Christmas is a time for giving.
As anyone who follows me knows, I’ve made my short story ‘STRANDED‘ perma-free, and it’s available to download from all good e-reader stores. It will remain free for the rest of its e-book life. I have no intention of ever charging for it. It’s a short story, for anyone who loves hot and erotic romance and reads eBooks. That’s my gift to you, the reader.
I support other authors by offering blog space to help promote their books. I share it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. I retweet and share posts. I review books that I’ve read on Goodreads & Amazon. I buy books. That’s my gift to you, the author.
And, I’d like to invite other authors and readers to join me on the “giving” spree. It doesn’t have to cost you anything. There are plenty of free ways to give back to the literary community.
As an author, I regularly reach out to readers to say thank you – either directly if they’ve contacted me, or through the power of social media if it’s an anonymous sale. (I can’t see who’s buying my books!) As a reader, I regularly reach out to authors to do the same, because I know how hard it can be. Writing is a lonely job, and there are so many times when we feel like giving up. Reaching out and sending a single email / tweet with words of encouragement could make a huge difference to your favourite author.
Reviews are worth their weight in gold. They don’t have to be lengthy or particularly well-written. A single sentence is appreciated. The important part is that it gets put on sites like Amazon US / UK. Reviews are a way for readers to communicate with authors – I know that I read every single one that I receive. We use them to better ourselves and work on the bits you didn’t like. But more than that, they help that title get seen by other readers.
I have a love-hate relationship with money. I wish it didn’t exist, but unfortunately, we all need it to pay the bills. Writing is a career. For many, it is a full-time job. It’s not a hobby. Yes, we’re lucky enough to be self-employed in a job we love, but only if it pays the bills. I’ve known so many excellent writers to give up because they don’t have the time to concentrate on writing. It sounds mercenary and perhaps selfish, but it’s necessary. To continue to write, we need the sales. Buy an eBook for yourself, buy a print book as a present for someone else. Even the smallest of sales help.
Authors aren’t rich. For every $2.99 book I sell, I receive maybe $1, depending on my contract. Even self-published authors don’t get 100% of sales – they get a 35%-70% royalty, again depending on the contract they have with their sellers, and whether it’s an eBook or paperback. Point of fact – eBooks provide you with a higher revenue as there is less cost into creating it. It’s not uncommon for a traditional publisher to offer 10%-20% royalties on a $9.99 paperback, but 40% on a $2.99 eBook.
Can you afford to buy a new book? Fabulous – treat your favourite author to a new sale. Are you as skint as the rest of us? Leave a review, or send a message to your favourite author, letting them know that you appreciate them.