Prepare for a long rambling rant with overtones of self-analysis.
I have written before about using free as a strategy, not a price.
Please, make business decisions based on evidence, a plan, not hoping and wishing.
I’ve read mention of people giving away tens of thousands of digital downloads of their book, and receiving a few dozen reviews and the equivalent of $700 in related sales.
If the effort involved is minimal and the reward is $700, I guess I can see that. I suppose I have to reserve judgment until I have more data.
Yes, I want lots of people to read my books.
What I don’t want is for lots of people to just line up and download my books. It’s not the same thing.
… more … “Free is Not a Price and Hope is Not a Business Plan”
Just had a great phone call with Joe Bunting, one of the founders of Story Cartel.
There was a flaw in my experiment, and it wasn’t until we were chatting that I realized it. Rather than telling you right away, I’ll make it into a long story because that’s what I do.
Last week, Joe emailed his regrets that Story Cartel hadn’t worked out for me, and asked if I’d have time for a phone call to chat about my experiment. As I mentioned in my response, he and Jeff Goins‘ reputations were one reason I opted to try Story Cartel. They’re a couple of guys who genuinely care about other writers and their readers. They’re not about making a quick buck, and that’s driven home by the fact that Joe took the time to ask me some good questions and really listen to the answers.
… more … “Story Cartel: A Postscript”