Now, on to the question of DISCOUNTING honorarium fees. In general, I think consistency is very important in setting prices for appearances. That, said, there are certain situations in which a lower honorarium fee or other accommodation may be warranted.
- It's local. A lower fee (or waiver of travel/expense costs) can be offered to local or in-state schools and libraries as this is your "home turf" and requires less time on your part. Some authors even consider offering single-presentations or part-day visits
- You have a new book out. To launch a new book into the world and maximize appearances without seeming cheap, consider offering a lower-priced, new-title focused program for a brief, specific duration around your pub date.
- You're willing to go virtual. To promote your book, consider Skype visits, online chats or other virtual type appearances which you can offer at a lower price.
IF...you really want to get exposure for your first (or a new) book and/or experience with presentations, you may want to discount for some period of time. Just remember there's a notable cost to you in terms of time (aka foregone writing or work time), preparation, travel, and logistics (babysitter for kids, sub for your classroom, etc.), so think it through carefully. Do the math to make sure you're not actually incurring costs to do appearances.
All of these honorarium posts are meant to help you give thoughtful, thorough consideration to what it means to charge for appearances, just like you do to other elements of your marketing plans. Taking the time to do this in advance makes answering questions along the way much easier.
NEXT WEEK: Promotions & Incentives