Readers are right to expect free books.

Please don’t read this blogĀ title and shoot me! šŸ™‚

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More and more authors areĀ getting frequent complaints their books are priced too high. Some have even said they are asked why their book isn’t free. In today’s market, people expect free books. That is aĀ simple fact,Ā and I can see why.

The book world is completely oversaturated with free books. As a reader, I could get by with never buying another ebook again if I didn’t want to. I have the BookBub app on my phone. If you haven’t downloaded the free app, I would highly recommend it. I get daily announcements to let me know which books are out there for free. Yay! I love free!

Free books are a great marketing strategy for writers. It’s a proven method for getting readers to try one of your books. Some of them will even come back and purchase a book from us starving writers. Thank goodness! Someone actually bought my book!!!

With that said, free books are also a strategy for struggling authors or new authors to get people to read their books. They aren’t giving the books away for a set timeĀ frameĀ as a promotion. The books are simply free. The author does not want any reimbursement at all. What they want is readers to read them. They are desperate to get their name out there.

And guess what? These authors are still struggling even though they are giving the product away! That’s how oversaturated the market has become. Free books should be easy to give away, but sadly, that’s not the case.

Have you noticed all the constant contests out there? All readers have to do to win a free book is leaveĀ a comment, but many will not be bothered. That’s too much effort when they can click over on Amazon at any given time and pick from a whole list of free books. Why enter a contest they might not even win?

I’ve seen New York Times/USA Today bestselling authors announce on Facebook they are giving away 30 free copies of their new release. Why? They need reviews, and readers aren’t willing to take the time to leave a review without a little bribery. They are busy folks. I can understand. I bet those authors, though they are very popular and very successful, still have problems getting reviewsĀ evenĀ giving away their product for free.

So, where does this leave authors? Is it possible to make a living in a market where the value of our product has decreased to free? It seems very few authors make a living in this industry.

I love reading free books as a reader, but as an author, if I can’t sell my product, I can’t pay my bills. The book market is getting super tough, my friends. What are your thoughts? Are readers right to expect free books?

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Fun Summer Giveaways are Here!

Guess what, friends? Summer is my favorite time of year! To celebrate, I’m giving a free e-book away on Facebook every Friday all summer long…starting today!

The winner will be chosen from my Facebook followers. To win, all you have to do is like my page. If you are already a follower, be sure to leave me a comment that you would love a free book! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Destiny-Booze/152893818389

Winners get to choose any format of electronic book from the following five options:

1. An advanced copy of Against the Game (Coming Soon!)

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2. Altered Beginnings

Cover Art for Altered Beginnings

3. Predetermined Endings

Cover Art for Predetermined Endings

4. Accelerating Circumstances

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5. The Curse of a Mind

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Would you like to read a blurb or an excerpt before making up your mind? Visit http://www.destinybooze.com.

Are you a fool for romance? There are huge book giveaways going on. Come see…

11081532_444099339086107_2011125838_nI will be at A Fool for Romance’s Facebook Party today, beginning around noon (Eastern time). There will be free books, folks! Be sure to drop by. I will be there chatting, answering questions, giving away free books, and other fun stuff! The grand prize is a $100 Amazon gift card to be drawn 4/1/15!

https://www.facebook.com/events/347758815419017/

Giveaways ALL Summer Long!

Okay friends,

Last Summer, I gave away free books every Friday. I had so much fun that I decided to get back into the giving spirit this Summer. To make it just a little more interesting, the picks will be completely random. It could be any day at any time for as many people as I decide. You like that? It’s going to be super fun!

To enter for a chance to win, all you have to do isĀ “like” my facebook page. Fans will be randomly selected from my page. It’s that simple and that fun.Ā Good luck! Drawings will being tomorrow! šŸ™‚

https://www.facebook.com/consulatecareers#!/pages/Destiny-Booze/152893818389

Published in: on June 27, 2012 at 10:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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