The publishing industry has gone bat-shit crazy. Perma-free and 99 cent books everywhere – and these authors/publishers are paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars to promote their free/discounted books!
I’ve tried it. I can’t say I didn’t try. But I won’t do it anymore. I have this sick feeling in my stomach that we are simply devaluing ourselves as authors. We are content providers. We deserve more than this.
So maybe my (gasp! ) over-99 cent books will never be discovered by thousands.
I’ll keep enjoying making you few loyal readers laugh & cry & relate…and I’ll go find some freelance magazine work. ‘Cause books, baby, they don’t pay when you’re small-time (although I love and feel blessed to do what I do).
I’ll continue to do free ebook giveaways every few months, and paperback giveaways because I love to surprise readers with those, and will always offer free articles on my blog, and 1 free work on Wattpad.com to give readers a feel for what my writing style is like, but that’s that. Enough. No perma-free.
Pay the writer.
Writers, respect yourself and your works.