The other day I received an email from one of the writer’s groups I’m a member of with info about a young adult book event at a nearby Barnes & Noble. Seems they are having a big event at their store geared toward young adult readers and want authors to come in, sign, and sell their books. Cool, I have a young adult novel…with dragons. Everyone likes dragons.
So, I call the guy, leave a message, and wait for him to return my call. Which he did yesterday. After we got over the “No, it’s not self-published.” hurdle and the “No, you can’t order it from the publisher and return unsold copies.” hurdle, things were looking up. I have copies here which I could bring. They’d have a place for me to sit, sign books, and I wouldn’t even have to worry about the money because the books would be paid for upfront and B&N would send me a check. For 40%.
He was in the car, but took my book info and promised he’d get back with me real soon so we could start the paperwork and get everything in place. Awesome! I was going to be a featured author at a B&N event.
But then I got to thinking…40%??? Really? They were going to get 60% just for setting up a table, doing a bit of advertising, and what??? I got my calculator out and did some figuring…..
Since I’ve already paid the printing costs on my books, at 40%, I’d be getting about $1 a book. And B&N would be getting almost $10. Then I figured in a tank of gas, the two hour drive time, plus the two hours there, and I’m really in the hole. I’d have to sell a LOT of books to even come close to breaking even.
I emailed the guy, told him I wouldn’t be taking part, and why. I haven’t heard back yet and I really don’t expect to. But, my time and writing are worth more than that. I’m kind of sad because I’d really love to take part in a “big” event such as this, get my book out to new readers. But, I have to realize the true cost.
Sigh…I need chocolate.
** Just a short update… He never called back. Or emailed. Guess he didn’t like my reasoning.