12 Essential books for graphic designers, creative professionals, freelancers

by Fred Showker

Fred Showker's Publishing Update The most frequent questions we get on an ongoing basis are questions about management. More and more people are launching their own careers into the creative fields with little or no formal education. But to be a success, you have to know the rules. Arm yourself with these and you cannot go wrong :
* Inside the Business of Graphic Design: 60 Leaders Share Their Secrets of Success
* Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business
* Starting Your Career as a Freelance Illustrator or Graphic Designer
* The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating, and Budgeting
* Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines
* The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business
* How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul
* Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers
* The Designer's Guide To Marketing And Pricing
* 2012 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market
* Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators
* Start & Run a Graphic Design Business

Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers

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New Third Edition! Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers provides 40 essential forms and checklists -- all ready to copy and put to immediate use in any graphic design studio!
      Each form includes step-by-step instructions and can be used as is, or easily tailored to meet a specific business situation. This latest edition features brand-new forms for employment and lease agreements, as well as revised examples of letter of interest, estimate for client, preliminary budget and schedule report, purchase order, status report, contracts with illustrator/photographer/printer, nondisclosure agreements, copyright application, and much more.
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Graphic Artist's Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines

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For years, the Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing and Ethical Guidelines has been the industry bible for graphic designers and illustrators. This, the 13th edition, continues the tradition with new information, listings and pricing information based on surveys of working designers. It addresses legal rights and issues such as how copyright laws affect the income and work of graphic artists.
      It also provides tips on how to negotiate the best deals and how and what to charge for work, and includes sample contracts. For design and illustration professionals, there is no more comprehensive and informative resource.
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The Graphic Designer's Guide to Pricing, Estimating, and Budgeting

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This helpful guide provides startup and experienced design business owners with dozens of useful, creative methods for achieving profitability. Updated throughout with additional material on time management, expanded coverage of Web and multimedia pricing, and numerous new interviews with leading designers, this third edition is an invaluable industry guide focusing on these crucial aspects of running a graphic design business.
      A comprehensive guide to graphic design pricing procedures. Coverage includes how to set rates, deal with competitors' pricing, use different pricing methods, prepare estimates, draft proposals, establish and manage budgets, negotiate, and position the brand of the firm. Graphic designers will find the clearly written, practical advice indispensable to professional success.
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The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business

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The go-to guide for graphic designers who want to run their own shop and improve their bottom line.
      First published in 2001, The Creative Business Guide to Running a Graphic Design Business set long-needed standards as the first comprehensive management manual for the graphic design industry. Now brought up-to-date, it describes current, best-practice procedures for firms of all sizes operating in an industry that is both fast-evolving and increasingly competitive. 20 illustrations
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Inside the Business of Graphic Design: 60 Leaders Share Their Secrets of Success

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Share the insights of today's most legendary graphic designers as they speak about the best-kept secrets (and failures) of their business lives.
      Inside the Business of Graphic Design casts a precise and realistic light on the risks, requirements, and rewards of running a creative and successful design business. Six sections discuss the entire cycle of business ownership, including goal setting, finding the right management style, cooperating with employees, triggering growth, rethinking one's business in the face of major changes, and even whether to stay with the business or move on. Whether you dream of setting up a small studio, or whether you've been on your own for years, this provocative guide is an important source of success strategies for every graphics professional.
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