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Why Do Authors Make Their Books FREE?

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.

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Back Porch Cyber Chatter with Jenny Harper

 

Some authors have more exciting lives than the characters in their books.

Jenny Harper is one of them.

Jenny Harper

Visit Jenny’s blog in the UK. Have a nice trip!

Jenny Harper lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, was born in India and grew up in England. She has been a non-fiction editor, a journalist and a businesswoman. She’s written a children’s novel and several books about Scotland. Nowadays she writes contemporary women’s fiction with bite– complex characters facing serious issues.

A writer’s path is littered with obstacles

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What the heck is ThunderClap?

New promotional sites and new ways to promote our indie books are popping up all the time. Some are money sucks and some are sensational.

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Amazon unleashes new subscription program: Kindle Unlimited

Jackie Weger

Jackie Weger

Unleashed July 18, 2014 on all indie authors published in KDP Select on Amazon and Amazon readers, too,  Kindle Unlimited is a new subscription service. $9.99 a month. Readers can download unlimited titles for $9.99 as opposed to Amazon Prime that allows only a single title borrow per month. Critical to authors–in order to get paid a portion of the global fund $ set aside in KOLL, a reader must read at least 10% of the book.  Subscribers to  Amazon Prime need only to ‘borrow’ the title for the author to get a royalty. No reading required. Indie authors across the internet and in blogs and forums are looking askance at Kindle Unlimited and wondering what the heck it means. Asking how they’ll get paid for the download–if ever.

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RoadBlocks to Indie Author Success

Jackie Weger

Jackie Weger

 

Here I am again on my back porch in my cyber rocking chair–and no company. Last time I was out here, it was storming. Today everyone I invited is up to Fourth of July festivities. It is a little over a year now that I have been an indie author. I’ve learned about the ropes, the hopes and the dopes.

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Learning the Ropes: Who Tied the Dang Knots?

Jackie on the banks of the Fowl River, Alabama

Jackie on the banks of the Fowl River, Alabama

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