by Lisa Sonora

the cover of Sketchbooks, by Lisa Sonora Beam

Sketchbooks: My Personal Creative Practice

A memoir made up of journal entries, travelogues, and letters to a handful of a few people who really get my work.

This is a beautifully designed book formatted as a .pdf document that you can print out, and/or read on your computer, or on the kindle or ibooks app.

When you order, you are immediately sent a link to download onto whatever device you prefer.

Learn more about Sketchbooks …and purchase it here >>>

The Creative Entrepreneur book cover, Lisa Sonora Beam, author

The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Idea Real

published by Quarry Books (2008)

Get The Creative Entrepreneur Book on Amazon.

This book, with full-color images on every page, is based on workshops I began teaching for creatives on how to put together projects and businesses.

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Have you read one of my books?

Tell me how you used it, how it helped you, what you took away…

Authors love to get emails about their books – don’t be shy!
You can leave a comment, too. That’s just great!

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Crafting Calm by Maggie Oman Shannon - book cover

Crafting Calm: Projects and Practices for Creativity and Contemplation

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Cheryle Bannon October 25, 2018 - 7:44 pm

Hi Lisa, I am loving the creative Entrepreneur book. Would love access to some of the info that was on the old site…marketing resources etc that you mention but con no longer access. Thank you for this inspired information…it has helped me take the next steps that I really needed and fits the way my brain works.

Misty September 11, 2016 - 3:45 pm

Hi Lisa ~ Funny thing just happened… I discovered that you are in the book Paint Mojo so I think to myself… mmmmm? Did I read Lisa’s part yet? I open it up, look through the contents and see you are on page 100. I go to page 100 and see that my book mark is on page 99. The timing of it just made me smile. I will be reading your part tonight!! 🙂

Lisa Sonora September 13, 2016 - 2:28 pm

That is SO SO SO wonderful! xoxo

Adrienne January 4, 2015 - 10:30 pm

Hiya Lisa!

I’m still working my way through the Creative Entrepreneur – have gotten to the recipes and have just completed my first 7. Shared them with my 88 year old Mom and she’s tickled with them (She loves ALL the work I’ve done from the exercises and explorations out of the book! Me too!!)

Just registered for Magic Book 2015. I’m very much looking forward to this parallel track of exploration.

Having FUN! ANd loving the format…

Sending you my best in our new year!


Kaitha Het Heru July 12, 2014 - 8:22 pm

Peace, Lisa. I just ordered your book from Amazon. I’m looking forward to reading it. I’ve enjoyed running my art business for many years. However, now I need a “fresh eye” to get my creative juices flowing, plus helping to bring in more collectors for my art. (I’m currently updating my website).

Lisa Sonora Beam July 13, 2014 - 1:10 am

Kaitha – wonderful! Here’s to flow…and more collectors!

Sam Tucker March 21, 2014 - 8:36 am

Lisa, I have been following your work since I discovered the Creative Entrepreneur in January 2009. It changed so much for me, and I have always deeply respected you and your work – so much so that I’ve given several copies of The Creative Entrepreneur as gifts to friends who would appreciate its transformative powers. The work I did with the Creative Entrepreneur planted the seeds for major positive change in my own business, so THANK YOU! And now today, I have just downloaded Sketchbooks, and I can feel it pulling me in with that magnetic pull of a kindred spirit. I am honored to be able to get an inside glimpse into your creative journey. I already know this too will transform me.

Lisa Sonora Beam March 21, 2014 - 1:01 pm

@Sam – how wonderful to hear from you again! It means so much to me that The Creative Entrepreneur has been of help to you – very much appreciate you sharing this with me, and for sharing the book with your friends. What an honor – the gifts of books are really the most meaningful to me.

Hope you enjoy Sketchbooks – there is an invitation inside to email me with your thoughts about what the work stirs…do hope you’ll stay in touch.

Sam Tucker March 21, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Oh you know I’ll stay in touch! I am already so moved by what I’m reading.

June Stone February 6, 2014 - 2:39 am

Hello Lisa,
Synchronicity brought me to your website and I’m delighted and yet deeply touched by your story …that illustrates your pain and your ongoing healing…we in South Africa salute you for all the wonderful work you are doing.
For some reason I am not able to order 2 copies of your book The Creative Entrepeneur on Amazon online (not able to ship to either my home or postal address) Do you have other options available for us folk on the other side of the world?
There is a lot of good work already happening in SA regarding Sexual Violation and I am keen to learn from you about how your artistic expression helps to provide a ‘voice’ to the silence experienced by so many women and men that were silenced in their formative years.
Warm regards, June Stone, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lisa Sonora Beam February 6, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Hi June – so grateful for synchronicity that brings our kindred spirits together.

I’m so sorry you weren’t able to get the books sent to SA – Amazon has been sold out of The Creative Entrepreneur – paper copy. The kindle version is not recommended – as all of the images are split up so badly, it’s hard to make sense of it presented that way.

Let me think on ways to get you the book…

Meanwhile, I do have lots of writing here on my site that you can enjoy – print out and share if you like, and a new book coming out this Fall about how I use visual memoir, sketchbooks, and expressive art for healing, discovery, problem-solving. The online workshops of course get you personally involved in the work, so that is an option, too.

It is my dream to bring this work to South Africa – I actually have it written in my plan to teach there in early 2015 – so I am open to connecting with those who would like to help make that happen.

Sally March 5, 2014 - 10:03 am

Yes please come to SA!!!! Definitely Johannesburg.
I can help with your plans.

Lisa Sonora Beam March 6, 2014 - 8:27 pm

@Sally – whenever people invite me to teach I say: I hope they realize who they are talking to… in a playful way. Because I am known for the habit of jumping on planes and going to the other side of the world when such invitations are offered. 🙂

Sending you this note back via email. Thanks for the invite and offer to help organize!

Sally March 10, 2014 - 2:29 pm

ready when you are! xx

Susan Viljoen May 4, 2015 - 1:31 pm

So: 14 months on, is there anything in the offing?

Helen June 30, 2015 - 9:40 pm

what about
they are in england seem to ship all over the world

i checked (jun30-15 the book is on there)

Katherine Middleton November 24, 2013 - 8:21 am

Too bad i just discovered you. Perhaps i can catch you in 2014


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