Over the past week, I have seen and read several posts regarding readers wanting and demanding that authors basically toil over their craft, pour their heart and soul into their stories, pay to have that bundle of words edited, formatted, and covered in a beautiful cover, and then give it away….for FREE. What?!
I will be the first to admit, I love a free book as much as the next person…IF that is the author’s choice to offer said book for free. The key word here is CHOICE. And the person that gets to choose if that happens is the author. It is their baby, their work, their choice. Never would I demand that they write for free. Even before writing my first book, Beyond the Veil of Whispered Dreams, I knew how hard putting pen to paper and producing something readers would want to read would be.
No one asks a band to perform without paying them. No one would ask a mechanic to fix their car for free. No one would ask a painter to create their portrait or landscape for free. No one would ask a photographer to capture those special moments for free. To think that authors owe readers free books is just plain asinine. To return a book after it has been read is just plain theft.
I have had a couple of sales on my book. However, I will never give it away for free. FREE doesn’t pay the bills. FREE doesn’t help pay for the costs of getting the next book out. FREE is not free to the author. They have doled out a tidy little sum to get their book baby to press and FREE does nothing but dig the finance hole a little deeper.
Support your favorite authors. Find some new ones. Buy their books. They are not out to gouge you. They are trying to make a living doing what they do best, the same way you are trying to make a living doing your job. Don’t ask authors to do what you wouldn’t do by demanding they work for free.
Until next week…..Happy Reading!