This blog will touch on the experiences I have as a writer (not to be mistaken for my experience as a writer, i.e. how many books I've written, etc); the pleasure and the pain, the joy and the grief, the satisfaction and the frustration, the magic and the reality - have I left anything out, oh yeah, the rejection, rejection and more rejection, the humiliation and the embarrassment, the jealousy and the resentment - that pretty much covers it, except for why I do it which perhaps I'll realize along the way. Are you totally confused? Good, let's begin.
The 9th annual Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale is drawing to an end with thousands of E-books, including mine, offered free or at deep discounts through the month of July, 2017.
You might want to take advantage of this offer and download some of my books free since I am resolved not to give anymore of my work away with the exception to my ADVANCE READING TEAM.
Why is that, you might ask? And why now?
There is a school of thought among book marketeers (no, it's not a typo since I consider them in the same category as racketeers) that giving away your work will create readers who will write reviews that will generate book sales.
It's a lie.
Take for example this Smashwords promotion. A total of thirty-seven copies of the five books I offered free were downloaded. My other five titles were offered for fifty-percent off. Zero were downloaded. The vast majority of the two hundred and five books that have been downloaded from Smashwords over the past five years have been free. They've generated zero reviews.
There are two things about offering your work free to readers:
- there's no downside. The reader has invested nothing, so if he doesn't read it he's lost nothing.
- free is equated to no value. The reader thinks the work is garbage (and he might be right) and that's why it's free.
I think my work has value, but I'd still might consider offering it free during the launch if I thought it would generate future sales. It doesn't so there's no point in continuing to demean it.
The exception might be the first book in the Mattie Saunders Series I'm writing featuring an independent young woman with a social conscience and a bad attitude, who loves animals, but not so much people. There's some good evidence that offering the first book in a series free encourages readers to buy the rest of the series. I'll let you know once I have a few more books in the series written and published.
Members of my Advance Reading Team will continue to get free and discounted books as well as an opportunity to read new work before it's released to the public. You can become a member by clicking this link
No spam, no tips to live by, no click bait,
Here's a list and the link to my books, in e-book format, available free or deeply
discounted for two more days during Smashwords sale.
Loving the Terrorist - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/579221
The Rocker and Bird Girl - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/727720
The LOCAL RAG - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/671782
End of the Rope - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/655643
Harry's Truth - Free https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/649522
Saving Spirit Bear - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/575296
Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/700967
FOREST - Love, Loss, Legend- 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/515038
Abandoned Dreams - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/573742
The BIG PICTURE- A Camera, A Young Woman, An Uncompromising Ethic - 50% OFF https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/515877
Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs.