Even after all these years, I’m often asked why I don’t sell my books. Why they’re free.
Let me start out by saying every writer is different. They take a lot of time, countless hours to create their books, and they make their own choices on how they will share their work. And in turn, they may elect to charge a price for them.
There’s nothing wrong with that. I fully support whatever decisions they make, because it’s theirs to make.
But my answer is simple. I write because it helps me. It’s my therapy. I crave the creative process, the ability to unplug from life and become someone new. Marketing and advertising are added stressors that often leave me feeling overwhelmed, so the idea of throwing sales into the mix is, simply, too much.
Have you ever heard the concept of benefits should outweigh the complications? That’s exactly where the scales list in the wrong direction for me, negating the most important aspects of what I do.
My stories help me. Give me hope that my future might one day be better. Why jeopardize that?
On the other hand, readers may feel something similar. The escape for a reader may be therapy for them. And that shouldn’t come with a price tag.
Often, money is something that’s very precious to people, and not a luxury to spend. Especially now with our new post-COVID reality.
I don’t want money to stand in the way of someone’s escape. What use is it off they cannot read them? I want anyone who wants to delve into the world to have that opportunity. I want them to feel that escape, to enter that new world. And not worry how much money is left in their bank account.
Giving my books away is something I chose to do because I hope, maybe, they’ll touch someone like they’ve touched me. And everyone deserves that chance to see it. Feel it. Experience it.
Perhaps one day that will change, I don’t know. But for now, that’s why I do what I do, and will continue to give them away.
Until next time,
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