Please join me in welcoming today’s guest author — Lorrie Struiff
I’m a curious author with some sound advice about free books
Do you read multiple genres or do you stick to only one, two or three?
Do you follow your favorite authors only, or do you spread your reading wings and try a new author once in a while?
I’m asking because these questions float around in my mind. I’m such a curious person.
Me? I’m a multiple genre reader—very multiple. I do try new authors.
I only have a few hundred books in my E-reader, both purchased and free that I’ve been downloading over the past year. The freebies I see on Facebook and blogs are both from small press publishers and Indies. Again to satisfy my curiosity, I have read roughly over fifteen freebie short stories and novellas in the past few months.
I’m so glad I’m not always a reviewer. I figure if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
Please forgive my honesty. I do know there are many superb writers out there trying to sell their books on FB and blogs. I’ve read some of them, too, and have given a few reviews.
That said, some of the freebies I’ve been reading lately, well, let’s say I’m not impressed. Yes, yes, I know I have no room to talk, I’m no Hemmingway myself, but I am foremost a reader. Aren’t all writers?
Now, either some of the freebies are the authors’ early works and not their best, or worse–the stories are their best to date.
I know that I still have a lot to learn as writing is a growing process and you get better with each story you write, but…
Some of the freebies I have read have such a thin plot—if any– no substance to the story, and no tension, and most of all, a very weak climax. I go–huh? What did I just read? I call them a ‘nothing story.’ So disappointing. I won’t purchase a new “for sale” story by that author. Not after I just read a ‘nothing’ story by them.
Let’s get something straight. I’m not talking about the books small presses allow free dates for authors to give their books away for promotion. If they are promoting, the stories are usually worth reading. It’s a great opportunity to find a new author to follow.
But some of the authors, and I did say some authors, who they themselves give freebies away I believe are going to lose future readership.
So dear authors, please be careful what you offer to the readers. If you want to promote yourself as an author, give them a free good sample of your work to read.
I imagine I will get a lot of flak on this article, but, do you agree or don’t you?
Arrgh! Don’t beat me.
I’m almost afraid to promote my two short stories now. Lol. But, of course I will anyway.
From BooksToGoNow, I give you Wild Blackberries and The Last Dance.
And I will offer free, one of these short stories of choice in PDF format that you can convert, to one lovely commenter.
As a multi-genre author, let me tell you a little about them.
Morgan is researching on an Indian reservation in Prescott, Arizona, for her new paranormal novel. She doesn’t believe in the paranormal, but writes it for the trend and the nice royalties. That is until her soon to be divorced husband tries to kill her, and she survives by her wits and a little “strange” help.
On Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Wild-Blackberries-ebook/dp/B004C0554A/
Bren’ and Rip have been friends since they met. Now that they are in High School, Brenda finds herself in love with Rip. Growing up in the fifties seems idyllic but in this short story about love and loss, relationships can be more than simple crushes and sometimes young love isn’t enough.
On Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Dance-ebook/dp/B004O6MUNG/
Where you can find my other works.
Blog: http://lorriejuly.blogspot.com/—-Hit my published works page.
In case you are wondering, I live very near Pittsburgh, PA. I have been writing for over ten years and have led various workshops in my area. I write in my quiet den on my laptop and conjure up my fictional characters to give the readers, I hope, a satisfying read. What fun to see what trouble they get into and how they wiggle out of tense situations?
Thanks, Lorrie, for dropping by and sharing with us today. We wish you much success in your writing.