My older brother, Tom, has been helping with the relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. (This is one of his pictures from the devastation). Since I live several states away, I’ve pondered how I could help. Of course I’ve made donations, but then it struck me that my readers and I could join forces to have an even bigger impact. I decided that I’d donate 100% of my royalties earned on the e-book version of Secret Lives between November 21st and midnight November 30th to the American Red Cross. I made this announcement on Facebook about this time yesterday (the 21st) and I’m excited that the donation total is well over $200 already!
For those of you who like technical details, here is how this will work. Secret Lives is one of my out of print novels that I’ve made available myself as an ebook. It’s sold for any e-reader you might have: Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iPad, etcetera. I am paid royalties on the book approximately two months after the sale, so for November, I will be paid in January. However, I have online access to the records for each seller and I will know by the end of the month how many copies of Secret Lives have sold between November 21st and November 30th and what my royalties will be (they run between 35-70% of the cover price of $4.99, depending on the seller and the country in which the book is purchased. For example, foreign Kindle sales earn 35% royalties, while US and UK Kindle sales earn 70%). My plan is to write that check to the American Red Cross on December 1st. I can’t wait to do it!
If you’ve already read Secret Lives (it’s the most popular of my backlist books), I hope you’ll pass along this blog post to friends who have not yet read it. Thank you for your help!
Here are the most popular purchase links for the book in the US (though purchases in any country will be counted):