. Thanks for the opportunity to win this valuable book.

Blackwillow Boho said...

What a fabulous chance to get some extra ideas in order to successfully sell. I'm looking forward to browsing the free chapters a little later.

knitnrun4sanity said...

Wow - sounds amazing. I am really trying to work up the confidence to start selling my jewellery so any information and help is very useful. I am reading everything I can but a recommendation from you would probably be better than anything I could find myself!(it certainly sounds amazing so far!) I am off to download the trial now....

Shmum said...

Would love to win this - have big crafty ideas and need some help, how to achieve them! Sharon

Ali said...

Sounds just the ticket for crafter`s. I'd love to win it for idea`s in selling and promotion.
Ali x

Sarah - The Lilac Dragonfly said...

I have decided that 2013 will the the year of The Dragonfly - this book may just help it take flight! Xx

Simmi said...

Ohhh I would love to win this book as I have heard great reviews of it and I could do with looking at things from a new perspective as I'm now working for myself full time, which is a big leap of faith and I'd REALLY like it to pay off!

threads 'n' shreds said...

Sounds like a great read! And I could really do with a helping hand!! I work full time but every spare moment i concentrate on crafting,doing the things i love most but so far with no success, so any advice would be a bonus!

Claire Cooper said...

I really would love to be able to sell my work. one day I hope to be able to make it a feasible source of income.

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Angela said...

I am just starting to think about selling my crafts and this book might be just what I need to help me get started. Thank you for the opportunity of a chance of winning. Angela.

Rebekah said...

Hi Wendy, thanks so much for the chance to win this book. I'd love a copy - as you know I've been doing the rounds at the craft markets and really feel like doing this full time is no longer just a pie in the sky dream. I'd love some pointers from other creative folk on what I can do *right now* to build a craft business that can grown and be successful in the future. Good luck to everyone that has entered xox

Ailsa Cordner said...

Sounds just like something I need to read. I am selling my jewellery online and having some success but I would love to get some tips on how to improve to make things more successful with the aim to one day quit the day job!!

Free Spirit Designs said...

ooooh i'd love to win this!! There is so much to learn about selling handmade online....

Pam said...

This sounds really useful and good timing as I am just starting to build up my crafting business - and can use all the help I can get! Thanks for offering these giveaways.

Clare Lewis said...

This book sounds great I need something to steer me in the right direction with my business and take me forward.

Kerrie Venner said...

I'm teetering on the brink! Wondering if my photography is any good; if what I make will be liked enough by anyone to buy; worried that no-one would read my blog or visit my (nearly) website. I love Craftseller magazine..and try not to make every single project under the sun. Trying to focus on what I do well. This book might just give me that much needed push!

Anonymous said...

oh wow , sounds like a book I need ! I have been putting off selling my things for a while as not sure what web site etc would be best or where to start, I have done one craft fair, which was ok, but it's a lot of work ,just for the 50p gang to mooch around for something to do on a sunday morning !

Thanks Helen

Stephen @ Soy of the North said...

No matter what you've discovered in selling, there is always more to learn. This book would be a great help.

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

Hopefully, this book would help me to take Elsie May and Bertha to the next level. Especially help with promoting my products.

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LesleyW said...

This sounds like just the book I need to get my crafting business started. I can barely get in to my room - not because of mess but because of all the finished projects taking up space - there are only so many presents I can give! I either need to start selling, or give up (and that's not an option!)

Jennifer Long said...

I think that this book is just what I need,I find marketing and selling are the most difficult things to do!

Kate@ Gilbert and Stone said...

Sounds like a really worthwhile read!

MornieG said...

It's the classic problem, it's very easy to make it and sooooo hard to promote and sell it. Need serious SEO and photography lessons for both myself and my partner www.bodrighywood.co.uk ( we can share LOL ) as he is now a full time Atrisan since redundancy hit.
Regards,

Mo.MornieG Jewellery

kazbar02 said...

I have been running my craft shops, cauknit via Folksy and oothatsnice on Etsy for a while now and I love to create, knitting, sewing, designing. However this is the easy part, getting people to invest and enthuse about your items is a 100% harder. Despite doing promotion via all the sites available still makes it difficult to move items. Your book would be a godsend and provide much needed info.

~Donna~ said...

I am wanting to start up an etsy shop and don't have any idea where to start or what I am in for. I do know I need to do much more than just list them on a shop. This book will give me the help I need in navigating the process. I'm very glad that this book was written, I have been waiting anxiously for it to be released!!

Margo Price said...

I put my heart and soul into my glasswork and machine embroidery but find it difficult to persuade others of their worth. Perhaps a book like this would help me to see my work from the perspective of potential customers and help me package it in a way that is most attractive and desirable.

Julie said...

I need this book to get me started selling. I am at the beginning stage and need all the info I can get.

Cazzyline said...

I crochet (lots) and sew (a little) and have made some commissions for friends of friends - isn't that how we all get started - and now I want to take the next step. But there is so much information floating around out there that I don't know where to start! I think this book might help me get a handle on things and battle the overwhelm. I especially like that it has a UK slant to it. We need more of that!