First section update

Hi everyone,

An update from Ruthless Reciprocity land. I wanted to let you know a few things about the timeline for the book. It's taking me a lot longer to write than expected. Right now I'm about 3/5 through the first draft of the first section. That's all the nuts and bolt stuff: marketing, fundraising, PR, touring, etc.

What's great is that I've found a way to make the information digestible and fun. It's also going to be one of the longest sections of the book, so it's kind of a beast. Editing it is a long ass process and I want to get it through two more drafts before handing it over to my copy editor, editor and illustrator.

Any which way, this is where I'm at:

  • I'll release the first section in the late summer/ early fall of this year
  • The second section on Community Building will come out by early Spring 2017
  • The third section on The Future of the Field will land in Summer 2017

Ok, off to more writing. I appreciate all the support and consistent inquires into the writing process. It's hard, but it's the best.

Section 1

Hi everyone,

A quick update from the Ruthless Reciprocity desk. I've put myself on a firm schedule of writing each weekday and it's both amazing and hard. Right now I'm working through Section 1, which goes over all the nuts and bolts: marketing, fundraising, the grant system, identity building, etc.

This will be the longest section of the book and so I'm setting a deadline so I can super focus. As I write this I keep wondering things like "Do I really have to write why it's so important that every artist have website?". Then I remember what my workshops are like, where so many people feel completely lost in what to do first and how to even take a first step. I keep re-reading what I've written wondering if it would serve my 22 year old self. If the answer is yes, I feel like it's a good first draft.

In general I look forward to moving on to Section 2 on Community Building and Section 3 on The Future of the Field. Writing about press releases and why you should only use social media that you actually enjoy can seem monotonous and simplistic at times, but I have to remember that this section is to help a whole field of people who never got these resources in college. I learned ALL of this on my own, and so I write from that perspective, which I think cuts through a lot of the bullshit. More soon!