Canadian Author? Save a Few Bucks!

by @AnnieDaylon 

shutterstock_110397353Are you a busy Canadian author looking to save a few dollars? Read on…

Recently, I came across a post about additional sources of income for Canadian Authors.*** It occurred to me that, with the loonie at a thirteen year low, Canadian authors might be not only seeking more revenue but also searching for ways to keep that revenue in their pockets. Here’s one possibility:

My husband, who teaches business strategies at BCIT, informed me that Canada Post has a Solutions for Small Business Program. Upon consulting the Google gods, I discovered that this program was free to join. Without knowing exactly how it could benefit me, I signed up and printed out my paper membership ID card.

The next day I set off for the post office to mail books (ten picture books and five novels) to winners of my two Goodreads Giveaways. I pulled my paper Solutions for Small Business ID from my wallet and asked if it would be of benefit.  Much to my delight, the clerk nodded and smiled.

How did the membership help? On the picture books, it did not help at all: they fit snugly into 8 X 10 manila envelopes and slid easily through the two centimetre wide mail slot. However, my ‘fat’ novels did not fit through that mail slot and had to be shipped as parcels. On those, I saved between two and three dollars… per book!

As promised, Canada Post delivered my ‘real’ card a few weeks later. I was surprised to discover that they sent me not just one copy, but five. I assume the reason behind that is that most small businesses have a few employees. (I’m sure I will use all five cards once I rocket to the top of Amazon lists and hire myself some staff. 🙂 )

I don’t know what other gems the Solutions for Small Business Program has in store for me, but it will be fun learning. Right now, I know that this program saves money on the cost of shipping.

A dollar saved is a dollar earned!

*** Additional $ources of Revenue for Canadian Authors  via  Indies Unlimited  written by Martin Crosbie, author of the amazing ” How I Sold 30 000 E-books on Amazon’s Kindle.”

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The Business of Writing: Selling and Serving

Reality Byte VIII: Selling and Serving

shutterstock_104551601In The Business of Writing, as in any business today, success is not about selling; it’s about serving. Authors have to understand and serve the needs of other authors and potential readers.

How do you, as a writer of fiction, do that? By offering value.

One way to provide value for other authors is to be a curator of information. Writers are always looking for tips on grammar, structure, editing, publishing, promoting, and they need the occasional word of encouragement. The data is out there in abundance, waiting to be shared on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Google+; the vehicle is yours to choose. You seek, select, post, comment, retweet, and encourage. Another way to provide value for other authors is to blog about your own experiences in writing. Eventually, if you so choose, you can compile your accumulated knowledge into tips books or writing guides.

Providing value for potential readers can be accomplished by offering up reviews of books or by sharing your favorite titles. You can also use your blog to write about your experiences, pastimes, and inspirations. These blog anecdotes can lead the way to your primary source of value for readers: the gift of your own writing, be it short story or novel. For your fiction is just that, a gift to be treasured, enjoyed, and shared. You are providing a service, not just hunting a sale.

There is a reason why, in all business today, the term ‘salesperson’ is being replaced with the term ‘service representative.’ Don’t try to sell. Strive to serve. And trust your karma.

My best to you,

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