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.
I have a lot of author friends I’ve met online and through the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. (www.scbwi.org ) If you write children’s books, give this organization some serious consideration. It was at a regional SCBWI conference that I got my big break, meeting a New York editor who eventually bought my first book. I’m close enough with some of these authors that we exchange brochures. At the end of an author visit, I give the coordinator their brochures with my endorsement. My friends do the same for me. This has resulted in quite a few bookings over the years.
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