In my last post I discussed what I was doing to be a helper during this time of crisis. Not feeling like I was a good enough seamstress to help with sewing masks (my daughter’s significant other works in a hospital), I pleaded “gardening.”
Authors (of which I am one) are also stepping up.
Some are discounting or giving ebooks away for free. Some are hosting read alouds on Zoom or Skype, even Instagram. Some are offering writing or drawing lessons. Some are creating collections and lists of books for all the parents and kids at home.
What am I doing?
Before the virus got out of hand I had already put my first three ebooks on sale for Plant A Seed Day. I had planned to go back to full price (normally $5.99 each), but instead I’ve left the books on sale. In fact, yesterday I put all five of them on sale. You will find the lowest prices at Smashwords, who is hosting big discounts in their Smashwords store for any author who joins.
I’ve also signed up with Draft 2 Digital to enter my ebooks at a discounted rate to libraries through Overdrive. I don’t know if my books have been chosen, but I did sign them over.
Another thing I’m doing is making sure the Little Free Libraries in my neighborhood are always stocked with children’s books. (take precautions, people! wash those hands!)
Finally, I have some Audible codes to give away for a free audiobook of my first book, Seed Savers-Treasure. If you’d like a code, let me know in the comments below. I have only a limited supply. You will need to leave your email for me to contact you. Or you can comment and then email me at sandrasmithauthor at gmail.
If you are not on the frontlines already, what are you doing in your own small way to be a helper? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Sandra Smith is the author of the awesome and award-winning middle grade/YA series, Seed Savers. Visit her Facebook and Pinterest pages. Follow her on Twitter. Sign up for the newsletter!
(If you’re not familiar with my books, Seed Savers is a 5-book series that takes place in a future where gardening is illegal and real food unknown. The first three books are appropriate for elementary age kids and the last three “age up” somewhat.
For comprehensive reviews of each book, check these out: