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Literary Agent Series: Financial Literacy for Authors Zoom Seminar, Saturday December 14, 2024
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Literary Agent Series: Financial Literacy for Authors Zoom Seminar, Saturday December 14, 2024

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Saturday, December 14th, 2024

2-Part Zoom Seminar

Live Seminar Via Zoom

Starts at 1PM EST/ 12PM CST/10AM PST

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

*A recording of this seminar will be made available to enrollees.

Led by industry-leading literary agent at Trident Media Group Mark Gottlieb.

Navigating the complex world of book publishing requires more than just literary talent—it demands financial savvy.

This specialized seminar is tailored to empower authors with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the business side of publishing. From advances and royalties to budgeting and marketing expenses, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of the financial aspects unique to the world of book publishing.

Course Takeaways:

Understanding Publishing Contracts: Decode the intricacies of publishing contracts, including advances, royalties, and subsidiary rights. Learn how to negotiate for the best possible financial terms.

Financial Planning for Authors: Master the art of financial planning tailored to the publishing industry. Create budgets that cover writing, editing, marketing, and promotion costs while maximizing your return on investment.

Royalty Management: Explore the various royalty models, track your book sales, and ensure you receive accurate and timely payments from publishers.

Marketing and Promotion Budgeting: Gain insights into allocating your budget effectively for book marketing and promotion. Learn how to make informed decisions to maximize book sales.

Taxation and Deductions: Navigate the tax implications of your author income, including deductions, self-employment taxes, and tax-efficient financial practices.

Financial Security: Plan for your financial future as an author, including strategies for savings, investments, retirement planning, and protecting your assets.

Proper Financial Practices: Understand the importance of proper financial behavior in the publishing industry, including dealing with agents, publishers, and self-publishing platforms.

Whether you're a debut author or a seasoned writer looking to enhance your financial literacy within the context of book publishing, this course provides the tools and knowledge to make informed decisions and build a sustainable career as a financially savvy author. Join us to take control of your financial future in the world of publishing.

Course disclaimer: This course is not hosted by a Certified Public Accountant and therefore is not intended as accounting advice.


“To find someone in the publishing world these days who possesses such style and grace…a throwback. Crown moldings and brass door knocker in a world of prefab housing.”

Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author

“He is professional, knowledgeable, and deeply cares about the careers of his clients. …I'm lucky to have Mark in my corner!”

Alan Hlad, USA Today bestselling author

“My writing career never would have advanced as fast or as far without Mark's help.” —James Breakwell, bestselling author

“He goes above and beyond his work expectations by cultivating caring relationships with his clients, always expressing empathy and patience. He is kind, supportive and knows what he's doing.”

Ruby Karp, author of Earth Hates Me


"I wanted to thank you for your time this weekend for the Hook and Query writing seminar. It's hard to know from reading articles alone what a query letter or pitch should look like." -Jed H., Workshop Student

"It was my absolute pleasure to meet you virtually on Saturday! Thank you for the wealth of detailed information and on-the-spot, yet carefully crafted critiques you shared with each of us— the experience is treasured, and invaluable." -Mica K., Workshop Student

"Saturday’s class opened my eyes to the mistakes of my query submissions, which boil down to two crucial elements: word count & comps. Soliciting a bloated manuscript with no comps outside of a couple of 20+ year-old movie references advertised a novice understanding of the publishing industry, making me a rightful candidate for the rejection pile." -William W., Workshop Student

"Thank you, Mark, for this wonderful workshop!" -Diane G., Workshop Student

“You gave me enough writing technique and marketing information to feel like I can get started with confidence. Thank you!” — Workshop Student

“Thank you for being so diligent, so focused and so professional in your approach to the class. I found the whole experience exceeded my most optimistic expectations.” — Workshop Student


This Workshop will meet via Zoom on Saturday, December 14th, 2024

Session 1 will be 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM EST

10-minute Break Between Sessions

Session 2 will be 1:55 PM – 3:00 PM EST

*Recordings of all sessions will be made available to everyone who enrolls.


You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.