We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. But you know what? People do. I’m currently writing a book that does for money what 168 Hours did for time — looking at how people earn and spend it, now and in the past, and how we can all earn and spend it better. I’ll draw on data sets and interviews with people doing fascinating things to advance the idea that money is a tool to build the lives we want. Even small amounts of money (i.e., “you have more money than you think.”) Indeed, if money isn’t making us happy, it’s probably because we’re not earning and spending it right.
We have some working title ideas (“For What It’s Worth”) but just over 5 months from my manuscript deadline, I’m still not set. What are some words and phrases that leap to mind when you think about money? What kind of benefit statement would make a book leap off the shelf? I’ll be mulling this over during the holidays, but I’d certainly appreciate any ideas!