Why does Women Writers have all those Amazon.com links--
and why do they want my money? Don't I pay more if I buy the book
with your link? Who gets the money? Why are you trying to get
rich? The web should be free, right?
You've seen them all over the site-- those links that send
you to Amazon.com to buy a book, or a movie, or whatever else
they happen to link. You've probably
wondered what the point is, and why you should support Amazon.com's
business. Isn't it better to buy the books from someplace else,
or to go to one of those tiny independent bookstores, especially
those feminist ones, or to click through with our link, then clear
your browser and go find the book yourself from a different, not-direct
link? (When you do that, I don't get credit for the referral).
If you just "click" on the book and then don't buy it,
I don't get anything.
I used to wonder the same thing. I can recall going through someone's
link and thinking-- I don't want to pay extra, so I'm going to
find this book elsewhere. I've felt awkward about putting this
plea you're reading now on the site before cause I really didn't
want to feel like a greedy capitalist-- but this site does cost
money, and as Virginia Woolf pointed out in A Room of One's
Own, what a woman writer needs to write is "500 pounds
and a room of one's own, with a door, and a lock." I've got
the room here, and the door with a lock, but I actually pay money
to bring you the content on this site. Sounds crazy, huh?
Here's my plea for you to buy your book from the link I made.
If you like the content this site provides, did you ever wonder
where it comes from? This website is put out by little old me.
I pay a minimum of 20 bucks a month to host the site, more if
I get lots and lots of readers. That's out of my starving-graduate-student,
don't make any money from any of the authors who post their work
here. I don't get paid a salary from some big company (a lot of
people think this is my job-- no-- it's my hobby-- a hobby that
takes about forty hours a week sometimes!) Sometimes our book
reviewers get a free review copy of a book-- but a lot of the
reviews are done from books we buy for ourselves, then choose
to write about.
When you buy a book that you're going to get ANYWAY
through a link that I built with my associates ID, (when you get
to the LONG URL at Amazon) I get a tiny percentage of Amazon.com's
money as a referral fee. You, the buyer, do not pay more for the
book you get-- and I get between 5-15% of the cost of the book.
So if you buy a book that you pay 5.99 for, I get a "finder's
fee" of between .29 cents and 1.50. I don't get anything
for just a "click"-- only when you actually buy something.
Right now as I write this, on a month when a few of you buy stuff
(a good one) I get about 10 bucks a month. That's not bad, really,
and I truly, truly appreciate it. But a lot of people click through
the links and then don't buy anything using the link I made. There's
literally thousands of you clicking a link, then not buying your
book with that link. I know some of you just decide to go to the
library, cool-- do that. I grew up too poor to buy books, and
the library was my salvation. I want you to get this content,
and I don't want you to feel guilty-- so don't.
If you're going to buy the book anyway, please use the
links I made, putting the item into your shopping cart on the
first Amazon page you arrive at after you leave
my site, right away. (It is very easy to remove them later if
you change your mind.) Putting the item in your shopping cart
without clicking to a new page triples my commission without costing
you any extra. If I could get more referral fees, it will make
it so that it doesn't actually COST ME MONEY to bring you this
content. And if I could make more than what the site costs to
host, I could dream of paying the writers on the site! I could
maybe get some really really cool articles from people who don't
write for free! I could pay for scholarships for those high school
girls who sometimes write to me asking for money! WOW! I could
have free giveaways of books like The Feminine Mystique (etc)!!!
Essentially, this website IS a tiny independent feminist bookstore.
So when you buy a book with Amazon that you're buying anyway,
you're supporting feminism. And you're being subversive by doing
it through corporate America. Wowser. I will never put those annoying
pop up ads on the site, which is how most websites that make money
do so. So this amazon.com system is the one way I will try to
actually pay for the work done here. It's less obtrusive than
the pop ups for stupid casinos and stuff.
I promise I will not go and get rich on this. I doubt that
I could with amazon.com referrals. But if it did happen, I promise
right here, in writing, to use the money to help women writers,
or students, or something politically-minded.
When you think of feminist empowerment, don't dismiss the big
corporations as not doing the job for feminists. Because I am
a feminist-- I am trying to change the world, really. But the
corporation that is sponsoring me can and would pay me to do this
PERSONAL & POLITICAL work. Think of the clout we here could
Click those links! If you buy those books, use us as your starting
point! It will turn this site into one that can have the POWER
of those 500 pounds and a website of one's own.
If there's not a link to the book you want, you can use this
box to search for ANYTHING on Amazon... and I will get credit
if you buy something. This is a great way for those of you who
buy a lot of books from amazon to contribute to this site-- use
the search engine below all the time for your purchases, and you'll
help us a ton!
You can just donate cash if you want: