Monday, January 16, 2012

Support Your Local Author!

I know that in a lot of my posts, I give you the latest coupon codes for Lulu.com. Trust me, I know as well as anyone here that times are tough financially, and that if you are looking to buy a copy of my books, you may find better deals on Amazon or other book sites. That is why I try to go the extra mile so you will hopefully decide to buy directly from the source instead of going elsewhere. I don't make very much money selling my books, but that's not the real reason why I write. I write because I love to. I write because it's in my blood. It's my greatest passion in life. I choose to sell my books online because I want to share my words with the world in tangible ways, besides writing a blog.

I'm not the only one, either.

For everyone who has helped support my writing financially and otherwise over the years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those of you who are thinking about it, please consider first and foremost the place where you choose to buy my books from. By buying directly from Lulu.com, you are not only choosing to support me the most as an artist, but you also support my publisher too. Your help allows them to continue their great work helping independent writers and artists sell their products, many at no cost to the authors themselves. By buying from places like Amazon, fellow Lulu authors such as myself will only make $2.21 for a paperback book retailing at $14.95, before taxes. If you buy at Lulu, the author will make almost three times that amount. The rest goes towards the production of the book itself and Lulu takes a small commission...which honestly is a small price to pay considering the services they provide for writers who otherwise might never get published. Where else can an aspiring writer have COMPLETE control over their book, inside and out?

Click on the following links to browse books by two of my good friends (and fellow Lulu poets), Amanda Waley and Crystal Clemons:

Amanda Waley's Official Bookstore
Author Spotlight: Crystal A. Clemons

Their bookstores will also be permalinked to my blog, along with Matthew Nolan's website, my friend Mary's blog "Where the Ravens Fly," and my friend Tiffiany's food blog "Lafayette Food Junkie," as part of my personal effort to help plug the works of my equally (and more) talented friends, who have done the same thing for me in the past. Friends who write together, stay together ;)

P.S. Don't forget to take 25% off your order at Lulu.com, for a maximum savings of $50
Coupon Code: LULUBOOK305
Coupon expires January 31, 2012

P.S.S. Book buying can be a rich experience! Seek out your local book fairs, visit with the authors themselves, buy a book and have them autograph it for you!