Press: How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass

How to Be an Artist Without Losing Your Mind, Your Shirt, or Your Creative Compass: A Practical Guide is published by W.W.Norton (May, 2016)

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Book Events

Salon/Saloon Book Event, June 3, 2017, 3 pm
San Francisco, CA 94114

Tall Tales Book Club, April 27, 2017, 7 pm
San Jose, CA 94114

Dog-Eared Books, March 19, 2017, 3 pm
489 Castro StreetSan Francisco, CA 94114

Bookmine Bookstore, February 11, 2017, 2 pm
964 Pearl Street, Napa, CA 94559

Berkeley Public Library, November 5, 2016, 2 pm
2090 Kittredge Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley  October 12, 2016
616 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

West Coast Songwriters Conference
, Saturday, Sept 24, 2016
Fort Mason, 1 Franklin Street, San Francisco CA 94123

Bread and Books Festival, Saturday, Sept 10, 2016
601 Alhambra, McKinley Park, Sacramento, CA 94123

Artists in Action
, 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 20, 2016
12000 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Burlingame Public Library, 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2016
480 Primrose Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010

Books Inc. Bookstore, Burlingame, 7:00 p.m. May 10, 2016
1375 Burlingame Ave, Burlingame, CA 94010


Big Fish Media, Herb Schaffner


Amazon Top 100 List

Ranked in top 1% of titles overall of Amazon’s 2.5 million book titles
Top 100 in Creativity/Self-Help, Top 100 in Business/Money/Careers

CBS TV’s Bay Area Focus

On the CBS-TV set in San Francisco with Michelle Griego

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CBS-TV’s Good Day Sacramento

Good Day Sacramento with Ken Rudolph & Marianne McClary

The Huffington Post

The Book Doctors interview on Huff Po:
“JoAnneh Nagler on Poor Artists Monetizing, Dostoyevsky and How to Get Published”

LiveStrong Magazine

“How to Be More Creative in 9 Easy Steps” by Emily Shetler

Library Journal

Reviewed by Jane Scott, University of Portland, OR
“Written for every musician, painter, writer, photographer, or designer who wants to find the space, time, and will to do their art, Nagler’s book provides the practical steps to creating a life that prioritizes the making of art. This is not a book focused on managing an artistic career; it is about managing a life that has an intentional space for creating art…Nagler’s practical, disciplined, no-nonsense words are those of the experienced artist and life coach providing motivational inspiration and astute counsel.”

Good Reads

Book reviews

Quartz Magazine

“Money Madness” article by Jordan Rosenfeld

ArtNet News

“Art Books our Editors are Reading this Fall”

WanderLearn Podcast: Interview with Francis Tapon

BlogHer Featured Author

Artists:  Vision, Faith and Courage

Does Art Mirror Life?
The Magic Pixie Dust of Perserverance
Art is the Path of Love; Not the Path of Duty
The B.S. of ‘Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow’

The Book Doctors

Nationally known authors David Henry Sterry and Arielle Ekstudt, aka, The Book Doctors, interview me on money, artistry, getting published, and more.

The Skinny Artist

Having the Courage to Live a More Creative Life

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The Creative High Podcast

With Filmmaker Adriana Marchione

Seattle’s East Side Art Beat with Pat Pauley

Interview with Pat Pauley of East Side Art Beat/Alternative Talk Seattle KKNW 1150 10/18/16

ARTbeat Northwest

Light/Space/Time Artist’s Blog

How to Be an Artist Without Totally Losing It

Women Entrepreneurs ‘Secrets of Success’

Interview with Deb Bailey, host of Women Entrepreneurs ‘Secrets of Success’ Show

National and Regional Radio

KCBS-Radio San Francisco
KMVQ-FM Live 105 Radio San Francisco
99.7 NOW! TuneIn Radio San Francisco
KLLC-FM ALICE 97.3 Radio CBS San Francisco
Women Entrepreneurs Radio with host Deborah Bailey
KKNW 1150 Seattle East Side Art Beat wih Pat Pauley

Praise for the Book

I am in the midst of my 40th year as a professional theater artist, and reading Nagler’s book was like listening to the advice of a trusted friend who lovingly whispers in your ear and reminds you how challenging and rewarding the life of an artist can be. This is a joyful read.
–Sam Woodhouse, Artistic Director, The San Diego Repertory Theater

JoAnneh Nagler’s significant and on-point manual embraces the often counterintuitive notion that the heart’s “call to create” can joyfully be nourished without sacrificing relationships, physical well-being or the entirety of one’s soul. It’s breathtaking that she celebrates discipline along with inspiration. Bravo!

–Peter Rubinstein, Director of Jewish Community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, 92nd Street Y, New York City

Trying to live as an artist in the United States is like trying to be a glassblower in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It can be done, but you need good equilibrium and a fireproof boat. Thanks to JoAnneh, I’m no longer afraid of capsizing or burning out. I’m ready to blow life into something molten and luminous.
–Marcus Ewert, Children’s Book Author of Mummy Cat and 10,000 Dresses

Do you dream of living a creative life but can’t find the path to get there? Then buy this book! It’s the absolute answer to your dreams.
–Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, Authors of The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It and Market It…Successfully

JoAnneh Nagler offers those longing to support their lives through their art the principles and practices for freeing their minds and wholeheartedly devoting their energies to delivering their gifts to the world.
–Michael Bernard Beckwith, Author of Life Visioning and Spiritual Liberation

Whether your challenge is time, money, the distraction of social media, or, like Nagler, a multitude of talents that demand attention and artistic expression, this book will gently guide you back on track to the expression of your true purpose…Nagler gives simple advice with charm and good humor. A great primer for anyone walking the creative path.
–Pat B. Allen, Author of Art is a Way of Knowing

As a working artist for over 25 years, I have to admit that this book called my attention to some unproductive habits I have developed. It made me consider, “What do I truly want in my life?” JoAnneh Nagler lovingly provides motivating guidance and practical methods to create or tune up a life-long, authentic, sustainable and joyful artistic practice.
–Beth Grossman, Visual and Participatory Performance Artist

Praise for Speaking Events

In this fascinating lecture by author, artist, and entrepreneur JoAnneh Nagler, she addressed the challenges faced by those trying to answer the call of their artistic selves while balancing the needs of their day-to-day lives and jobs.  Nagler discussed scheduling time for one’s art, tips for creating artistic work ethics, easily addressing one’s money, and identifying positively as an artist first and foremost.  The program was extremely positive, and among the comments was one from a young man who said, “The program perfect for what I needed to hear.”
–Anh Vu Doan, Director, Berkeley Public Library Speaker Series, Berkeley Public Library, CA