Ta Da! A Brand New Book!

the cover of Sketchbooks, by Lisa Sonora BeamSketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice

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This is a beautifully designed book formatted as a .pdf document that you can print out, and/or read on your computer, or on the kindle or ibooks app.

When you order, you are immediately sent a link to download onto whatever device you prefer.

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The Creative Entrepreneur book cover, Lisa Sonora Beam, author

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Idea Real, published by Quarry Books (2008).

Get The Creative Entrepreneur Book on Amazon.

This book, with full-color images on every page, is based on workshops I began teaching for creatives on how to put together projects and businesses.

There is no way I can separate having a healthy creative practice from having a healthy creative business (the creative practice is the foundation for everything!) so the book is really 50% inner work and 50% nitty-gritty business and strategic thinking.

The full color images show how I have approached solving problems (of both the business and personal sort) all of my life, by keeping detailed visual journals and sketchbooks.

This visual approach to problem-solving was something that kept me company during a difficult childhood, and then the main tool I used as a therapist when I worked in psychiatric hospitals with  teens and adults.

Over the past 25 years of facilitating workshops, I’ve kept evolving the tools of working with expressive writing and image-making, blending it with the best of psychotherapy, mindfulness practice, critical thinking and business strategy.

I really love the dance and interplay of all of these elements. Many creatives and artists think they are not good at business, or math, or some other thing that keeps them stuck. Just like so many people think they are not artistic or creative, these are mostly learned myths that can be evaporated with the lightest touch of creative practice using kindergarten art supplies.

For example, there is a whole chapter in the book that is all about the left brain/right brain characteristics, and how to use both effectively. Whatever task we’re attempting in our creative life or business, whether it’s brainstorming or editing or number-crunching, all we really need is the right tool for the job. Understanding the left/right brain characteristics helps with all that.

I’ve even gotten letters from people saying it helped them better understand their spouses! Opposites attract, right?

You’ll find lots of practical tools in The Creative Entrepreneur book, including journaling prompts, case studies, ways of working with image (especially if you don’t think you can draw or are not artistic), real-world, full-color examples of my student’s work to inspire you, plus a few of my own sketchbook pages demonstrating certain techniques.

The Creative Entrepreneur (link to Amazon) has been a best-seller on Amazon and won two Benjamin Franklin Independent Press Awards: Best Book in both Craft and Business.

If you get the book, I highly recommend the print version, as the Kindle and iBooks versions don’t do the beautiful layout justice. Like many visual books, The Creative Entrepreneur doesn’t translate well to Kindle or other ebook layouts, which I find disappointing.

If you do have The Creative Entrepreneur book, I’d love to hear your thoughts. How has it helped you to work visually with journal prompts? What new ideas did you take away? What else would you like to know about, that wasn’t in the book? You can leave a comment here, or email me.

Authors love to get emails about their books – don’t be shy!


19 Responses to Writing

  1. Katherine Middleton November 24, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    Too bad i just discovered you. Perhaps i can catch you in 2014

  2. Sharon January 29, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Hi! Very nice website! I signed up for the 30 days project, confirmed it was me in an email, recieved an email that I am confirmed and recieved an email ‘with important information’,
    which told me to contact you on your blog, but I cant find your blog( I am terrible with all that
    kind of thing). I didnt recieve anything for that day(the 27th) , then I recieved Day2, but have not recieved any thing since. Is it possible to recieve the 30 days program or no? If not maybe you
    could take the sign up off your site. I thought maybe I would be able to recieve Day 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 ? Let me know, it sounds like fun! Thank you very much for your time! I am looking forward to journaling!

  3. June Stone February 6, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Hello Lisa,
    Synchronicity brought me to your website and I’m delighted and yet deeply touched by your story …that illustrates your pain and your ongoing healing…we in South Africa salute you for all the wonderful work you are doing.
    For some reason I am not able to order 2 copies of your book The Creative Entrepeneur on Amazon online (not able to ship to either my home or postal address) Do you have other options available for us folk on the other side of the world?
    There is a lot of good work already happening in SA regarding Sexual Violation and I am keen to learn from you about how your artistic expression helps to provide a ‘voice’ to the silence experienced by so many women and men that were silenced in their formative years.
    Warm regards, June Stone, Johannesburg, South Africa

    • Lisa Sonora Beam February 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Hi June – so grateful for synchronicity that brings our kindred spirits together.

      I’m so sorry you weren’t able to get the books sent to SA – Amazon has been sold out of The Creative Entrepreneur – paper copy. The kindle version is not recommended – as all of the images are split up so badly, it’s hard to make sense of it presented that way.

      Let me think on ways to get you the book…

      Meanwhile, I do have lots of writing here on my site that you can enjoy – print out and share if you like, and a new book coming out this Fall about how I use visual memoir, sketchbooks, and expressive art for healing, discovery, problem-solving. The online workshops of course get you personally involved in the work, so that is an option, too.

      It is my dream to bring this work to South Africa – I actually have it written in my plan to teach there in early 2015 – so I am open to connecting with those who would like to help make that happen.

      • Sally March 5, 2014 at 10:03 am #

        Yes please come to SA!!!! Definitely Johannesburg.
        I can help with your plans.

        • Lisa Sonora Beam March 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

          @Sally – whenever people invite me to teach I say: I hope they realize who they are talking to… in a playful way. Because I am known for the habit of jumping on planes and going to the other side of the world when such invitations are offered. :)

          Sending you this note back via email. Thanks for the invite and offer to help organize!

          • Sally March 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

            ready when you are! xx

  4. Sam Tucker March 21, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    Lisa, I have been following your work since I discovered the Creative Entrepreneur in January 2009. It changed so much for me, and I have always deeply respected you and your work – so much so that I’ve given several copies of The Creative Entrepreneur as gifts to friends who would appreciate its transformative powers. The work I did with the Creative Entrepreneur planted the seeds for major positive change in my own business, so THANK YOU! And now today, I have just downloaded Sketchbooks, and I can feel it pulling me in with that magnetic pull of a kindred spirit. I am honored to be able to get an inside glimpse into your creative journey. I already know this too will transform me.

    • Lisa Sonora Beam March 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

      @Sam – how wonderful to hear from you again! It means so much to me that The Creative Entrepreneur has been of help to you – very much appreciate you sharing this with me, and for sharing the book with your friends. What an honor – the gifts of books are really the most meaningful to me.

      Hope you enjoy Sketchbooks – there is an invitation inside to email me with your thoughts about what the work stirs…do hope you’ll stay in touch.

      • Sam Tucker March 21, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

        Oh you know I’ll stay in touch! I am already so moved by what I’m reading.

  5. Kaitha Het Heru July 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Peace, Lisa. I just ordered your book from Amazon. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve enjoyed running my art business for many years. However, now I need a “fresh eye” to get my creative juices flowing, plus helping to bring in more collectors for my art. (I’m currently updating my website).

    • Lisa Sonora Beam July 13, 2014 at 1:10 am #

      Kaitha – wonderful! Here’s to flow…and more collectors!


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