Monday, February 9, 2009

BLUE MONDAY: The Business Side of Writing

Display belongs to Studium Education Resources. Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8 is a terrific classroom resource by Carol Baldwin.

Today I take a box of Blue to the UPS store because I messed up last week. I had two school visits in VA and failed to take enough books along. Yes, I sold more than expected. But I also failed to double check my order numbers and then allow for last minute orders on top of that.

Sometimes I feel foolish carrying way more books along than I need but it just doesn't pay to guestimate low!

This means I have to order more books from my publisher today too. Hmmm... with 3 school visits next week I should probably order two cases. I don't love the business part of my job. It's a gamble either way!

I absolutely couldn't do it without the help of my family. (Many thanks to hubby, Chuck and sister, Jeannie who helped me out last week!)

My sister Jeannie went along on my Friday visit. She wanted to observe but willingly let me put her to work handling book sales and keeping track of details. She also chauffered me around on the weekend and facilitated delivery of books to the school that I shorted.

That girl has got herself a head for business!


  1. Thanks Sis -- I truly enjoyed it all. Wish I were close enough to do it more often. Those students come up with amazing insights and questions.

  2. We enjoyed your visit so much! Your books arrived and are in the hands of their new owners! We are in the process of working on a project involving Blue and tear bottles. I preordered Comfort and we can't wait to read it!

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  4. Thanks, Mrs. Halterman. It was a pleasure to meet you. And thanks for preordering Comfort. My sales rank did plummet so someone else must have ordered also!

    I will blog about my J. Frank Hillyard visit soon!

  5. Jeannie, Yes, the kids were amazing, weren't they?! I need to think about those answers for future visits.