Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
A couple of weeks ago I asked the mostly rhetorical question, If giving away books doesn’t yield sales of your other books, or new reviews, why are you giving away books?
I came away, after a robust discussion in the comments, thinking that there is no reason to give away books if there’s no feedback from it, on one level or another. Someone said something like, But isn’t it great that people are downloading and reading your work?
But the thing is, there’s no evidence that they’re reading the books. Downloading the freebies didn’t cause them to either review the freebies or to buy one of my other titles (at comparatively low prices, by the way). The free copies just escaped into the void, and that was the end of it.
In 2019, I gave away about a hundred free copies overall. As a promotional tool, it simply had no effect.
So, I’ve regrouped and slapped a nominal charge on my two formerly free books, Our Children Are Not Our Children (now 99 cents) and In No Particular Order (now $1.29). Someone even purchased the latter right off the bat!
Now, everybody knows we’re not in this for the money, right? As an indie author, you’re not going to be quitting your day job, but the more I do this, and the more I think about motivation, I’m sure the coin of this realm is feedback. Appreciation. Reviews. Some indication that people are reading the work and enjoying it.
With that in mind, and possibly contradicting everything I’ve just said, I’m making Eternity Began Tomorrow available for free next weekend, Friday through Sunday. It needs new readers and new reviews, so if you’ve been leaning toward it but haven’t quite been able to pull the trigger, now’s your chance.
Don’t worry. I’ll remind you on Friday.