Authors overwhelmed by schools' requests for free books

Authors overwhelmed by schools' requests for free books

Children’s authors are being overwhelmed by requests for free books and promotional materials from schools with dwindling budgets, writers have told The Bookseller.

M G Leonard, who published her Beetle Boy trilogy with Chicken House, said she regularly receives one of three kinds of messages from schools: generic requests for free books or promotional materials on Twitter, with several authors tagged in the tweet; requests for help from schools she has already worked with (which she is usually happy to fulfil); and handwritten requests from pupils.

“It’s the latter that gets my goat beca...

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