I've taken the plunge and become an Usborne book seller. You can see my book website here.
For those of you who don't know about Usborne Books at Home (UBAH), it was the first multilevel direct selling company in the United States to offer primarily nonfiction educational books for children. UBAH has approximately 8,000 active consultants who sell 1,300 titles plus have exclusive rights to offer another 80 more.
Did the phrase multilevel direct selling company make you gag? Yes, it's like Tupperware or Mary Kay. However, I signed up with them because books, not bread, are the staff of life. Like being too rich or too thin, you can never have too many books or read too much.
I've always wondered why I rarely find Usborne books at thrift or consignment stores. I think it's because people keep these books for a long time, and pass them down to younger family members. The books can take a lot of wear and tear because they're of good quality with reinforced covers and thick, stain resistant paper.
Now some of you familiar with UBAH may think that the books are expensive. Have you priced children's books lately at Barnes & Noble? Good books, no matter where you get them, ARE expensive. However, Usborne book prices are comparible to what you'd find in any bookstore. I'm also convinced that parents, schools and libraries think that Usborne books are worth the cost.
It's a bit ironic that I'll be making money selling other people's books instead of from writing my own, but that's o.k. for now. It'll be three more years until Boo Girl's in school fulltime. Lately I've found it very hard to find more than 15 minutes of uninterrupted time to write (which makes blog writing so convenient). So this fits my plans for now. Plus, it'll help me learn how to market myself, a big deal when you're trying to sell your writing services, books and articles to clients, publishers and readers.
Go to my UBAH website NOW and help get me started!