"Does she mean, FREE?"
Yep, I sure do!
I know you are wondering if this helped generate more downloads from Amazon...
Yep, it sure did.
Did I feel good about having to give my beloved children's book away for FREE?
No, I surely did not.
I understand this is a way to spread word about our work as authors but I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Only because I was debating on doing another FREE promotion. And when I saw my Twitter feed blowing up with fellow authors giving away their books at either a lower cost or for nothing, I changed my mind.
Because I don't think we should have to lower the bar when it comes to our most prized possessions.. our books.
I know some of my readers will disagree and that is absolutely fine. But my reasoning for not wanting to engage in such promotions any longer lies within the hard work and dedication that is put into creating a picture book. My sister, who illustrated my book, worked four months on the images to breathe life into them. And it took many edits and time to make my story perfect before being published.
And then there is all of the time I dedicate to school author visits and volunteer work. I think about the commitment I made to this industry and how far I have come. I have built my brand from the ground up so why should some people get to download my book for free while others have to pay for?
I have written one novel but this is a far cry from being ready for publishing. But once it is released, I am still unsure if I will ever lower the price from its original cost. I think about the mornings I woke up at 5am so I could write before the day job. I think about the weekends I spent indoors while people were out and about. I think about the heartache, the ups and downs, the pulling of hair, the fights and chaos going on inside my head which my characters created.
Are these things worth being paid for once the final product is polished and released into the world? I think so.
Plus, I feel like there are tons of people on Twitter always looking for a handout. When they see #FREE or #GIVEAWAY, they immediately click on the link. So when authors tweet the actual cost of their books, I think those people who are always looking for FREE are less inclined to pay for something.
And asking readers to pay anywhere from 2.99 to 8.99 for a Kindle copy of our books isn't too much, is it? We are providing them with entertainment, laughter, cries, and experiences, hopefully, they will never forget. Should these gifts be offered at a lower price?
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them!
Last week, I was nominated by C. Lee for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks, Lee! I'm honored.
Rules for this AWARD.
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
2. Display the award logo.
3. Nominate at least 15 other blogs (more or less) and provide
a link where they may be found.
4. Then, go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept (rules).
5. Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.
My Three Inspiring Things for the Past Few Weeks.
1. I attended the Celebrity Read Kick-off breakfast hosted by United Way. There were big time people who were also there and it was nice to celebrate the fact we would all be participating in a shared goal... to inspire children, especially within low income schools, to read and write. I'm visiting six schools this month!
2. I gave a brand new pair of ski gloves to a stranger because he needed them more than I did.
3. My muse is hounding me which is lovely! I've finished two children's book manuscripts in just two weeks!
1. JcCee Barney
2. Joy Ezeka
3. Sandra Cox
4. Quanie Miller
5. Kelly Hashway
6. Claudine Gueh
7. Paula Reed
8. Christina Z
9. Liz Blocker
10. Crystal Collier
11. Sarah Boucher
12. Meradeth Houston
13. Beth Ellyn Summer
14. Chrys Fey
15. Marc Kravets