Check out this article by Angela Ford on giving away your books for free. I’ve never been comfortable giving away my books except to my ARC / Beta Readers so I find her perspective interesting. I would love to hear other’s opinion on it though and to be provided with more resources to support the article. The comment left on the post poses a good question too.
What about you? Do you think authors should give their books away for free? Why or why not?
“In the indie author community, there’s a false mindset you have to give your books away for free before people will be willing to purchase them. If the first book in your series is free, someone will pay $0.99, $2.99 and even $5.99 for your full priced books. In truth, I’ve been seeing the opposite effect and heard from indie authors who have had the same experience. Here are some examples…”
So you all know that I always want to inform you of any changes taking place on the blog or when I’ve added something. So, just want to let you all know that I have added two new pages and a widget on the sidebar.
This page will list the current or upcoming Author Interviews or Guest Blog Features I’ve done / will do. And don’t forget. If you’re interested in interviewing me or allowing me space to guest post on your blog, hit my email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve created a page dedicated to signing up for my Newsletter called Send Me The First Chapter. Until I can get it on the sidebar like the normal people this will have to do. I am offering the first chapter of my upcoming YA, Historical Fiction Novel for free to those who would like to sign-up. The book does not release until 2017 and this page features the opening paragraph for a sneak peek.
Though I was unable to add the link to the sidebar, I have been successful adding the QR code! Scan it with your mobile for an easier way to access the sign-up form without having to visit the page.
Also, if anyone is having trouble navigating this site, any questions, comments, or concerns about loading or missing buttons, please let me know. I’ll do what I can to fix it. Excellence is priority.
Before I head to lunch, I just thought you should know there are 13 whole days left to enter for your chance to win in The Stella Spring Giveaway. A $25 Amazon Gift-card (Not an e-card, the real thing! You’ll even get a specialty gift box!) and all three paperback copies of my Trilogy (signed and with my special seal!) PLUS matching bookmarks…there’s a lot at stake here!
You can UNLOCK bonus entries when you support my social media. Don’t wait until the last minute!
You may remember the article I re-blogged from fellow blogger Colleen of Silver Threading when she spoke about the importance of an Author Media Kit. And so yall know I’m always looking for free resources right? I was looking for something completely off this subject and discovered this website filled with tons of information for authors and you won’t believe what I found. That’s right, a free editable author media kit. Of course, not everything that says free truly is free so I checked it out and guess what, it’s FREE!
Put your email address in and they will send you a free editable word template. Download the zip file and save it to your PC / Mac. (When you open it click “Enable Editing” to replace the information and pictures with your own) I would suggest creating a hard-copy Author Media Kit portfolio. Go to Wal-Mart or the dollar store and purchase a nice thick binder. Edit your free kit and print it out. If you could, get a professional author photo taken sometime in the future and add it to your portfolio.
Do we have time for a story? We do. Briefly, this discovery reminded me of women and nice clothes. I know, but hear me out. I always find it exciting that when I ask other women where they got their shoes or how they decorated their home, their answer tends to include bargain stores. Beautiful homes and lovely attire pieced together between Wal-Mart and the Goodwill. Bedroom sets and living room sets that look like they cost a fortune that somebody got from a garage sale. The moral of the story is that professionalism does not have to cost a lot of money. There are tons of free or extremely inexpensive resources available to help us to increase our professional image in just about every area.
So anyway, class dismissed. I’m going to get started on my free author media kit.
This was such a difficult decision that I decided to wait until the end of November to announce this month’s Freebie Giveaway. As I have stated, I am picking two winners of a free $10 Barnes & Noble eGiftcard: one supporter from the PBS Facebook Page and one supporter from followers of the actual PBS Blog. It really boiled down to 3 main supporters. Their constant interaction continued to make this a very close call. In the end, I stuck with those who’ve been persistent in this support for this month. I need the following people to verify their e-mail address to email@example.com for your FREE Barnes & Noble e-gift card. Congratulations to:
Constance aka TehilaYah
This is a sista who supports everything that I do. Wherever I am online she is right there following. The sista is following me on sound cloud and I don’t even have anything posted lol. That’s just how dedicated she is and I love her dearly. She’s usually the first one interacting with our FB page, the first to like a post, and she also supports the actual book series Pearls Before Swine (for those who didn’t already know this is also the title to my book series), keeping in contact, her inquiries into the progress of Part 2 keeps me on my toes. Congrats Sis!
The Chatty Rachel at:
What I like most about blogging is that I get to meet a lot of new people and I get to network on a variety of different levels. I have followers who are professional chefs thanks to Recipe Sunday, subscribers who are learning different languages, professional bloggers, editors, etc. One Blogger in particular I would like to highlight is The Chatty Rachel at: https://rachelbeingchatty.wordpress.com/author/thechattyrachel/
Rachel is a big supporter in the LIKE department with a funny blog of her own that has gained over 2,000 followers (Her About Pagehttps://rachelbeingchatty.wordpress.com/about/ ). Everything I post to my blog she likes. Her support proves that any amount of support is appreciated. Whether you subscribe to the blog, like the FB page or interact with the blog itself, every body part that does it’s job provides enough energy to keep the body moving and to keep it strong. By liking the content on this website, you help me to further understand whether or not the content is not just constant, but helpful in some way. It is because of the constant likes and comments that I know that this work is not in vain.
Yes! The November Freebie is officially announced! If you’ve read our “Contest” tab (yea, that cool tab right there at the top of the page between Contest & Meet the Cast), then you know that every now and again The PBS blog has a monthly drawing between it’s members, both those who are followers of our blog as well as those who Like our Facebook Page. Every so often, we randomly select two of our supporters for a chance to win a FREE gift! This Month, November, we are choosing ONE blogger and ONE Facebook Liker (since technically not all of our supporters are bloggers).
Each winner will receive a FREE $10 Barnes and Nobles Gift Card sent to their e-mail address. I know I know, not much huh? Wrong! If you know what you’re doing, you can buy tons of used books at very low prices if you know where to look. I once bought 5-6 books for less than $20 at B&N, you just gotta know how to bargain, know what I mean?
All you have to do is be a Supporter of PBS and you are automatically entered into our occasional monthly drawings.
We will be announcing this month’s winners real soon so watch your e-mails closely, you may just see your name!
Winners will be picked sometime before the end of this week. Will it be YOU?