Actually, no – it’s not our tips for you lot, it’s what you can tip us.
American humourist (or do I have to say humorist?) David Sedaris has revealed an interesting money-making tip for authors in an interview with the National Post.
Sedaris says he left a tip jar on his signing table at a book tour and made a grand total of $4,000. At the end of his “best evening”, in Dallas, he said, he made $530. “I told people it was all for me to spend on candy,” he explained. “They were delighted because it’s funny to give money to someone who doesn’t need it.”
But there was a downside to the lucrative venture which eventually stopped Sedaris continuing, as he explained. “The problem was then I started hating people who didn’t tip me,” he said. “I didn’t say anything to them, but I would just sit there thinking, ‘You cheap son of a bitch. I just signed four books and you can’t even give me a dollar?’ And why should they? But I just got so involved in it.”
I wonder how well this would go down on author book tours? Can you imagine a line of authors at a convention just flipping over their hats and making puppy-dog eyes at you until you hand over money? Maybe it’s the future in a shaky publishing climate.
Personally, I accept all major credit cards.
Or just beer.