I’m so excited that I will be speaking at the SxSW Interactive, Music and Film conferences in just under a week in Austin! If you are there, I would love to see you to talk about skills and strategies for building a creative business and life.
March 8: SxSW Film
2 pm Meet the Insiders: Funding and Special Organizations panel discussion with grant makers and nonprofit film service organizations
March 9: SxSW Interactive
11 am Navigating the New Handmade Economy panel discussion
with Rena Tom of Make Shift Society, Sharon Fain of Academy of Handmade, and Courtney Klossner, Digital Content Consultant
3:30 pm: Grow book signing
March 13: SxSW Music
3:30 pm: Grow book signing
5 pm: Your Data and Your Life workshop with Courtney Klossner
Are you hosting a talk, get together or event in Austin during SxSW? Please let me know - I’d love to link up!
As 2013 draws to a close I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has helped bring this project to life this year! Last year at this time I was wrapping up the Grow manuscript and getting it ready to send it off to the printers. Publishing an independent book is a community undertaking and it’s thanks to the strength of the DIY and creative entrepreneurship communities that this book exists!
Grow’s publisher, Microcosm Publishing, has been a fantastic partner for this project since the beginning, but it’s our community of readers and supporters that give books like Grow a life beyond its pages. Thanks to your support we launched a successful crowdfunding campaign with RocketHub to support a national tour of workshops, panel discussions and talks about creating sustainable creative businesses. We also sold out Grow’s first printing before the book was even officially released! So now thanks to you there are 15,000 copies of my little book in the world!
For me taking Grow on tour was a fantastic opportunity connect with creative entrepreneurs all over the country. I loved traveling to places like Omaha, Nebraska and Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I had never visited and returning to places that have a strong artistic community like Minneapolis, Minnesota and Portland, Oregon. I’ve been able to forge a community of new friends and a network of people who are dedicated to strengthening the handmade and creative business community, from putting together events like Handmade Omaha and shops that sell handmade goods and support local makers like Made: The Indie Emporium Shop and Tinderbox, to groups like the Academy of Handmade looking to build a platform to advocate and celebrate handmade business owners, to Craftcation and their blog Dear Handmade Life that bring together makers from all over.
I’m looking forward to keeping the momentum going 2014. On the docket are speaking engagements at SxSW interactive, music and film, as well as Craftcation and leading workshops at MICA and RISD. I’ll also be part of the LA Zine Fest and hope to be at the Brooklyn Zine Fest too. I’m also working on putting together a monthly meetup and hackathon for creative entrepreneurs, DIY business owners, and anyone else interested in the confluence of tech, creativity and entrepreneurship. More details very soon or take a moment to sign up for my email newsletter to be the first in the know! What are your plans for 2014? How will you keep your creative momentum in the new year?
Thanks again for a transformative 2013 everyone! Wishing you a very happy and healthy New Year!
Photos from Grow’s NYC launch event at Wix Lounge.
With the end of 2013 in sight I feel like it’s time to start assessing my accomplishments for the year. What has worked? What surprised me? What do I want to do differently next year? Has Grow been a success? The fact that it exists at all, that 15,000 copies are in print, and I held over 30 Grow-related events all around the country this year certainly feels like it, but beyond that how do I tell?
I was recently asked in an interview how I measure success. I think this is a great question because success is very personal, and yet we often look outside of ourselves or our projects to judge whether we have achieved it or not. I shared three strategies for measuring your success on the Dear Handmade Life blog. These strategies are especially useful when you are looking at a project or business that does not lend itself well to traditional measurement like profit or loss (though that’s important too!). Have a read and think about: what are you proud of for 2013? And what will success look like for you in 2014?