Arts and Numbers

bookArts & Numbers, Elaine’s first full-length non-fiction work for creative entrepreneurs grew out of the educational endeavors Elaine has pursued since 2007.  This work is for creative entrepreneurs… and anyone with a passion for something other than accounting and finance.

Arts & Numbers is not a financial guide that suggests financial matters should take center stage – Quite the opposite in fact. But just as a basic understanding of marketing, social media, public relations, and professionalism is essential to managing one’s personal brand, a basic understanding of finance is essential to ensuring the longevity of that brand.


A&N is accessible and useful, full of worksheets and practical assignments…  ~Art By The Hour
Ignoring financial matters is as crazy for creative entrepreneurs as it would be to ignore social media, and this book aims to provide just enough basic information on finance and financial matters for creative entrepreneurs to take ownership of their financial situations, thus insuring their long-term success, creative and otherwise.

Written in short story form with fictional anecdotes supporting the financial advice, Arts & Numbers promises to be an easy and useful read for creative entrepreneurs at any stage.


Resources From the Book

Enjoy these electronic files from the book to use as a starting point for your own personal and professional endeavors.

Reading Group Guide

There is something special about the creative community.  We thrive when we support each other, no matter how different our creative outlets may be.  If you are thinking of starting your own gathering of creative entrepreneurs, you may find this reading group guide helpful.  It lists probing discussion questions to use to foster conversations — sometimes difficult conversations — about the business and administrative side of our creativity.

A&N Reading Group Guide

You can always reach out to Elaine for support as well.  She can help suggest activities and resources, and she is always willing to Skype in for a group chat.  Contact Elaine for more information.


Want to Teach?

Interested in using Arts & Numbers in your class or workshop?  Great idea!  Elaine prepared a robust instructor’s guide complete with activities, additional readings, and discussion questions. Here’s a sample of the first two sessions:

A&N Example Instructor Guide

Contact Elaine for the full guide.


Want to Learn More?

Online Course: Portfolio Careers

Online Course: Portfolio Careers

A little practice makes perfect.  Check out the online workshops offered through Minerva Financial Arts to take your understanding of these topics to the next level. At Minerva Financial Arts, we care about artists and the community… A lot. All our courses are distinguished from others by Elaine’s hands-on, supportive approach to coaching you through the material. This course is meant to accompany your reading of Arts & Numbers and building your overall (successful) creative career.


Press Coverage

Not convinced? Check out the reviews and press coverage for A&N.


Bulk Rates

Discounted bulk pricing information for Arts & Numbers is available from Agate Publishing.  Contact Deirdre Kennedy, Marketing Coordinator, at Kennedy AT AgatePublishing DOT com for more information on purchasing copies to accompany your courses.



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