So, coming up with another idea.
See, Our Man thinks we've not done too badly on the book part of #quakebook. (It's a reality. It's bloody good. It is accessible from the world's biggest bookseller, Amazon, you can download it to your PC, Mac or smartypants phone) and they have waived their fee, so every time you buy it, not a penny goes to Quakebook, Amazon or Our Man (sigh). Everything, less any cut passing government heavies might impose as tax, goes to the Japan Red Cross.
And Our Man is absolutely confident we'll get a print edition in English and Japanese out soon, at cost price. Would be lovely to get a printed book with ALL revenues raised going to charity, but real books have real costs - paper, ink, lorry drivers, presses, business-class tickets to book fairs in London, you know, unavoidable costs, baby.
Incidentally, here's a lesson in economics Our Man is having to get his head round: Sell a Kindle book at $9.99, all the cash goes to the Japanese Red Cross. Sell a hardback at $20, even at cost, you are looking at half the kindle book price, $4.50, going to charity.
Charge twice as much, get half the bang of a digital book. But print outsells digital 9:1 or so.
Our Man's head hurts. You do the math: Print is pricey, but it pays. If inefficiently.
Our Man likes print. It's got pedigree. It's real. But it takes time and resources to figure out. He will get it figured, but in the meantime, we do have a digital book that ya'll can get your digital digits on. Just, it's a high mental barrier to jump from print to digital for many readers.
That's why Our Man thinks we need a kind of citizen's army of recruiters to help the print lovers defeat their fears of digital - if just for one book for charity.
The Civil Rights movement had voter registration drives to get black Americans voting for the first time. Quakebook needs something similar.
Your advice is, as always, welcome (though not always heeded).