Posted by: nancyisanders | February 26, 2018

Teachers Pay Teachers

This past week several of my writer friends met together with me at my house.

I think the greatest joy was to sit with friends face-to-face and chat together instead of on Facebook. We shared hugs, laughter, lunch, manuscript critiques, encouragement, inspiration, and friendship.

For the first hour or so we discussed Teachers Pay Teachers. It’s a site where teachers can purchase stuff to use in their classrooms. Why were we talking about this site in a writer’s group?

Good question!

There are 4 main reasons as writers we can benefit from Teachers Pay Teachers.

    1. IDEAS: It’s a great place to get ideas. Do you want to write a nonfiction picture book for ages 4-7? Browse through Teachers Pay Teachers and see what nonfiction topics teachers are teaching in the classroom. Can’t think of how to word a scene in your historical fiction novel you’re writing? Go to Teachers Pay Teachers, look up that historical event in their product line, preview various products and see if you can find mentor texts that word your topic well. This will help you formulate your own words better.
    2. PROMOTE: Teachers Pay Teachers is an awesome place to promote your published children’s book. Whether your book is fiction or nonfiction, you can create a grade-appropriate educator’s guide that goes along with your book and post it for free to teachers. Inside the guide, be sure to advertise your author’s website and published book to go along with the material. A super bonus perk is that some teachers might purchase classroom sets of your book to use with their students! Or they’ll order your book for their school library. At the very least, it’s a practical way to get the word out and promote your book. CLICK HERE to see the educator’s guide I offer for free for my book, A Pirate’s Mother Goose.
    3. SELF-PUBLISH: Teachers Pay Teachers is an amazing place to self-publish. Just think of it…you’ve got ideas for children’s stories or children’s nonfiction. Imagine not needing a contract, not needing an agent or an editor, and getting your material out to the public while keeping all your rights. If you’re an illustrator too, you’ve already got that covered and can produce the art for your own stories. If you’re not an illustrator, there are oodles of folks on Teachers Pay Teachers who offer their illustrations or clipart for very reasonable prices in package deals. If you’re super techie, it will be a snap, and if you’re not you can still create a wide range of products using the basic skills you probably already have.
    4. EARN INCOME: Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is an opportunity to earn income. Yes, that’s right. You can set up a store of your own on TpT and start earning money pretty quickly. Some folks have even earned over a million dollars selling their material on TpT! For folks like me who just post a few products from time to time, I get enough money to pay for my ink and paper supplies, which is a big help for me.



Click here to check out my store, Teacher + Writer, on TpT. (Please follow my store, and if you have a store, let me know the name and I’ll follow you, too.)

Now, the first question everyone had in my writing group that met was this: Can you join TpT and set up a store if you’re not a teacher?

If that’s you, do like we did. Go on the website for Teachers Pay Teachers. Scroll down to the bottom and find the “Contact Us” link. Send them an e-mail. Explain that you are not a teacher but you want to write materials for teachers to use in their classroom. Ask if you can join.

Hopefully they’ll say “Yes” and you’ll be on your way! The first product you have to post on TpT must be a freebie.

In upcoming posts, I’m going to share some simple worksheets you can make to post your first freebie and then sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. These can be on any topic you choose or go along with your published children’s book to help promote your book.

I’m busy right now creating an educator’s guide for my newest book that will be published in October 2018, so I’ll share with you some of the steps I’m taking along the way.


  1. Thanks for this heads-up, Nancy. Great ideas!

  2. I’m so glad you’re focusing on this topic, Nancy! I just checked to make sure I was already following your store (I was). My TpT store is:

    I struggle on TpT with how to get the word out about my store/products. I’d love it if you could do some blog posts about ways to tackle that hurdle. I don’t have a blog, so I can’t spread the word that way. And last year when I had a $10 gift certificate to give away, I posted on Facebook about it. All people had to do to be entered in my giveaway was post a response there on FB, and I think I got a total of 1 person who entered. It was mortifying. Clearly, I need lots of help. 🙂

    • Nice to hear from you Ev. I checked and I’m following your store too. What great puzzles you have in your store!!!! And yes, I’ll post about ways to get more people to see your store. There is a local gal near me who gives pointers.

      • Sounds terrific, Nancy! I’ll look forward to what you have to share.

  3. Great site. Evelyn, you might try following child day cares where they offer preschool programs. Even try contacting them with an email.

    • Thank you, ctuskes, for your suggestion. Few of my materials are for the preschool age, but maybe day cares that have after-school or summer programs for elementary kids would be a good option.

      • Oh gosh yes. That’s what I meant. I’m so not a morning person. Anyway, good luck.

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