Saturday, August 24, 2013


There's discussion in the indie book world these days about the efficacy of freebies.   Writers who use this method of promotion hope that readers will download a free e-book, maybe the first in a series, and then go on to purchase the rest of the series.   Even better, enjoy the book and write a favourable review.

Alas, the best-laid plans of mice and men!   It seems some people, generally disgruntled people dissatisfied with their life but seemingly unable to make changes, find some relief in downloading free e-books, reading or not reading them, and then leaving one star reviews, heavy on generalized insults and denigration.   How strange!  These poor reviews can have an impact on future sales of that particular book when it is no longer free.   To add insult to injury, the follow-up actual sales--the ones involving money changing hands--have been greatly diminished even without negative reviews.   

Here's a literary agent's take on the freebie issue.

I came across freebies on vacation but they always required you to purchase something, usually for at least $30. before being given the freebie which turned out to be a keychain with a small surfboard hanging off it.   Even if you fell for this ploy, there would be no place to review it.   I deprived myself of this opportunity but someone else was pleased to share or should I say, spare me.   I thought one of the best freebies on Maui was the free parking, right beside the tropical beaches with the golden sugar sand and the overhead palm trees.

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