Writer Finances (Personal & Professional)

By Li Yun Alvarado

By Li Yun Alvarado

The Business of Being a Writer

Jane Friedman

$25.00 $23.00

A great primer on the business aspects of writing and publishing. Part Five "How Writers Make Money" goes into detail about the various ways writer earn and pay for their writing lives.

Estate Planning For Authors: Your Final Letter (and why you need to write it now)

M. Buchman

$9.99 $9.19

No one wants to think about estate planning and yet dying is one of life's few guarantees. As authors, it's important to think about how we'd like our literary legacy to live on after we're gone, and make it easy for our heirs to execute our wishes. This book is a good primer on what to consider when tackling the literary portion of your estate -- especially for self-published authors.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition: No Guilt. No Excuses. No Bs. Just a 6-Week Program That Works

Ramit Sethi

$15.95 $14.67

I believe that before you can get a handle on your professional finances, it is key to get a handle on your *personal* finances. This book was transformative for my family because the 6-week program was accessible and actionable. We made key changes based on Sethi's advice, and we finally wrapped our heads around our current financial circumstances, financial plans, and financial future. Getting our personal finances under control gave me the mental space to turn my attention to my writing and writing-related finances.

The Calling: 3 Fundamental Shifts to Stay True, Get Paid, and Do Good

Rha Goddess


I'm reading this one now, and haven't gotten to the "Get Paid" section, but so far I'm loving the methodical approach to tapping into my calling and having my financial future aligned with the good I want to do in the world. Will update this review when I'm done!

Real Artists Don't Starve: Timeless Strategies for Thriving in the New Creative Age

Jeff Goins

$16.99 $15.63

This book can inspire you to take a more entrepreneurial approach to your creative life. Full of stories of little-known and well-known creatives who did not starve.

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

Jen Sincero

$16.00 $14.72

Honorable mention: This one is all about money mindset and I found it useful when I first began being more intentional about the financial aspects of my writing life. It's a little more woo/manifesting though, so if that's not your thing you might want to pass.

Raising Financially Fit Kids (Revised)

Joline Godfrey


Honorable mention: Sometimes the best way to learn about something, is to figure out how to teach that thing to your kids. The first edition (though I can't seem to find it in the second edition), had the best definition of money I've ever read (I photocopied and posted this definition on my cork-board): "Money is a tool for achieving and maintaining independence. Saving is good; accumulation for its own sake is not. Spending is best done wisely and within one's means (though a bold purchase or investment may also be an act of wisdom); greed is not good. Giving generously is part of one's responsibility to the human family; shepherding wealth is an act of respect--to the past and the future. Money is an energy (not a commodity) that can be used for evil or for good."

Financially Ever After: The Couples' Guide to Managing Money

Jeff D. Opdyke


I didn't *love* this book as much as the others (borrow don't buy), but it was helpful to me early in our marriage, so I thought I'd mention. If you can get past this author's self described "crass" tone and the heteronormativity, this book lays out a useful: "10 questions every couple must ask," and offers no-nonsense advice on how to manage the complexities of finances between two people. I also appreciated the attention to the relationship between money, emotions, and values.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich (Second Edition): No Guilt. No Excuses. No B.S. Just a 6-Week Program That Works

Ramit Sethi


In case you prefer audio books -- this is how I "read" I Will Teach You to Be Rich.