Part of the reason I chose to write DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS is so that the teachers and librarians who have heard me speak would have a permanent text to refer to when discussing my presentation with their students. Part of the reason was to make that material available to the teachers, librarians, and students who haven't yet had the chance to hear me speak in person, but whom I hoped could benefit from having access to my stories.
But the biggest part of the reason to create this book was to make the lessons within it available to those readers who may never hear stories like this in any other way. That's why the pdf is the 'preferred' edition, because it can be read on ANY computer, or ANY mobile device or ANY tablet. That's also why I priced it at $4.99, to make it inexpensive to purchase.
I'm already hearing reports of librarians who are buying copies themselves in order to make the book available in their libraries. Every district has different rules about requisitioning and purchasing and use of funds... and in a few cases, the red tape has gotten a little daunting. So librarians are buying the books themselves - and sometimes, in this economy, even a five-buck purchase can be an added burden.
However, it's not the librarians I'm worried about so much as their patrons, especially the very young ones, and the ones to whom five dollars is the week's grocery budget. Those are the kids who need this book the most - the young Monets, and Tolkiens and Rachmaninoffs of the world, who could rise up from their circumstances and Become Who They Are Meant To Be, if only they knew that someone believed that they could. And if they don't have a chance to read books that hopefully can help them do that, just because it's difficult to make it available to them, then somehow, we've missed a chance to do What Matters Most.
I want to sell lots of copies of this book. I'd love to sell a few million of them - and I believe that as word spreads, that's exactly what I'll do. But I don't want to leave out the ones who may need this worse than anyone, just because they don't have a paypal account, or an e-reader - which is why I believe the book should be in libraries to begin with, for easy, free access. And if the librarians are having trouble arranging to carry this book in their libraries because of a little red tape, then I'm going to give them a hand by pulling out my sword and slicing this particular Gordian Knot in two.
From this point forward, the pdf of DRAWING OUT THE DRAGONS will be made available to any and every librarian who requests one, for free.
You are also allowed to make one print copy for the library, and, at your discretion, additional print copies for any child whom you believe would benefit from having their own, and who haven't the means to buy it themselves.
All you need to do is send an email to my personal address (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes your name and contact information for the library where you work, and in the subject line, write "Oh Captain, my Captain - Please send your Dragons". I'll send you either the file itself, or a link to a free download. And that's it.
If other faculty, or students, or parents would like copies of their own, I hope you will direct them to the website listed in all my novels (www.heretherebedragons.net) to buy the pdf, or to one of our partners at bn.com or amazon.com to buy the Nook or Kindle versions. And please, feel free to share this message in its entirety with your local librarians.
People are capable of leading extraordinary lives - sometimes, to do it, they just need to be told that they can; that Magic is indeed real, and worth looking for. So I'm going to do this, because this is my Magic - and I intend to share it with everyone.James A. Owen