I don't know about you, but I got some wonderful books for Christmas, including The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson and The Chicago Manual of Style. But one thing my parents had a hard time understanding was my insistence that they buy me only new books when it came to fiction.
About this time last year, Jill Williamson posted this article on my favorite blog, Go Teen Writers. Basically, it encouraged you to buy books new, to understand that the only way an author makes money is when you buy their books from book stores or places like Amazon or The Book Depository.
To understand this, let's take a brief look at how an author makes money. Let's say that for every copy of a book sold, the author gets 10%. That's quite nice. I think the normal cut is more like 7-8% for a new author. One of the books I want right now (The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson) is $11.76 in hardcover. So if the author got 10%, she'd get about $1.18 for every book sold. But then her agent takes their 15% of that, leaving the author only $1 for every new copy of her book that sells.
I don't know much about budgeting, but I know that in America, living on less than $25,000 is though. That means the author would have to sell 25,000 books (in hardcover) to stay afloat. Given that 15,000 hardcover books is a great number of hardcovers to sell, I think authors and use all the help they can get.
I don't buy a lot of books. (I use my local library.) I think I've bought three for myself, ever. But this year, I'm taking a Support and Author pledge. I'm going to buy a new book every other month of 2014. Six books might not sound like a lot to you, but trust me, on no allowance and no job, it is. I'll do an update post with the books I bought, so you guys can keep up.
I know I'll be buying Sixteen by Emily Rachelle, which comes out in eight days, but I also might buy Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielson, which doesn't come out until February.
I dare you to buy a book. You don't have to buy six, just buy one more this year than last year. Or buy a latest book from your favorite author, just be sure to buy it new.
What was the latest book you bought? Do you buy books? Are you sure to buy new, or had it never crossed your mind? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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