I’m beginning to wonder if giving away books in all the contests and blog interviews has been a good idea, generally speaking. I think it can certainly win a new fan if a book winner reads and enjoys your book and then decides to purchase all the rest.
But the bigger picture is telling—most authors are struggling, even the big authors are seeing lackluster sales. Is it because the market is saturated with too many books? Or perhaps we have introduced the idea of free books and readers don’t want to pay for books when they can get them free by simply entering the plethora of free book drawings at innumerable blogs meant to promote authors.
Have we created a culture of readers who feel we should give our books away? Even if we have, there’s no turning back now. What’s done is done. But there a way to thank authors for their free books and perhaps turn the tide.
I’ve seen quite a few memes around social media that repeat the same message. Here’s one:
The best way to thank an author is to write a review. Whether you received the book as part of a giveaway or you purchased the book, authors need those reviews, and we need others to share with friends and families so that we can all be happy and well-fed and most importantly–we can afford to keep writing!
Elizabeth Goddard is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five romance novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, THE CAMERA NEVER LIES–a 2011 Carol Award winner. She loves writing romantic suspense stories filled with action and adventure! To receive news and updates about her latest releases, sign up for her Great Escapes newsletter!