Take a look at the income survey results from Authors Guild.
Authors don’t make a lot of money writing books. We usually juggle lots of different types of work. At the same time I was writing my seven recent projects I was teaching two different writing classes.
I was also doing marketing for school visits and other public events, hoping to boost book sales.
I turned down at least one request for a unpaid school visit in the past month.
Authors, we need to value our work, so others value it, too. Please don’t do school visits for free.
And schools, community events – please don’t ask authors to speak for free.