Friday, July 27, 2012

My new book is now on Blurb!

The cover of Post-Consumerism: Paintings, 2007 - 2010 by Tiffany Gholar

I just published my first book about my art!  Okay, so technically this is not my first art book.  The very first one I created dates back to 1986, Tiffany's Art Catalog.

scan of a notebook of my drawings when I was 7 or 8 years old

As you can see from the cover, my preferred medium at the time was fine point felt-tip markers.  Since then, I have written mostly fiction.  I even went to grad school to study fiction writing, though I dropped out after succumbing to a severe case of writer's block.

But my new book, Post-Consumerism, is not a work of fiction.  Nor is it just a catalog of art.  In addition to featuring large color photos of my work, my book also tells the story of how I decided to become an artist and what inspired me.  Drawing from my thesis paper, my blog posts, and old journal entries, it offers an autobiographical account of my life as an artist from 2007 until 2010.  It is 58 pages long.

I wanted to produce an art book because I thought it would be something that people who like my art would like to purchase. It costs less than all my original paintings except for the minis, and features all the paintings I made from 2007-2010 that were included in my solo show, as well as a few that weren't.  I tried to price it in a range that is pretty close to what museum shops and bookstores charge for their art books, while still making a profit. of $5 per copy.
I decided to self-publish this book because I already know from past experiece how hard it is to find a literary agent, get a publisher, and wait for the book to be published. It takes too long and there are too many gatekeepers in the way, and I've had enough of that. So this book, like my art career, was a DIY project.  Over the past few years, I wrote it, took all the pictures, and did the layout myself.  I did have it professionally edited by a good friend who majored in English and used to work for an encyclopedia company.  In exchange for my friend's expertise, I created a custom painting for her.

I plan to put out a series of art books every few years and have already started on the next one.  I also plan to write a book about The Doll Project when it's complete.  Hopefully this venture will be a success and all the time and effort I've put into this book will be worth it.

Here is a preview of the book:

Post-Consumerism is available in softcover, hardcover, and iPad ebook formats.  The ebook is $6.99, the softcover edition is $34, and the hardcover edition is $43. I will have a few copies for sale at my next open studio(/book signing) but if you can't wait or can't make it, order yours today. Save 20% when you purchase a copy before August 5th and enter the following coupon code at checkout: RMN20OFF.

When you get your hard copy, bring it to an open studio and I will sign it for you. :)

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