Ordered Some Books

One of the myths that lurks out there in the world of readers is that authors don’t have to pay for copies of their own books. While it is true that authors typically get some free books from the publisher (how many is delineated in the contract), they must pay for the rest. Often the contract also includes a discount rate at which the author can get books from the publisher.

I placed an order today for 80 copies of Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator. I already have some readings/signings set up in libraries. The librarians I’ve talked to have said I should bring some books to sell — or I could try to arrange to have a bookstore partner. I think I’ll try it both ways and see what works best. I know my friends who are authors say that it is always a good idea to have some books on hand — generally in the trunk of the car.

The manager of Oz, the children’s section at Lemuria, called today to ask how many books I thought she would need to order for my signing. That’s a hard question. We settled on 60 (though I did tell her that I’ll have a stash in the car). I know I’ve been to signings where I was among only a handful of people to show up. I’m going to be sending invitations to everyone I know (and I’ve lived in this city for 17 years and in this state for 27) so I am expecting a few folks to show up. I’ll keep you posted.

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