Your Cup of Tea

Article reprints can hit the spot.

by Andy Scheer

After posting a blog last year, I thought it could fit as a seasonal article for a small magazine. Knowing the editor didn’t require a query, I attached it to a brief email.

Yesterday I got two author’s copies of the issue with my little reprint—bylined and with my bio. Attached was a check for their standard reprint fee: $5.

Only five dollars! Why bother?

With a reprint article, why not?

Sending the already-written piece cost me only a few minutes.

I converted the little check for the reprint article to two boxes of tea.

In return I received the satisfaction of reaching those readers, many of them my target audience. They got a new opportunity to see my byline and my bio—with its link to my website. That’s definitely my cup of tea.

Then there’s the check. I cashed it, then visited a grocery overstock store. I knew they were selling 250-gram packages of good Sri Lankan black tea for just $2.50. I bought two.

That will make a lot of cups of tea.

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About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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