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What are the options for a 23-year-old injured and out-of-work dancer who is over her head in credit card debt? In The Money Mentor: A Tale of Finding Financial Freedom, Tad Crawford (The Secret Life of Money), who has appeared on TV shows like The O'Reilly Report, explores the possibilities through his fictional protagonist, Iris. Her debt problems are common among young people seduced by credit card companies' unrelenting buy-now-pay-later temptations, he explains, in this unusual yet practical look at financial management. Agent, Jean V. Naggar.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Tad Crawford grew up in the artists' colony of Woodstock, New York. He is the author of many nonfiction books and his writing has appeared in venues such as Art in America, the Café Irreal, Confrontation, Communication Arts, Family Circle, Glamour, Guernica, the Nation, and Writer's Digest. The founder and publisher of Allworth Press, he lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581150857
  • ASIN: B00AK3TB7A
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,448,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allworth Press publisher and founder Tad Crawford is an author, attorney, and artists' rights advocate.

His most recent book is the novel A Floating Life ("strangely shimmering..." -Kirkus Review), which is published by Arcade Publishing.

Born in New York City, Crawford grew up in the artists colony of Woodstock, New York. Interested in writing both fiction and nonfiction, he majored in economics at Tufts College and graduated from Columbia Law School in February 1971. ("That explains the unusual amalgam of my activities," Crawford says. "A lot of legal skills are crucial for helping the artist and for running a publishing company. Of course, writing is an excellent background for publishing. So it's come together very well.")

Crawford clerked for a judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, then went to work for a small general law firm in New York City while writing and teaching writing and literature at the School of Visual Arts. Until he took the teaching assignment at the School of Visual Arts and learned of the need for materials to help artists understand their rights, he had not envisioned being an advocate of artists' rights.

"I found nothing in print to help artists deal with such legal matters as copyrights, contracts, income taxes, the 'hobby loss' problem, estate planning, or even how to get grants," recalls Crawford. And so, responding to what he saw as "an extreme need," he wrote a book dealing with those and other relevant issues, titling it Legal Guide for the Visual Artist and using it as a text for the "Law and the Visual Artist" course that he taught at the School of Visual Arts. Published in 1977, Legal Guide for the Visual Artist is now in its fourth edition and has one hundred thousand copies in print.

He followed this with The Writer's Legal Guide in 1978 (which has been updated and reissued with The Authors Guild as co-publisher and Kay Murray, the General Counsel for the Authors Guild, as co-author). With Arie Kopelman he wrote Selling Your Photography in 1980 and Selling Your Graphic Design and Illustration in 1981. At the same time Crawford served as Chairman of the Board for the Foundation for the Community of Artists, legislative counsel for the Copyright Justice Coalition (which had many arts groups as members), and general counsel for the Graphic Artists Guild. In 1982 Crawford was asked to help publish books for some of the organizations that he had represented as an attorney. In response, he became publisher of Madison Square Press, which issued annuals for such artists'organizations as the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Publication Designers, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Art Directors Club of Los Angeles.

In 1988 he decided to strike out in a new direction, "to create a press that would offer the kind of information that was more like what I had taught, written about, and lobbied for." Crawford saw the need for a publishing company that would provide practical information to creative professionals, such as artists, photographers, designers, and authors. He knew first hand the issues faced every day by such creative people and could envision a spectrum of books to help them survive and prosper professionally.

In the Fall of 1989, Crawford published Allworth Press's first book, a revised edition of his classic Legal Guide for the Visual Artist. Ten more titles followed in 1990, offering information about marketing, promotion, pricing, copyright, contracts, health and safety, and much more. The first edition of Business and Legal Forms for Photographers was published in 1991. "The information in these books,"Crawford says, "can make all the difference in terms of success and prosperity." Today Allworth Press has a backlist of more than 250 books, publishes 12-15 books annually, and employs a staff of six very talented people.

Crawford's last involvement as an active lobbyist was in 1986, and he's given up active practice of the law to devote his energies to his publishing and his writing. The full list of books that he has authored follows:

A Floating Life
AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design (editor)
The Artist-Gallery Partnership (with Susan Mellon)
Business and Legal Forms for Crafts
Business and Legal Forms for Fine Artists
Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck)
Business and Legal Forms for Illustrators
Business and Legal Forms for Interior Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck)
Business and Legal Forms for Industrial Designers (with Eva Doman Bruck and Carl W. Battle)
Business and Legal Forms for Photographers
Legal Guide for the Visual Artist
The Money Mentor
The Secret Life of Money
Selling Your Photography (with Arie Kopelman)
Selling Your Graphic Design and Illustration (with Arie Kopelman)
Starting Your Career as a Freelance Photographer
The Writer's Legal Guide (with Kay Murray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
THE MONEY MENTOR by Tad Crawford
This wonderful book is essential for anyone who has had consternation or outright difficulty managing their money. Even for those who are frugal and well organized, it gives extraordinary insights into societal and historical attitudes regarding money and debt. It puts money management into human terms. I alternately cringed (when recognizing my own patterns) and cheered, as the heroine began to pull herself out of the demoralizing trap of debt.
While the book is a fountain of information, there is also a real drama here. By humanizing the problem through the story of a young woman, Iris, plagued by debt and her aid at the hands of a wise and generous mentor, Saidah, it keeps us turning the pages. Instead of a dry lecture filled with advice, this story unfolds as a journey with all the pathos and uncertainty we can recognize in our own battles to balance the cares of earning a living with the real goal of contentment. It's a remarkable work with much more than sound guidance about money management. Filled with history, literature fables and a touch of Zen it is is fascinating and reassuring. We aren't the first generations to be torn apart by money mismanagement.
By the end all I could say is where can I find that mentor? And I want Saidah's telephone number. But I suspect that the author would reply that the mentor can be within us. She is always there in the gift of this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend this compelling story of a young woman's coming to terms with debt incurred by overuse of credit cards. Iris Cassidy is a contemporary "Everywoman" whose coming to awareness about her finances also involves a journey of self-discovery that has a profound spiritual dimension. This is a warm-hearted didactic tale, a novel with a message, of one woman's experiences of life, work and relationships, as she wrestles with her realization that she has been spending more than she earns, and resolves to free herself from the burden of debt. In her story, personal transformation occurs through growing self-awareness, with the help of a mentor. She comes to see that forming a viable spending plan for repaying her debts has to make room for what gives joy and makes life meaningful for her--in her case, dancing. This well-written book can give anyone -- young or old -- insight into how to find financial freedom through careful planning and openness to change. It entertains while it teaches, even includes helpful exercises at the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Taylor on January 30, 2014
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I was skeptical at first but won over by the good writing, and emotionally complex story. For a person having trouble with high-interest debt, this would be a great book to read. My full review here: [...]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claude Martinot on August 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I liked this book because the financial information is user-friendly and told as a story, which makes it easy to absorb. It is not dry as if coming from a text book. I found the information easy to apply to my life. It is a great resource book that I will keep by my side for a long time. One of the many important things that I remember from the book is that "I have to do what I love" and abundance will follow somehow. I liked the money exercises at the end of the book, because they are very clear to follow. I was so enthusiastic after reading the book that I started working on my numbers right away and collecting the information needed to help improve my finances. I have purchased the book several times already to give it as a gift to my friends. My thanks to the author.
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