Tip of the day: Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend. It’s supposed to rain where I am. I plan on spending a lot of the weekend writing!
I need help!
In case you haven’t heard, we’ve been in a recession. A recession means less money for everyone, schools especially.
So, I’m getting e-mails quite often from teachers asking if I might donate a book or books for their classroom library.
Now, please understand – I love teachers! And I especially love that these caring teachers want great libraries of books in their classrooms, and want to include MY books in said libraries.
So I have said yes to these requests most of the time, because I feel like it’s something I should do.
But if I donate a book every week to a teacher or some other cause, and it’s a hardcover book at $16.00 that’s $832 in books! And for the record, let’s make sure everyone understands – that’s $832 out of my own pocket.
I mean, to me, that’s a lot of money! Money I need to be saving for my kids’ college tuition that is coming up in the not-so-distant future.
I hate that I may just have to start saying no. But I feel like saying yes has opened the floodgates and now I’m getting even more requests.
Yes, I want kids to read my books! But I also don’t want to be known as the author who is happy to give away books, because I can’t really build a career giving away books. Or can I? Do you think giving away 50+ books would help to sell many more books than that in the long run, because kids read one and then buy more later?
Would love to hear your thoughts on this! What do you think? Should I keep saying yes, or is it time to put my foot down?
~Lisa, Miss Crafting a Career