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Need some tough love for evolving your creative business? Brutally Honest is the book for you!
Need some tough love for evolving your creative business? Brutally Honest is the book for you!
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A Small Bump in The Road

Posted by Emily Cohen (Creator)

Progress Update

To get right to it, the print schedule has, unfortunately, been delayed about one month. That said, the slightly refined goal is to begin shipping out books by mid-September. Look for the surveys to confirm your addresses to go out in mid-August. While I really had hoped that my Kickstarter project would be delivered on time, things happen. Rest assured, I’m doing my best to get Brutally Honest in your hands as soon as possible and believe it will be worth the wait.

But, the good news is that I decided to invest in Smythe sewn binding, so the book can lay flat and the binding last longer. I’m super excited about this added feature. Check out this in-progress photo showing the paper dummy, cover, and final color palette – I’m so very proud!


This spring I conducted talks and workshops for so many wonderful groups and am truly enjoying the opportunity to spread the love of being brutally honest in your creative business! Many thanks to the Graphic Artist Guild, HOW Live, Creative Roundtable, and the AIGA chapters in Washington DC, San Diego, Orange County, as well as Upstate New York for hosting me! I love the energetic conversations and enthusiasm generated! It feeds my soul.

Fall Speaking & Book Signings 

  • September 6 – AIGA Jacksonville 
  • September 18 – AIGA Maine 
  • September 26 – Type Directors Club (NYC)
  • September 27 – Sonos Space (South Norwalk, CT) 
  • October 17 – AIGA NY 
  • October 24 – RGD Design Thinkers Conference (Toronto, Canada) 
  • October 25 – Core77 Conference (Brooklyn, NY) 
  • November 13 – AIGA Miami

I will continually update you with new dates and venues throughout the next few weeks, as I’m in ongoing discussions with a variety of podcasts and other events!

Future Orders 

If you or your friends would like to still pre-order my book, you can do so on my website – place your order here

I'm just as excited as you are to get Brutally Honest in my hands! 

If you have any questions about your order or the book, please feel free to send me an email at

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    1. Emily Cohen Creator on

      Great questions about the e-book version. I’ll look into that and get back to you by end of this week.

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      David on

      When will ebook links be sent out?

    3. Mark Hartman

      Looking forward to reading your book so not bothered by the delay at all.