For Toronto’s Word on the Street, Andrea Wayne Von Koningslow (Bing and Chutney) and I sat at the CANSCAIP booth while two new young writers stood in front drawing people in. One was a “selfie” with two picture books. They seemed well enough written–I didn’t read the whole story–but perhaps suffered from too much text for the usual picture book demograph–something a traditional publisher likely wouldn’t touch.
She talked about author visits and selling rubber bands with “I love to read on it” while I silently cringed. I enjoy visiting schools and getting kids excited about reading and writing, granted no buttons or elastics to sell with this message on it. And I don’t mind autographing and selling books but find it difficult to push this too much.
This writer also pointed out that none of us linked our websites to direct sales. I love all bookstores, linking to one, especially a giant that other writers are in dispute with, seems problematic. Still do traditionally published writers market enough?
I’ll let you decide.