no problem. In the age of easy copying you have to be a businesswoman first, writer second.A whole school won't want a copy of a play, only one teacher and perhaps a class, or a small group in an after-school program. These sorts of purchases are often paid for out of the teacher's pocket.
A one-off per-class copying fee, with some kind of bonus for referrals that get you paid would be the thing to do there. Teacher pays once for X number of copies, perhaps 30. 30 x the price of one copy isn't going to work. 4, maybe 5 x the price of one copy ought to do it.However, these plays and accompanying games will be connected to the new Common Core standards so there's a healthy chance of them being ordered through the school so an unlimited copy option is also perhaps a good idea. Then again, teachers know teachers in other schools . . .
Don't be afraid of that; use it as advertising! People are greedy. Play on the greed. If they want an extra ten copies per referral or something, use that. Leverage it!suddenly I have no income and my work is being used all over the place.
Not if you leverage the desire to get more free stuff. Remember, if you track the number of and encourage direct downloads, perhaps with a bonus, you get more money in.Teachers can make totally free copies by using the school's paper and copier.
Which the school has to pay for. Copier ink and paper costs add up. Deal directly with the school or school authorities if you're worried about the teachers.I can't make it cheaper than free!
Agreed, but you're not giving it away, you're looking for ways to squeeze money out of them without relying on per-copy sales.I really do rely on honesty and integrity. I think putting a face to the site, a real person, would have some impact.
Relying on honesty? Bad idea. You're better off trying to leverage the essential douchebaggery in human nature. It's more profitable. Sorry, but it's true and I don't sugar-coat the truth.
Whatever you do, don't beg or try the Princess Di puppy eyes trick to make people feel sorry for you and pay you. What you're aiming for is to provoke a desire to give you money because you're a deserving professional. Put ads on the site to increase your revenue. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, but don't make it too obvious. Can you make deals with toy or educational materials suppliers to pay for advertising?I'm one writer working for a non profit, not a huge corporation like Pearson or Scholastic.
Working for other things as well might open up your options. Times are tough and no one could blame you for it.By the way, these plays were published in the old-fashioned world of 30 years ago. They sold to all 50 states and 10 other countries. The NYTimes and International Herald Tribune wrote about them.
Put that on your site, with scanned cuttings or other proofs. Those are great selling points!The rights recently reverted to me and I'm determined to bring them into the 21st century learning space.
Go for it! But leverage the market, don't try to lock it down. Work with human nature, don't try to control or manipulate it. People are naturally selfish. If you add value to your downloads, people will come to you for the work.
Add other things to the site, perhaps a blog. Need help? I'm a web designer.