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Via Facebook:

#AskAnAuthor Question: How important do you think it is to belong to Writer’s Groups/Organizations?

Answer by Amy Clipston:
I’m a member of ACFW, RWA, and the Author’s Guild. RWA doesn’t only focus on “racy” romance. There are members who write sweet romance, mysteries, and inspirational. RWA has a lot of good resources for writers, such as on-line chapters, local chapters, and a great magazine. I highly recommend RWA. That’s how I got my start.


Note: ACFW – American Christian Fiction Writers
RWA – Romance Writers of America

ACFW focuses solely on Christian/Inspirational writing. RWA does have an online group called Faith, Hope & Love that focuses on Christian/Inspirational writers.



Via Sarah Loudin Thomas’s Blog:

I wonder about two things and I’m sure it’s different for every author depending on their publisher.

How many author copies do they send you? Some of the pictures I’ve seen look like a big box – very full and a few authors actually talk like they got two boxes.

And when you do book signings/ appearances/ conferences – are you responsible for providing those copies or do the people putting it together do that? If you are responsible for getting them there, do you have to buy the copies or does the publisher provide them?

And THANK YOU for the questions above. GREAT questions AND answers!
God Bless!


And Sarah was kind enough to reply.

Great questions!

Author copies vary by contract–I think 25-50 is pretty standard. It’s not by the box and how many are in a box varies according to how thick the novel is. My books are 40 to a box, but some fellow authors with longer books would only have 32 or 34.

You’re typically responsible for making sure your books get to events unless it’s one of those rare book signings in which case you’re probably at a bookstore that carries your books. Depending on the setting, you can supply books through a bookseller who will handle all the sales leaving you to get the percentage you negotiated through the contract with your publisher, or you can buy the books from your publisher (at a set discount) and pocket the profit (if there is any!).

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