Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Should Authors Give Their Books Away?


I sent out four paper copies of PATRIOT'S PRIDE on Saturday to readers who were picked for a Goodreads Giveaway. I'm hoping I'll get four reviews, but I know I'll be extremely fortunate if I do. I still believe the Goodreads Giveaway program is a great way to get people to notice my books. 556 people signed up for the giveaway and 286 people added the book to their lists. However, last year I ran a giveaway for PATRIOT'S HEART. While 365 people signed up for the contest, and I sent away four free copies of the book, I didn't get a single review from any of the winners--yet. I suppose there's still hope.

Honest, fair reviews are difficult to obtain--unless there's money involved. Though I don't see how someone can be objective when cash is a requirement.

There are many authors who refuse to give their books away for free, while there are an equal number who feel it is part of a sensible plan to entice readers to become fans.

Below is one author who lists the pros and cons of free books.
http://jefflaferney.blogspot.com/2015/05/should-indie-authors-give-their-e-books.html

What do you think? Should an author give away books or not?

4 comments:

Emily Paige Skeen said...

Good read. I have to agree that giving away books devalues the author's work. I've just recently had to reevaluate my own writing service fees because I realized I wasn't giving myself enough credit. And if I don't value my own work, how can I expect other people to?

Penelope Marzec said...

Emily:

Writers should expect some remuneration for their work. It's only fair. :-)

RTrogner said...

Hi Penelope, I haven't had great success with giving books out for review, unless I know the person. The reviewers are usually swamped and have a TBR pile that's close to the ceiling, so it's iffy whether they get to your book or not.

Penelope Marzec said...

RTrogner:

Yes, getting reviews is like pulling teeth. Book bloggers are inundated with books. Usually, other authors are willing to review my book if I review theirs. I very rarely get reviews from random readers. :-(