Hello everyone! So, finally we received all answers from our participants from MARSocial author network. Are you excited to read the answers yet? Question #5 is “There was recently a message on ‘Books and Writers’ saying ‘please stop giving your books away’. What do you feel about this?” from Kathy.
Let’s check out the answers from all 11 author participants !
2) Viv Drewa
If it’s for a contest I think that’s OK. I did give my new releases away at first but decided not to anymore.
I am in agreement in giving your books away free. I do not publish to make money (although it would be great if I did). For me to be published is for my own satisfaction. Also, I think to promote your book for a free period, say for four weeks, can be an advertisement. I cannot remember the name, but one author recently promoted their book free on Amazon and was downloaded thousands of time and a publishing house picked up their book and it is now a best seller.
4) Sam Reese
5) Neil McGowan
As a writer, my goal is to reach as many readers as possible; as a reader, I know that I’m more likely to try an unknown author if I can read one of their books for free. I’ve discovered many great new authors like this, and have gone on to buy some of their other work. I think people can be put off trying books that fall slightly outside their usual choices if they have to pay for them – if they can be enticed to try new stuff for free, then I think everyone benefits – the reader gains a new writer and the writer gains a new reader. It’s great doing something I love and getting paid for it as well, but the pay check isn’t the reason I write. But I have to say, the sense of reward when someone pays you to read something you’ve written is fantastic.
7) Jaro Berce
I would answer with my thought: »Knowledge is the only good that, when shared, there is more of it around and you don’t have any less of it!« and books are full of knowledge.
I am a total Libra on this topic. I understand the message. They are trying to discourage it because, as new or indie authors, we don’t reap any profits from it. Although I do agree on some level, I also realize that word of mouth is everything in this business. What better way to spread the word about your book than for a reader to tell his/her friends about it? So, let me revise the original statement a bit. “Don’t blatantly give your books away.” Meaning, sure, offer a brief free period on Amazon. And definitely promote it. Run giveaways now and then with multi-author events if you find them. Do a contest on your blog. Don’t offer free books all the time because you’re devaluing your work. But, do offer readers who haven’t even heard of you the chance to sample your work.
9) LaRae Parry
11) Annie Edmonds
The next question is “If you could be transported into one of your stories as a character, would you or would you stay as far away from it as possible?” from Sam Reese. Stay tuned with us for the next post !