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Question has any ever or heard of an author forgoing their advance and instead working with the publisher to give free books teachers in their classrooms?

If yes, how did the structure the deal?

Any info would be appreciated.

#1 - March 17, 2020, 12:43 PM

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No, I personally have not. I would be researching whether that publishing company is reputable, or what is known as a "vanity publisher". Research required! Best of luck.
#2 - March 17, 2020, 04:04 PM
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Thanks. They are a reputable small publisher. This is my idea not theirs.
#3 - March 17, 2020, 04:32 PM

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I've heard of folks doing charitable donations of their earnings but not giving away books. I've often heard of it in the context of not being the best career move. It's very nice of you, but it may not increase sales and future publishers will look at sales numbers before deciding whether to take you on.

That said. You'd have to decide how the books will be delivered and to where. How can you be sure they get in the hands you want them in? All of this would be in your contract. You might be better off taking the advance and then buying author copies at your discount to donate. (That might lead to a bigger donation.) Do note that you are the one making the donation (possibly in both scenarios), so the books will still count as income. In other words, there are tax implications too.
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Thanks for your perspective.
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I wish it could've been more positive. I wanted to do something similar with my first novel (assuming I ever find a publisher for it) but had this advice given to me. You can wait until a later book when you have a name and might get press for the good deed.
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I always appreciate your perspective.
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