DO YOU VALUE YOUR WORK? IF SO, PLEASE READ!
During the week of November 14th, I sent out letters to each member of the Texas House of Representatives and to the Texas Senate, a copy of which can be seen by going to this web link:Â https://texasauthorsinc.wildapricot.org/legislative-letter I am now asking for you to send a letter directly to your Representative and Senator and let them know you want fair access and promotion of Texas Authors as they give to music, dance, agriculture and all other groups that produce a Texas-made product.
GoTexan has determined that you do not make a Texas product unless you have your books printed in Texas with Texas-made paper and ink, both of which are no longer made in Texas.
The Texas Commission of Arts spent $7 million in 2016 and only 0.013 percent (about $100,000) was spent on authors and writing programs.
To be clear, we are NOT asking for increased funding of the programs that already exist, but fair and honest access to those funds as other creative groups have, in addition to those programs that promote Texas-made products.
You are a Texan and you have written a book. You have CREATED a product that helps improves lives of Texans through education by means of reading. In addition, for every dollar you earn, that money changes hands five times which increases the Texas economy by millions.
With the support and access to the programs that exist, the estimated $250 million in economic value could grow to $1 billion in a very short period. That means more money for schools, libraries, roads and so much more.
Here is what we have asked the Texas legislature to implement in this session:
Texas Commission on the Arts should create an Author Tour Roster and make this available to schools and libraries in connection with the DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) Texas program and the Texas Authors, Inc. organization. In addition, the Commission should set aside no less than 10% of its budget for this program and others that promote reading, writing, and Texas authors.
Create a grant to begin construction of the Texas Authors Institute of History Museum. This is the only museum of its kind dedicated to Texas Authors, past, present and future. It would provide the rich center for learning about the impressive authors Texas has produced including many which are familiar today like Laura Bush or Marcus Luttrell, as well as all of those who have contributed to making Texas the great state it is.
None of this can happen if they don't hear from you and the other 8,400 Texas published authors. Get the word out, let them now that you are a vital part of the Texas economy and should be respected and treated as such.
If you value your work and want to earn a fair income from it, then it's only decent to be treated by your State Legislature with dignity and respect.
B Alan Bourgeois