Morning writerly world, tis Cat here,
I have something I'd like to say and perhaps someone would actually hear me this time.
I'm not talking about traveling to Mars but judging by the lack of action it may as well be that difficult.
The thing is ... and this is something YOU ALL KNOW ... we are a Not-For-Profit organization to help writers get their work out into the world. We provide a book shop, we run courses, we champion NZ writers, we even help people publish their work.
It would be nice to get paid and not to live on savings (which are rapidly running dry) and not have to think extremely carefully before doing anything. (You know, like paying for school activities.)
It would also be nice to be able to do more for the writing community.
It would be fantastic if we could pay the rent without worrying where the money is going to come from.
The thing is, we believe in you. We believe in what we are doing. We'd very much appreciate it if you did too.
If you actually supported the shop by purchasing books FROM US.
You're all writers, therefore you read.
The number of authors we stock is over 200. The number of authors who buy books from us is in single digits.
That's disappointing and makes us feel as though what we're doing has no value to anyone.
We've heard every excuse known to man but none are relevant.
If I (Cat) can purchase books as Christmas presents or birthday presents for those people I'd be buying for anyway, on my VERY VERY limited budget, then why are our own authors not buying from us?
It perplexes me.
As does the Interrogation Series, which I still have some to post but have held off because very few authors featured shared links or promoted their interview. We can tell who does and who doesn't by the stats on the blog. Some are fantastic at it but the majority don't do anything. It's hugely disheartening on our part when we try to help spread the word but come up against walls of apathy.
We can do so much, you have to step and meet us at least part way!
What can you do?
Challenge yourselves to take action! Help us, help you!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT US!
Encourage people to buy books from us.
Share our LINKS!
There are a whole bunch of amazing resources for NZ Writers available FREE from the Book Council. If you look to your right you will see a link in the sidebar.
I am asking that you all share this blog post and in particular share that link with every group you can think of and every writer you know.