I did the Kindle Freebie campaign, and I had a vision of the future. I mean, it worked. I had almost 4,000 hits, and sold fifty books. OK, that doesn’t make my book “Fifty Shades of Gray,” but for a small-press author on her first go, it’s not chopped liver either! I have buddies who mock at small presses, and scoff at reading on a device instead of a real book (“The whole tactile experience! turning the pages! Making margin notes! Irreplaceable!”) I say, as a person with allergies to dust and mold, and a love of reading my iPad under the covers, and who likes to take ten books on vacation with her the hardcopy book is in for some serious competition.
So I am pretty content, and am gearing up to do another Freebie campaign when Kindle allows me to. Thanks to all the sites that allowed me to list the book either at a reasonable cost or gratis. A brave new world of low-priced, tree-saving e-books, e-publicity that does not involve hardcopy or agents, could be a happy place for writers in the near future. I’m glad I have begun to explore it.