How To Get A 6 Figure Book Deal As A First Time Author


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This week’s episode kicks off a 2 part interview series for all you aspiring first time authors on how to get your book out in the world. We’ll be exploring this through the lens of traditional publishing as well going the self-publishing route. Our first guest, Kat Harris, walks us step by step through how she landed a traditional six figure publishing deal for her debut book, Sexless In The City.

Growing up, Kat was very aware that writing was not her strong suit. In fact, she nearly failed her college writing course and had a teacher tell her that she was not good at it. Years later, Kat ended up starting a blog, The Refined Woman, to have candid conversations about traditionally taboo topics. Similar to myself, Kat believes in the power of transparency and I love how specific she gets with the detailed breakdown of how she landed a two book deal for $160,000 as a first time author.

Listen in for Kat’s inspiring story of turning her weakness into her profession, how she negotiated a $10K offer into a six figure deal, and why you should never compromise on your pricing.

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Favorite Takeaways From This Episode:

  • Her story getting to running a successful photography business and starting a blog.
  • Why Kat thought it was important to create more empowering conversation for women.
  • Why she decided to be an author, and how she almost gave up on the idea.
  • The reason she felt compelled to strengthen her writing muscle.
  • “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect play”
  • 2 books that really transformed her writing.
  • “I am my own investor”
  • Why you need to be willing to be wrong.
  • The turning point in her career where she decided to actively pursue book deals.
  • What it is ACTUALLY like to write a book.
  • The blog post that guided her through the process.
  • What all of her book deal offers entailed and the difficulty of choosing the right one for her.
  • Books are immortal: Why you want to make sure your story leaves the legacy you want to be remembered for.
  • The mentality behind the quote that Kat's mentor lived by: “Never compromise on your pricing. Either do it full price or for free.”
  • The money breakdown of her launch.
  • Why you need to be an advocate for yourself, team, and message.


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