Susan Speaks: Donation to Haiti total


So back on January 11, I said that I’d be donating a portion of my royalties to the Red Cross, to help with Haiti. I wish I could donate them all, but I’m still a little bit in the red.

Let’s see how I did…

On January 13, I got a payment from My royalties there were $11.41

On January 18, I got a payment from My royalties there were $9.80

That comes to $21.21

But there’s more… the royalties from what you guys bought that haven’t been paid out yet.
At Smashwords, there’s $1.81 waiting to be paid.

At Lulu, there’s $6.55 waiting to be paid.

And at the Kindle store, there’s … a mystery. Their reports are hard to read; I’m not sure if they owe me 3.50 or 7.00 — excluding anything you bought during January, as there are NO January records available yet. So we’ll have to exclude the Kindle store and reiterate that if you buy Demo Tapes: Year 1 and send me the receipt, I’ll send you a coupon for a free Year 2 via Smashwords.

If we figure a minimum of $3.50 for Kindle, we have $33.07

I still have some overhead to pay off — print copies of the books, promotional money spent — so instead of donating the whole amount like I wish I could, let’s halve it and see what we get…


That’s not a monetary amount!

So let’s round that UP to the nearest nickle and we get … $16.55.

I like even numbers. Let’s call it a $17 donation, shall we? That’s just over 50% of the royalties that arrived either via payments or sales during the twenty days my offer ran.

There ya go. $17 to Haiti via the Red Cross.

Thanks for supporting me, The Demo Tapes project, and reading in general. Not to mention the people who really need it right now.

Just a reminder… once I break even on my expenses, I’ll be donating larger portions to various charities. Stay tuned and keep supporting the books, even if all you do is spread the word. That helps more than I can tell you.



  1. Lesley

    February 1, 2010 1:51 pm

    Good for you, Susan! What an awesome thing to do!

  2. L-Squared

    February 1, 2010 7:17 pm

    You are awesome!

    I meant to blog about your book when you were doing this, but it just didn’t end up happening. I will get a review up for Year 2 soon though.
    .-= L-Squared´s last blog ..Star Spangled Treats =-.

  3. Nessa

    February 1, 2010 7:22 pm

    Rabbit, Rabbit

    This is very wonderful of you.
    .-= Nessa´s last blog ..Rabbit, Rabbit =-.

  4. Patricia Stoltey

    February 1, 2010 7:55 pm

    It’s a really nice thing you’re doing here, Susan.
    .-= Patricia Stoltey´s last blog ..Mystery/Thriller Book Giveaway–We Have a Winner! =-.

  5. Petula

    February 2, 2010 12:08 am

    That’s great! I need to get into a position where I can do more things like that.
    .-= Petula´s last blog ..Lazy teachers? =-.

  6. carol

    February 2, 2010 2:08 pm

    I think you’re wonderful for doing that.

  7. Mariana N. Blaser

    February 2, 2010 5:33 pm

    Wow, wonderful!

    May these donations increase exponentially.(as well as your income, obviously 😉
    .-= Mariana N. Blaser´s last blog ..Limited Mind Sets =-.

  8. Wylie

    February 3, 2010 7:16 am

    You are as generous as you are talented, Susan. I’m not sure there’s another person on the planet willing to give 50% of their income to charity. Kudos.
    .-= Wylie´s last blog ..Outlander and The Lost Symbol on my Keeper Shelf =-.

  9. West Of Mars — Win A Book! » Blog Archive » Public Service Announcement

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *