Should I give away my work for free?
Please do not mistake my words for marks of envy. On the contrary, I respect and admire anyone who goes after their dreams, no matter the field. Perseverance is not an easy thing to cling to, so I absolutely give kudos to anyone who has completed the journey of writing a novel from start to finish. It is an amazing, frustrating, and testing experience at best. So what is the answer to the question? Do I just give it away or hoard it like a dragon over her hard-won trove of gold?
Many self-pubbers struggle with this question daily as they venture into the gladiator's arena for the attention of what feels like a finite pool of readers. I have found value in both sides of the argument and still do. My conclusion is that there is no right answer. At the end of the day each must live with his own decision.
The Great Black Friday Giveaway...
Of course I wish to be compensated for my labor, but it is difficult to hold the finished product in my hands and deny the most simple fact: I wrote to be read, pure and simple. I do find joy in royalty checks, but there is something about a reader reaching out to me to share their excitement over Chapter X or how they "can so totally relate to Character Z." It warms my heart to no end. Dollars make sense, especially with the cost of living in the U.S., but you are so much more to me.
So with my birthday swiftly on the approach I have TWO giveaways going on.
- Goodreads - 1 autographed paperback edition will be awarded by way of random drawing. Open to U.S. residents only at this time. Please visit the Goodreads site for details.
- Kindle Free Days on Amazon - YES! The eBook version of The Lost Remnant will be available FREE FOR DOWNLOAD worldwide on the following dates: 11/27/14 through 12/1/14. (Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday!)
If you are the lucky recipient of a free book in any of its forms, and you enjoy the experience, you can repay me in several ways if you are so inclined. The first way is by leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads, or anywhere really. You can send me an e-mail with questions or comments. You can definitely tell a friend, and last but not least you can make a donation to my tip jar or snag some awesome swag in the shop. Any of these actions say, "I salute you." and encourage me in my writing habit. Read on, readers, and best of luck in the upcoming giveaways!