Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting your creative career, there’s always more to learn. From brushing up on your marketing skills or learning how to sell your art online, there’s no end to the business skills that can help you push your career further. Because, as we all know, it takes more than raw talent to make it as an artist. Ambition, tenacity, and the willingness to grow are just some of the characteristics that will help you build your career.
And while there are no shortage of articles online to help—including our own section of creative career advice—sometimes you just need to pick up a good book. Luckily, there are fantastic resources out there to help you with all aspects of the art business. From learning how to set prices to techniques on how to keep you inspired and productive, there are endless books to help your career survive, and thrive.
Ready to start building your library? Clear some room on the bookshelf for our list of 20 books every artist needs to own.
Looking for inspiration and encouragement?
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
Creative Confidence, Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists
Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Need business basics for your art career?
Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist
Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career
The Business of Being an Artist
Real Artists Don’t Starve
The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love
Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business
Art Money & Success
Want to improve your marketing and networking skills?
Show Your Work!
I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion
Art-Write: The Writing Guide for Visual Artists
Guerrilla Marketing for Artists
Wish you were better at selling your art?
How to Sell Art: A Systematic Approach to Creating Relationships with Collectors and Closing the Sale
How to Sell Your Art Online
Need help with finances and legal matters?
Arts & Numbers: A Financial Guide for Artists, Writers, Performers, and Other Members of the Creative Class
Don’t Panic: A Legal Guide (in plain English) for Small Businesses & Creative Professionals
Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists