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Writing a great book is so much easier when you know your bills will get paid. For many writers, the key to financial stability lies in having a variety of revenue streams. While you are working toward landing that next big advance, you need cash flow. If you freelance, or have considered it, you need plenty of clients and a few key systems in place. And you may be able to monetize your skills and resources in more ways than you realize, whether through different kinds of writing, teaching and coaching gigs, or various forms of moonlighting. This panel will discuss how authors can diversify their efforts in order to generate larger—and steadier—income.


Lisa Marie Basile (MFA, The New School) is an author and full-time freelancer based in NYC. She is the author of three globally released nonfiction mind/body/spirit books as well as a few books of poetry. Her work can be seen in The New York Times, Best American Experimental Writing, Best Small Fictions, Narratively, Self Magazine, Catapult, HuffPost, Healthline, and more. In addition to writing for lifestyle and health sites, Lisa writes about and advocates for chronic illness and foster youth awareness and leads writing workshops online. She is the founding editor of Luna Luna Magazine.  

Yanely Espinal was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and is one of the first in her family to graduate college. After two decades of school, she still can’t believe that she never had a class about making smart money decisions! Now, she’s on a mission to help young people learn about personal finance in a fun and engaging way. After completing Teach For America, Yanely paired her love for teaching with her passion for financial literacy, creating a unique YouTube channel for people to engage with topics like budgeting, managing credit, saving and investing for retirement and more. Yanely serves as the Director of Educational Outreach at Next Gen Personal Finance and is a member of CNBC’s Financial Wellness Advisory Council. 

Tim Herrera is the founder of Freelancing With Tim, a suite of educational resources designed to help journalists navigate the industry. He previously worked at The New York Times, where he helped launch then edited Smarter Living, the home for service journalism at the Times. Prior to that he lived in the nation’s capital working as a reporter and social media producer for The Washington Post, before which he was a reporter in New York at Newsday and amNewYork. He graduated from NYU with degrees in journalism and anthropology, and he lives in Manhattan with his platonic life partner and two cats, Strudel and Streets. 

Erin Lowry is the author of the three-part Broke Millennial series, including: Broke Millennial, Broke Millennial Takes On Investing and Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations. Erin’s been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and on CBS Sunday Morning, CNBC and The Rachael Ray Show. She has written for The New York Times, USA Today, and Bloomberg Opinion.