Today I'm blogging about my least favorite subject - money.
Why I don't like to talk about Money
It's so cold, heartless, yet so necessary to pay the bills! I'd much rather dwell on the fun parts of writing and reading picture books - the words, the emotional pull, creating that really great cohesive story...
Yet, picture books are essentially a business of buying and selling goods, so money is an important consideration for both Writers and Readers alike.
For Writers: Making Money
Picture Book writers often hear, "don't quit your day job" when pursuing a career as an author. This is true, to an extent.
Very few writers make money off their books alone. Most have multiple streams of income, through
For Readers: Money Sense
I like to volunteer at my kids' school library, especially during Book Fair Week. Maybe it's a California thing, but every book and item sold at the fair is the listed price "+tax". It's that plus tax part that is so hard to get those children to understand! They see $10.99 and think they need $11 for the book, when really they need closer to $12.
I get it, though. How on earth can you figure out what 8.25% of $10.99 is?
I take $11 and add 10% (a much easier math problem).
Then I say to the bewildered buyers, "The price is $10.99, so you need about $12.10."
This way the kids are happy to get a little change back instead of upset because they didn't bring in enough money.
I know I'm overestimating, so if it's close, I tell them to see if they have enough. But they need to know $11 is not enough.
I've done this trick so much that when a store manager gave me a ten percent discount, she had to grab a calculator and I already knew the new price.
I started an idea yesterday and I really like it... so I'm going to keep doing it. Below are 5 blogs I visited as part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
And a link I found about how language evolves (ties to my post on Kids)
And the reason I'm blogging like crazy
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)