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So yeah, I've made my debut novel FREE. There are several legit reasons why this is a bad idea. Many say it's a terrible thing to do. Readers might download the heck out of your freebie, but there's not much incentive to actually read it. And if they do read it, they probably weren't necessarily your target audience and they will just trash you when they write a review...IF they even write a review.
Giving your book away for free just makes readers expect free stuff all the time. It hurts the entire industry, and it will probably cause climate change.
My reason for making Dragonfly Warrior free is pretty simple. I decided to do some kind of marketing, and this is the best I've got. Book Bub turned me down. As did E-Reader News Today (which is weird because they've promoted me in the past). So after last month's post about me being too burned out to promote the third book in my series, I decided to do SOMETHING that wouldn't take a whole lot of effort.
I figure if it doesn't work, I'll make it $2.99 again and figure something out. It never hurts to try.
In an ideal world, two positives will come out of this:
1) I will get more reviews (and hopefully several 4 and 3 star ones. Having all 5 stars kinda looks suspicious)
2) Readers will want to continue the series and pick up Shadow Warrior (Vol 2) and Iron Warrior (Vol 3)
But I've got my doubts. I look at my own Kindle, and I see a graveyard of free books I downloaded but haven't read. I've got tons! When I read, there's more incentive to read something I paid actually money for. I tell myself, "I'll get to those freebies later." Ha. Yeah right.
I have to be honest with myself. I'm fairly sure a majority of those downloading Dragonfly Warrior probably won't read it. But hey, if a few readers like it and want to continue reading the other books, I'll count that as a victory.
Have you made any of your books free? If so, how did it go? Or are you against giving away your work for nuthin'? You poured your blood, sweat, and tears into your masterpiece, and darnit, that's gotta be worth at least 99 cents! Let me know what you think!