If an author gives you a free book, what are the chances you will purchase another from them?
Well, if you don’t like it because of the story, excessive use of profanity, content, poor (or no) editing, or it’s not your preferred genre, then the chances are zero.
It’s like those free samples at the supermarket (especially the fried ones). You have seen the product on the shelves but didn’t feel like forking out the $6.98 just to discover you don’t like Henry’s Cheeze-covered Olive Bombs*.
But, when given the chance at a risk-free** taste, you will give the sample the benefit of the doubt (the doubt being, I doubt that cheeze-covered olive bombs taste good) and pop that freebie into your mouth.
Now one of two things will happen:
- The taste delight will entice you to purchase a box of your new favorite product
- You will scrunch up your face, shake your head, and spit the vile tidbit into the minuscule napkin for disposal into the overflowing trash can, which, upon reflection, should have been a warning. That, plus the grimace from the unfortunate employee that drew the short straw in the morning meeting.
But wait, there is a third. You might be one of those shoppers who like the product but don’t want to spend the money when you can just go down the aisle, turn your jacket inside out, and go back for a second one (a third one if you happen to have a hat and glasses with you).
So, here are my free samples to try, the only risk being that you may not like them, and that’s OK, I appreciate you giving me a chance. But if you do, I hope you will try my other products and support me in my writing journey. Don’t forget to check out the other promos in aisles 3, 11, and 12.
*Not a real product.
**Nothing is risk free. Olive bombs are not da bomb.
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The story behind Free Book Friday:
I’ve met many authors and readers during my time marketing, cross-promoting, and blogging. I think writers have a responsibility to inform readers about all the indie authors out there in the very crowded world of book publishing. You can’t do it alone, and why would you when you have a supportive group available?
Readers don’t just read one author – they stick with their favorite genres. There lies the power in cross-promotion. If one of my readers buys a book from an author I promote, then chances are there will be a reciprocal effect, or so is the hope. Do I want to boost sales? Of course I do. Do I want to boost other’s sales? Why not. It’s called karma.
Some free book offers require a newsletter sign-up, which is a small non-monetary price to pay to try out a new indie author.
Winter Poetry Freebies Jan 16-Feb 12 : (Six participating poets)
Previous promos: Discover New Authors and Free Books.
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella trilogy, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.