As many of my local friends and family know, I was looking into purchasing a number of paperbacks directly from the publisher, with the hope of saving you a dollar or two, but, unfortunately, due to upfront expenses (of paying for books and the postage from America), I won't be able to do this. So far, my total earnings for The Path Chosen is $0.00 (that's Australian dollars ;) ), and, as my precious husband has paid for my life -- and much of that for our 6 children -- for the past 24+ years, I won't be asking him to go into greater debt for me. I trust you will understand my dilemma, and forgive me for it. I apologise for any, and all, inconvenience this has/may cost you and your pocket. I also apologise for not being able to send out signed copies of TPC -- or any copies, for that matter. The best I can do re signing, is, if I don't know you in person, I can either send you a signed thank you in an email, or, when I do receive money for TPC, I could send you a postcard.
If circumstances change after I earn more than $0, I will let you know.
Again, I am sorry about this. xxx
A side-note concerning a writer's bank account:
A signed contract does not mean instant wealth. Neither does a published novel. A writer puts in many hours, every day, over many months/years to complete a novel and have it published, earning nothing for it as they go, and may not see a cent/penny for all their hard work until after a book is sold. If ever. (Passion drives us on -- or is that obsession? ;) )
Like most authors, I will receive a set percentage for each book sold at the RRP -- which, in my case (if I remember correctly), is 35% per novel sold - be that paperback or eBook. If my book does not earn money, I do not earn money. Following sales, the percentage I earn is tallied monthly, then I may see a cheque -- but only if my percentage rises above ten American dollars.
This is why we authors hope and pray you won't 'buy us' from sites that have stolen our work -- because your money goes to the thief, and not to the one who has spent much of their life putting those words on paper.
Noting this, I would like to add:
This is why we authors have to 'sell ourselves'. If we don't sell, we don't earn. It's that simple. This is why we plead with readers to share a link to our novel if you like us. This is why you will see messages on Facebook, and other such places, saying, "If you like 'my novel', please leave a review' -- if not, as you were... ;) " -- and other such things. Mind you, a writer's prime concern is not money. We do believe there is something in our story that will touch your heart somehow. We do want to connect with you that way. Our hearts touching yours. Well, that's what I want -- money or no money.
A writer digs deep into their heart to unleash the passion within. We sort through our hurts, our scars, our fondest moments and memories, our fears, our brokenness, and all that we are, and we usually don't do this just for entertainment purposes. A deep-rooted passion drives us to do so, even when we feel like a complete failure and dread your response. We then use our heart to create a new world, characters, settings, and circumstances, and set it before you in the form of written words, often trembling and doubting our abilities from start to finish and through all the editing and revealing moments. When you read us, you hold more than just a made-up story in your hands; you hold part of our souls. More than that, we, the author, are trusting you, our Reader-Friend, with our heart. We want our hearts to connect.
And just so you know, apart from wanting to unburden my husband's shoulders, and to bless our children, my concern isn't money. I don't write for money. It would be nice to receive it, to cover our needs and to bless others with it, and it would be good to have money in the bank to purchase novels and such things for Reader-Friends, but that's not the reason I write. And it's true to say passion drives me to write, yes, but I can do that without you looking. No, what's on my heart above all else when I dig deep into it and rummage through all my scars, fears, hopes, and so on, is you. You are the reason I write. And I do wish to connect my heart to yours through what I write.
Blessings to you, my friend. Peace to your soul, love to your heart, and joy to your world.
The Path Chosen
~ out now ~
Find it on Amazon, KOBO, iTunes/iBooks,
Barnes & Noble, Booktopia (Aus),
Angus & Robertson Bookworld (Aus)
or download ePub straight from the publisher
Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.