That is the question an author was asking in a book marketing group on LinkedIn. There were many opinions as is often the case in any group. The author was concerned about giving it away because of all the hard work he put into it. I could hardly blame him because I understand the process.
In case, you don’t understand what goes into creating a book let me explain it to you. There is research whether it is fiction or nonfiction, in nonfiction the author usually has many years of education and experience behind them. A fiction writer could spend a fortune learning on various writing techniques. A book requires many, many, many hours to write, rewrite, and rewrite. It takes time to find and craft the perfect words into a sentence.
A few authors find publishers, who will foot the bill, unfortunately, they also have control of the content, cover, and title - even if the author does not like it. Many authors are choosing the self-publishing route to become Indie authors and the cost comes out of their pocket. What are the cost? Editing is a must for a good book and it is hard to edit your own work. I am fortunate that my Father, who is a retired English professor and editor, will edit my first draft. I have another editor and she does my final draft. Some authors will pay out hundreds to thousands to get editing done.
Covers sell the books, a homemade cover rarely does. Book covers can cost from $35.00 to $500.00 depending on the cover designer. Technical savoy authors will format their own eBooks and paperbacks. I have done my paperbacks, but the eBooks formatting looks too difficult for me. I rather pay someone than spend days trying to figure it out. The cost can be anywhere from $35.00 to...
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... be some balance between free and paid. The next time you want something for nothing, put yourself in the other person shoes and ask yourself would you give away your time and skill. Often things you pay for have more value. When someone gives you something for free, please be grateful for their gift.
I do believe that it is good karma to give some things for free. I have the free class “The 3 F’s of Love” that you get when you subscribed to my newsletter. And of course this author has a free eBook “Pamela’s Love Collection.” You can find the links for the book on my website or at Amazon (US only), Smashwords, iBooks, Barnes and Nobles, Google Play, and Kobo.. On my website www.pamelacummins.com you will find the information about my weekly radio show and where you can submit a free love or dream question that could be chosen for two other monthly columns I write.
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