Why Your Favorite Author Probably Can’t Give You a Free Book

Bethany House Fiction

It’s a dilemma that many in my circles are puzzling over: in today’s world, authors have nearly limitless creativity and research sources and opportunities to get their stories out to a wider audience…but fewer people are willing to pay for them.

I’m an administrator for a few dozen authors’ Facebook pages, and from time to time I glimpse notifications of another message with the same question, phrased in a few different ways: “Why is your book (or ebook) so expensive?”

If you’ve ever wondered that yourself—and I don’t blame you, because I did too before I started working in publishing—here are a few thoughts that authors probably want to say but feel they can’t, because it seems a little too direct, a little too self-serving (even though it really isn’t).

It’s the same reason restaurant owners can’t give you a free dinner: because that’s how they make a living. Sure…

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3 thoughts on “Why Your Favorite Author Probably Can’t Give You a Free Book

  1. Important thoughts – I wish I could lower the price on the paperback version of Corny Dog Jokes, but I only make a few cents on every copy of it at the price where it is. Any lower, and I would be losing money. Thankfully, the e-book version is much cheaper, so at least there’s another option.

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