By Angela J. Ford
Dear Indie Authors,
Please stop giving away your books for free.
One of the popular reasons authors give away books for free is to build a readership, and to increase the sale through of other books in their series.
However, there’s one problem with free books. If you want to make money with your books, giving them away for free is an issue because subconsciously you’re teaching your audience that your book is essentially worth nothing.
In the indie author community, there’s a false mindset you have to give your books away for free before people will be willing to purchase them. If the first book in your series is free, someone will pay $0.99, $2.99 and even $5.99 for your full priced books. In truth, I’ve been seeing the opposite effect and heard from indie authors who have had the same experience.
Here are some examples: