I was told by a friend and it became a mantra...
NEVER GIVE YOUR BOOK AWAY FOR FREE!
I'm breaking that rule, but first let me explain.
Years ago, I was writing and sending my stories to markets that paid absolutely nothing. Why? Simple. They would print me, I was getting published. A friend took me aside and explained. "Of course they'll print your stuff, you're giving it to them for free. You should be getting paid for your stuff, you're a good writer."
I finally wrote my first novel and it was published by a small publisher. I made money and life was good.
I wrote my second novel. After several rejections, I decided to self publish. I read everything I could about doing self-publishing and discovered John Locke's novel and how to sell my book for $.99.
Once more my friend came to my rescue. "Bob, you spent how much time writing this book? Do you feel that $.99 is valid price. What's your royalty? $.35?"
It was then I realized that I was practically giving my book away. Maybe John Locke could do that but then again, John Locke was a millionaire BEFORE he started writing. He had a "fan" base already established and some of them were very notable people. At that time, and even today, I didn't hob-nob with the rich and famous and I certainly had no way of swaying the owner of a major television or radio station to give me an interview.
So, I sell my books at a higher price. Maybe if I sold them at $.99 I'd sell more but I doubt it.
Amazon offered me the opportunity to list my book "Pangaea, Eden Lost" for free. They gave me five (5) days in a three (3) month period to do this. I saw no reason to give my book away - my mantra had kicked in. I was worth more than free.
So, as an experiment, after reading about a gentleman who offered his book free for one day only, gave away over 10K copies. He was releasing another book soon and wanted to get his name "out there."
Okay, I'm about to release a new book which I am finishing up and out in the next 30 days.
So, "Pangaea, Eden Lost" is going to be free on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.
Will I give away a lot of copies? This is the test. Maybe next week I can tell you how it all unraveled and my plot to saturate the reading world with my latest novel and get my name noticed - failed. Maybe next week I can tell you that my plot was a grand explosion to amaze me beyond belief.
If you've suffered this far - be sure to click this link on Weds - and Weds ONLY and make sure the price say $0.00 ... otherwise you'll be paying for the book and I'll be making some royalty. Of course, if you pay for the book and I get royalty, you'll still get a great read - one worth every penny you accidentally spent.
Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JH8MKMM/
If you do download my book, please read it and if you would, please take the time to give it an honest review when you finish. Thanks.
Until next I ramble on...