Caught in the act of offering Hell's Fire for free

So about a week ago, I wrote a blog about whether or not writers should give away their books for free. One person commented that book giveaways are good for getting reviews and getting one's name out there. If someone doesn't read your work, how will others know the quality of one's work? Also, this person said that if your book does well as a free download over a 24 hour period, the author may receive bestselling author status.

My response was that she was right, but there's a difference between giving away books for reviews versus giving away a free book to everyone.

So I went on my merry way, until I received an email from Smashwords who are having a Read an Ebook Week from March 4-10th. Authors are invited to sell their books at a discount or for free for a week. It sounded like a good promotional tool.

So now I was in a quandary. Would I lose credibility if I were to give away my 99 cent science fiction novella Hell's Fire for free? Would I stand to lose thousands of dollars? No, very doubtful! Would I feel good if people were interested enough to download my book? Yes.

So there you have it. I'm jumping on the bandwagon and joining the free ebook frenzy. Maybe I wasn't totally right the first time. I'll give it a try. Thanks, Malika!


Malika Bourne said...

thanks for the mention. I myself do not really know the answer. I just passed on what I had been reading from seasoned authors. Ebooks are something very new. I had published my novel in paerback while turning up my nose at the Ebook. I made a mistake.
I wish you luck with Hell's fire.
If you want a recomendation for an author to follow, check out Melissa Foster on Twitter to start. she is the founder of Women's lietary Cafe. I admire her as a role model as an author. Also Ellen Maze has a lot of helpful insight. Again, good luck and let me know how things go.

Sandra Yuen MacKay said...

Thanks Malika,
I haven't made it to Twitter yet! But maybe other readers will check out Melissa and Ellen.
All the best,