What Authors Must Know About Homeschoolers Before Trying to Sell Them Books

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Back in Episode 51 I gave an overview of the Homeschool Market. This episode is the next in that series, where I go into some of the mistakes authors make when trying to sell to homeschoolers. I also cover how to avoid those mistakes. If you are curious why homeschoolers are not interested in your book, this episode is a must-listen.



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3 Responses to What Authors Must Know About Homeschoolers Before Trying to Sell Them Books

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    Sarah Neisen February 18, 2020 at 8:58 am #

    Thank you! I’m continually baffled by the number of books published for the homeschool market that don’t fit the needs of homeschoolers. I’ve been schooling my son for 12 years and the problem is more evident within the last 5 years or so. Almost like authors feel they can jump into the market since it must be like regular school books….right?

    I would be happy to purchase books from new authors, but if they don’t understand learning styles, the method of homeschooling we use, or how to apply the method for individual students, it’s never going to work for us.

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    Bernadette Botz February 18, 2020 at 2:03 pm #

    Dear Mr. Umpstadt,

    Thank you for your show! I greatly enjoy it and am learning a lot from you.

    My self-published book was written as a read-aloud for homeschoolers, but I have a question for you. Even though I am just finishing up educating the youngest of my five children at home, and even though I feel pretty confident I have penned something that will appeal to homeschoolers, (Insert – I am woman, therefore I am insecure.) I have one nagging question.

    As a reformed theologist myself, and probably what you would call a “fundamentalist,” I worry that the KIND endorsement I got from Dr. John Townsend of Boundaries fame will be a detriment to me within the homeschool community?

    I cringe even to ask. Dr. Townsend was a fatherly mentor to me throughout the process, and I don’t think I would have finished without his encouragement. I personally differ from him on some points, of course, but he is a much loved brother, and I am grateful for him.

    Can you speak to me on this sensitive topic?


    Bernadette Botz

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    Sonja Anderson February 18, 2020 at 6:28 pm #

    What amazing information! This is so helpful. I’ve been interested in trying to reach this market, and while I’m not sure my books are a good fit, I am so grateful to you for providing this unique perspective that is so interesting and insightful. All of your podcasts are terrific! Thank you so much.

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