This week the topic is:
What’s your opinion on authors giving away their books for free?
My opinion changes on this one. To start with I decided not to give away any books for free. I came to the conclusion that $1.95 (the price I settled on in 2015) was not too much to pay for one of my books, and readers did buy a fair few. In 2015 I sold 1142 books, and just under 1000 in 2016 (in August 2016 I had my best ever month at 179 books sold).
Then the rot set in during 2017 with pirated copies everywhere on the Internet. I received almost daily Google notifications that my books were ‘free’ for downloading, even though I had not authorised this. I decided to try and draw honest readers in by offering one of my books for free during February, March and May 2017. All…
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