Bob Baker's Artist Empowerment Blog

Do It Yourself Books, Music, Media & More

The barriers to self-expression have quickly eroded away. Producing your own creative product -- be it a book, music CD, photograph, artwork, whatever -- and making it available to the masses used to be a daunting task.

Not any more. There are a growing number of places you can turn to breath life into your creative ideas. Here are two of them:

Ourmedia provides "free storage and free bandwidth for your videos, audio files, photos, text or software. Forever. No catches."

Lulu is the place to go if you're "looking to buy cool stuff from independent creators or to publish and sell your work." The site specializes in digital music downloads, print-on-demand books, e-books, audio books, calendars and images.

Of course, you still have to promote your creative offerings and find an audience (and help your audience find you) before you rack up sizeable sales and start your first fan club. But when it comes to producing your creation and making it accessible to the world, there are no longer any excuses to not get started.

Think big. Dream big. Get busy!


  • Really relevant topic for me, Bob! I did such a book, USING YOUR ART & THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE. It came out of personal issues I was dealing with in regards to September 11. One of the reporters called, asked how my bands were dealing with the attack on America.

    From talking with all my artists--including two who were pilots (Steve Morse and Mark Robertson from Cairo), I just started interviewing a variety of folks. After seeing how angry folks were getting here in the New York City area, I knew we needed to get artists to help comfort civilians. I included all kinds of tips I learned thru the years.

    And then I learned about the publishing process.... after almost four years the book's on sale at Amazon and via mail order... my website is

    By Blogger Anne Leighton, At 12:48 AM  

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