"When do you make the big bucks?"
In answer to that question, I was always taught that it wasn't polite to ask a person how much money they make. Other questions I am continually asked to answer after a book-signing event are:
- Did you make a lot of money?
- How many books did you sell?
- Do you get paid to be a guest speaker?
- You have to pay for your own books?
- Since I've been your friend/family for "x" amount of years aren't you going to give me a book for free?
Money cannot buy loving relationships or peace of conscience. It can support a Christian college, send a missionary to Africa and help fill a food pantry.
It is not money that is "a root of all kinds of evil," but the love of money (1Timothy 6:10). Jesus condemns money when it becomes an object of devotion equal to God (Matthew 6:24).
God is the ultimate supplier of all wealth. He enables us to have it and has a right to say what we do with the money. The questions I would love to hear are:
- What is your book about?
- Was your story God inspired?
- What is your ministry?
- What is it like being an author?
- You can fill in the blank with your own question... _________________________?