Maker Pro: Essays on Making a Living as a Maker

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Maker Pro: Essays on Making a Living as a Maker


This summer I had the pleasure of recruiting a bunch of great Makers to participate in a book project called Maker Pro: Essays on Making a Living as a Maker, a collection of essays by and interviews of professional makers.

Some of the names you might have seen at Maker Faire or on the pages of this blog. All have an interesting voice and a perspective all their own. Where do they work? How do they overcome obstacles? What happens when they get that amazing order? You’ll get a bunch of different perspectives with a special emphasis on quitting one’s day job, which most of the contributors have done.

The book got its genesis out of a conversation I had with Alex Dyba, who runs GetLoFi, the granddaddy of circuit-bending websites, as well as Vend-a-Kit, a business of selling kits through vending machines. We talked about collaborating on a book about being a professional maker, and that discussion evolved into Maker Pro; Alex ended up writing one of the essays.

Another contributor, hardware hacker Andrew “bunnie” Huang wrote about navigating the supply chain in dealing with overseas factories. Bunnie’s essay Soylent Supply Chain is reprinted in its entirety on his blog–check it out!

Lastly, I wanted to thank Make friend and inspirational Maker Joey Hudy for writing the foreword.

» Looking for a last-minute gift? Order Maker Pro in paper and ebook from the Maker Shed.

1 thought on “Maker Pro: Essays on Making a Living as a Maker

  1. Mike Haord says:

    Thank you for the post. If you like, you can search for essay collection here

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