{Secret Library Podcast} Bari Tessler on the Price of Publishing a Book

Bari Tessler is all about shining the light on money, and books are no exception.

But first, a moment to celebrate! As we reach episode 52, we come back to the very first guest who ever came on the show, Bari Tessler. One year ago, I launched the Secret Library Podcast as Bari was preparing for the publication of her book, The Art of Money. Now, a year later, we’ve come back around and are talking to Bari again.

This time, we talk about what it takes financially to publish a book. Most would-be authors dream of making money right away from big book deals, but the reality is often different. With her usual generosity and candor, Bari shared the ins and outs of the book deal, the agreement she had with her co-writer, and what it took to get this book out in the world. This one is a must-listen.

Celebrate with us! Please do let us know what your favorite episode was this past year in the comments. It means so much to hear from you.

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Discussed in Episode 52 with Bari Tessler:

  • Money conversations around the book contract
  • Figuring out what phase of life and business you’re in when deciding to publish a book
  • Why Cheryl Strayed put over $50k on her credit card while writing Wild
  • The finances of working with a co-writer
  • Working with a street team to promote the book
  • The beauty of book selfies
  • How royalties work
  • How having a book out impacted the bottom line of her business
  • Tracking publication numbers and the advantages of a smaller press regarding reporting
  • The emotional experience of returns
  • The connundrum of Goodreads vs. Amazon
  • Pondering future books having had this one out for a year

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  • June 6, 2017 - 15:43

    My book’s first birthday! The 30 reasons I’m celebrating … - Bari Tessler - […] 14. Getting a crash course on the finances of writing a book. As a first-time author, I had a lot to learn! I needed to pay my co-writer, Angela Raines, take into account photo shoots and marketing costs, negotiate my advance, and on and on. Thank goodness for Body Check-Ins! (I go into the full story about the financials in this interview with Caroline Donahue.) […]ReplyCancel

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