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David Sedaris admits to making $4,000 in tips on book tour

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Image Credit: Christine Kokot/DPA/LandovBook tours are a great way for authors to promote their work, meet their biggest fans, and — if you’re impish author David Sedaris (Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary) — make a few bucks in the process. “A couple of books ago, I put a tip jar on my signing table and I made over $4,000 on my tour,” Sedaris told Canada’s National Post. “The problem was then I started hating people who didn’t tip me. I didn’t say anything to them, but I would just sit there thinking, ‘You cheap son of a bitch. I just signed four books and you can’t even give me a dollar?’ And why should they? But I just got so involved in it. I had to stop doing it.”

Would you give Sedaris a tip at a signing? And would that tip be: “Don’t have a tip jar at a signing?”

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