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.
Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer's Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book
Courtney Maum$16.95 $15.59
This whole book is full of wonderful and accessible information. Chapter III "Getting Paid" and Chapter V "Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Advances, but Were Too Afraid to Ask" both discuss important money issues.
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.
Rha Goddess$25.99 $23.91
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!
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.
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."
Jeff D. Opdyke$16.99
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
In case you prefer audio books -- this is how I "read" I Will Teach You to Be Rich.