Real Artists Don’t Starve is Now Available

Today, my new book Real Artists Don't Starve hits bookstores everywhere. Which means today is your last day to get some amazing bonuses when you order the book.

Real Artists Don't Starve is Here

Here's where you can order the book (in convenient, alphabetical order):

I'm doing a happy dance right now (well, more like a happy bounce-in-my-chair), because I spent over a year researching this book and another 11 months writing it. Today is the day that book gets to see the world. That feels pretty good.

With historical examples and contemporary case studies, this book will help you:

  1. Debunk the myth of the Starving Artist and believe a better story.
  2. Harness your creativity as a weapon to help you overcome your creative battles.
  3. Thrive in your creative passions so that you can make a living off your “art.”

To all of you — and there were thousands — who supported RADS by pre-ordering it, thank you! Your copies should be arriving in the mail soon (maybe even today). (Note: Some books may not ship internationally until later in the year, but eBooks and digital audiobooks are available now.)


It's not too late…

Last day to get bonuses

For those who missed the pre-order bonuses (and there were some snazzy ones), today is the LAST DAY to order the book and get these bonuses worth over $100. Here they are again:

  • BONUS #1: Two Real Artists Don't Starve workbooks customized for artists and writers
  • BONUS #2: Access to a private 7-week book study with Jeff live on video
  • BONUS #3: Exclusive discount on 12-part video course

After today, these bonuses go away. You'll actually have to buy them separately instead of getting them included with the book. So don't miss that. You have until midnight to get the book and grab those bonuses. You can pick up the book in any format from any retailer.

All you need to do is:

  1. Buy the book in any format (yes, any format, anywhere).
  2. Forward your receipt to
  3. Check your email to receive the bonuses.

That's it!

Order the book right here, right now.

But is this book for me?

Buying a book is a big time commitment. I get that. If you're not sure if this is for you, here is what some people smarter than me have to say about it:

Dan Pink“Jeff Goins doesn’t just show us how to be more creative. He also reveals a path for turning our art into business and our business into art. Every entrepreneur, writer, and artist should read this book and take notes.”

–Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human

“Jeff Goins is back with his most powerful book yet. Every page offers insight, hope, and practical advice for anyone who wants to make their dent in the universe.”

–Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

“Jeff Goins has established himself as a fresh and dynamic voice inspir­ing us to get out of our own way and produce our best work. Real Artists Don't Starve is the work of angels: a book every aspiring writer, artist, and creative must read.”  

–Steven Pressfield, bestselling author of The War of Art

“Anyone trying to make a living from their creative work will find much to steal here.”

–Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist

“Goins dispels the myth that being a creative is some illusive, mysterious dimension reserved for a chosen few. Instead, he reminds us that being an artist is a job that any motivated person can do with a strategic focus on inspiration­-gathering, collaboration, risk-­taking, discipline, and market­ing.”

–Lisa Congdon, artist and author of Art Inc


I've received a few questions about the book that I want answer here:

“Did you write this whole book yourself?”

Well, nobody actually asked this, but yes, yes I did. Actually, I did get some great help from a few people on the editing side of things, which I share in the Acknowledgements.

Is there an audiobook?

Sure is. And it's read by someone (not me) who's voice doesn't crack every other word. He did a good job. You can order the audiobook on Audible. If you're not a member, you'll get the book for free if you sign up through my special affiliate link by clicking here.

“I'm not an artist. Is this book for me?”

Well, first of all, I think we all have creative gifts to share with the world. Which, in a sense, makes us all artists. I wrote this book for anyone who fits that description — including visual artists, writers, speakers, creative entrepreneurs, photographers, bakers, crafters, calligraphers, culinary artists, and so many others. This isn't a book for everyone, but it certainly is a book for anyone who wants to be more creative and use that creativity to make a living.

“Are you saying that if I'm starving, them I'm not a real artist? Isn't that offensive?”

The argument of the book is that you don't have to starve. Starving as an artist is a choice, not a necessary condition of doing creative work. I consider the title a dare. It's saying, “Are you a real artist? Then DON'T STARVE!”

“Aren't you just highlighting the success stories?”

The research I did consisted of reading hundreds of biographies of artists, authors, and entrepreneurs, and then comparing what I found to hundreds of interviews I conducted with groups of both successful creatives and unsuccessful ones.

In the book, I lay out the 12 lessons I learned from this research. When followed, these strategies help creative people succeed. When ignored, you're leaving your fate up to chance. I don't think most creative success is a matter of luck, and in this book I attempt to prove that. Whether or not I do that successfully is up for you to decide.

Can I order the book for my team or organization? Can I give it to friends?

Yes, you absolutely can. If you order 3 or more copies, you'll get additional bonuses. If you do that today, they can get the bonuses as well. For more about bulk orders, fill out this form.

Order the book today!

Don't forget: If you buy the book today and forward your email receipt to, you can claim $216 in bonuses. Thanks!

Do you know a starving artist who you want to see thrive? Why are you excited about this book? Share in the comments.

Photo credit: Paul Turner