Teachers Pay Teachers is an online marketplace where many thousands of teachers sell work-related digital products to each other. You don’t have to be a teacher to join. And you don’t even need to have a product you want to sell. You may want to offer a digital product that teachers can download, for free, such as a study guide to your book. Since it’s a digital rather than a physical, printed document, there’s no extra expense for you (except a little time) to include a page about YOU and your author visits. Check out the video I made (link below) to walk you through the steps. Feel free to create an account at TPT so you can download my free product, and use it as a model for your own. Here’s a direct link to my Ten on the Sled Printable Activities.
Your product doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A simple text document created in MSWord will work, although a colorful cover may help, so — while you’re there — poke around TPT for free clipart you can use to “pretty-up” your document. In a future post, I’ll demonstrate how to create a pretty document in PowerPoint and/or Keynote (the Mac version of PowerPoint.) They’re both easy-to-use programs that allow you to quickly build simple but attractive documents, perfect for selling or giving away on Teachers Pay Teachers. (Because there’s no rule that you have to give away whatever you create. You may find yourself so intrigued with TPT that you’ll want to start selling products of your own.)
Now, have fun coming up with a collection of activities teachers can use with your book!
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