This is just my theory, but maybe readers expect free books because authors are ‘ten a penny’ and most are also desperate to get their books noticed? It brings to mind the novel ‘Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck, where there are so many families moving to California to seek a better life that when they seek work picking fruit, farmers pay them with food rather than with actual cash.
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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