They have their reasons.
There are now more than 24 newletters or blogs that list free e-books. Authors can get on-line publicity for giving away a digital download that costs them nothing.
That’s the reasoning, but I have reservations. I don’t worry about those who might have paid for my book and now won’t. No, I worry about those that have paid and will feel a cheated to learn they didn’t have to.
But what if it works? Two new writers in the area claim to be making good money off books after a free offer. They’re talking quit-the-day-job “good money. “
So I decided to publish Nine Best Poems just to give it away. Yes, it’s listed on Amazon at $1.98, but anyone can get it absolutely free July 20 and 21 on Amazon. The book contains my best poems—nine of them—with illustrations from www.clipart.com. (A one-week subscription giving me permission to use images in print cost $13.95.)
From Garth Wright, a sci-fi author from Buhl, I learned that Author Marketing Club has links to the sites that provide notices of e-book giveaways.
I was ready to begin.
Ready, that is, if I could find a way to tell Amazon we were going to give my books away. Kindle Direct Publishing flouts these promotions as a reason to publish through them, but I explored every nook, cranny and link at http://authorcentral.amazon.com without finding that elusive check box. Then Jane Freund, Boise author and publisher, showed me http://www.kdp.amazon.com –I had an account there, with check boxes, that fed off my Author Central account.
Once Amazon agreed that the giveaway is going to happen, I tackled that list of 24 newsletters and blogs.
I soon learned that most aren’t looking to feature a 25-page self-published poetry books. Who would have figured? Some will mention only books over a certain length; others, only kids’ books or Christian romance books. Some don’t even recognize poetry as a genre—I told them Nine Best Poems was a humor book.
Some sites say they will feature only books of quality UNLESS you paid them $5, or $10, or even $15; in which case, you were guaranteed space and the readers would never know that anything but your breathless poetry or prose had earned the posting.
Several sites require that a book have three reviews on Amazon and a rating of four stars or above. Others wanted a real review, the kind in magazines for librarians.
A few sites wanted notices 14 days in advance of the free promotion. One, however, wouldn’t accept a listing until the day the book was available free.
Most wanted authors to sign up to receive their publication. So that’s one more thing I will be learning. How will receiving 12 daily e-newsletters about free books affect my productivity as a writer? Can I keep the fact that there are thousands of writers vying for readers’ attention from discouraging me? .
Learning is what art–and life–is all about.