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Why Do Authors Make Their Books FREE?

Written By: Jackie Weger - Aug• 01•17

This question pops often in forums… Here are the answers often posted…

 

  • Because they don’t know any better
  • To maximize downloads because they don’t care about money
  • Advisers telling newbies giveaways are the best career decision
  • People think the author is begging for sales
  • Because the books are worthless
  • I never price any of my books for free

FACT: None of these answers are helpful and some are out right lies by omission. Take the last on the list. The author who never prices books for free–can’t! Nope. That author is under contract and has NO control over the price of his/her books. I checked. And all are sucking mud to China in stats…perhaps selling one or two a year.

A To-Do List on Steroids~NOT

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jul• 03•17

Plotting  a book’s life for the second half of the Year of the Rooster ~ 2017

All about Love, Fortune and Compatibility.

99c On Sale now! The Sheriff’s Woman 99c.

The first half of 2017 is used up~gone! Telling you up front, I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions…except sideways, such as: Don’t buy a swimsuit. That’s a top tier resolution because then I don’t have to declare a diet to fit in the thing.  I did promise myself I’d recover my dining room chairs. Got one done. I’m good.  As for my writing, I hoped in the deepest recesses of my heart, I’d finish a WIP and get it published.  That’s happening. The Sheriff’s Woman has been through editing, is in the hands of my formatter and the ebook cover is in hand.

The Ghost Who Wouldn’t Be

Written By: Jackie Weger - Apr• 17•17

The Ghost who wouldn’t be…

…a conversation with Lottie Mae Roberts from The House on Persimmon Road

Lottie Mae Roberts

It is almost four years on since the House on Persimmon Road was published. Fans and readers have asked dozens of questions about Lottie, who in hind site took over the novel. So, I’ve returned to the House on Persimmon Road in late Spring, not as a writer, but as a guest.  Wearing an apron, the bib straight-pinned to her cotton house dress, and a pleasant expression, Lottie welcomed me into the house. The grand hall seemed larger than I recalled.  The old floors gleamed, the walls painted a rich cream. I asked what changes Tucker and Justine had made. Lottie opened a door on the south wall. “This was my linen room. Now it’s an indoor bathroom. Can’t even hang my herbs to dry in season. Used to have lavender, mint, sage, marigold and such.”

The Art of Being Poor–2nd Edition

Written By: Jackie Weger - Mar• 07•17

Pennies to Dollars

What is “Poor” anyway?

Snip KrisKristine Kathryn Rusch aka Kristine Grayson who writes wonderful paranormal romances in addition to the popular blog kriswrites.com posted a telling article this week titled: Business Musings: Writer Finances Versus The Paycheck World. Kris is speaking of writers who made a mint early in our digital universe and now they don’t.  Back in 2011 and 2012, an indie author who ran a book FREE and  snagged Bookbub  could depend upon hitting bestseller stats, plus many saw royalties in the six figures. Here’s why: In 2012 a FREE download counted as a full sale/priced book when the free unit returned to priced on Amazon.  Then Amazon changed the algorithms that a free downloaded unit counted as one-tenth of a full sale/priced book. That leveled the playing field. Too, many of those books that hit the best seller lists did not measure up to what many readers consider Best Sellers.

The Art of Being Poor

Written By: Jackie Weger - Feb• 25•17
My newest release. 2.99 or read free with Kindle Unlimited

My newest release. 2.99 or read free with Kindle Unlimited

There really is an art to being poor.

It’s funny that for most of my life I had no idea that I was poor or lived in poverty. True, I was raised poor, married poor, had a slew a kids and so stayed poor. I budgeted every nickel. Now here’s the thing. My parents came from good families. Working stock. My grandfathers owned their own businesses. All had been through the Depression. Money was tight. Next along came World War II and my uncles and dad went into the military.  We had coupons for every shortage–shoes, fabric, sugar, butter, gas. I had my first stick of gum after the War. Juicy Fruit. One pair of buckled sandals got us through summers, otherwise we went barefoot. A six ounce Coca Cola was 6 cents and a treat.

First Back Porch Cyber Chatter 2017

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jan• 26•17
Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel Authors gather to share our books.

Welcome again to Back Porch Cyber Chatter. We are having an absolutely sensational spring-like day in my corner of Texas. I thought I would start the chatter by talking about some great books by some top tier authors soon to be arriving on our bookshelves. A few are already available for your reading pleasure.

First up is eNovel Authors at Work very own USA Today best selling indie author, Donna Fasano.  The Inheritance is available now on pre-order on all sales venues. This is book number 3 of a heart-tugging series you don’t want to miss. The writing is superb. Cathy Whitley and Brad Henderson will live in your heart long after THE END.

My Book Life Goals for 2017 ~ A To Do List

Written By: Jackie Weger - Jan• 19•17
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Amazon Kindle Fire–where I want my books to live…

FOUR RESOLUTIONS FOR 2017

There have been huge changes in our indie universe over the past several years.  Especially within Amazon. We’ve seen 1000’s of reviews removed, click-bait books come and go; Kindle Unlimited arrived in 2014, KENPC ~ pay by pages read in 2015. Each time there’s been a change, I tell myself stick with the basics to market my books. I have and I’ve sold books. Not in the millions, but steady on.

Bargain and Free Romances from Best Selling Authors!

Written By: Amy Vansant - Nov• 28•16
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Welcome to Accent on Romance

Written By: Jackie Weger - Nov• 01•16
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WELCOME! Back to Accent on Romance. For new visitors: Hello! Extending to you a warm welcome. Let me take a second to introduce you to my blog/newsletter. If you don’t like what you see or find it is not for you, scroll  down and unsubscribe. No hard feelings. I get it.  But you are gonna miss some good stuff!

Book Promotions ~ Indie Authors Report Results

Written By: Jackie Weger - Oct• 22•16

The hot question among indie authors is: Where can I get the best promotion results for my ebooks?

This is  the first in a series of blogs that will answer that very question.  Right here you will hear the facts and figures from the authors themselves.

Back Porch Cyber Chatter

Welcome to the Cyber
Porch where eNovel authors gather to chat.