Selling Books in Schools with Skype

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February 2012
by Barbara Techel

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Skype is showing real promise for connecting schools and authors. It’s no secret that school budgets are being squeezed tighter each year, limiting what schools can do about added beneficial curriculum. And of course publishers and authors have limited budgets too, and authors may not have time to do in-person visits. So software such as Skype offers a win-win option for all involved.

Before Skype, and after I published my first children’s book, I started making in-person appearances at local schools in Wisconsin. Traveling beyond my locality wasn’t an option, both because of cost and because the subject of my book is my dog, who is in a wheelchair. She visits schools with me, and traveling would cause her stress I didn’t want to subject her to.

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