For the National Authors Day event in 2019, we sent out two letters to every Democratic and Republican candidate running for President in 2020. One letter was to invite them to Houston for the event that we had scheduled, and the second was requesting a short video to address authors and the concerns authors may have.
Only one politician sent a response. Sen. Harris, thank you, but no thank you. One politician (their rep) called to thank us for the invite, that was the then VP, Joe Biden’s office.
Otherwise, not one of them addressed authors in any form, nor recognized them for their hard work in keeping the world reading, etc. This is unacceptable!
Authors change and shape the world. They bring approximately one billion dollars into the economy. We deserve respect and a response from the politicians running for any high office - Senator, Governor, and President. If you get a chance to talk with them over the next few months, make sure they understand your value to the economy and the world!
We will attempt once again to reach out and ask them to address authors and acknowledge what we bring to the world. You deserve it!