Well, folks – this very interesting experiment in marketing and promotion is about to wrap up today (at 11:59pm PST). As of the time of this writing, 640 ebooks were given away, which is equally exciting (because hopefully some of those people will actually read it and share it with others) and dismaying (because as much as I know how good it is to get the book out there to as many people as possible, it’s still difficult not to spend a couple seconds considering how much lost income that adds up to). I could link countless articles here about how the publishing world has changed and people don’t buy as many books as they used to (especially when there are so many ways to get them for free now) and go on about how the book is no longer the “product” but the author is (just like in music and film and so many other creative arts), but I know you already understand all of that. And actually, I don’t have any problems with the way things are now; I’m most definitely happy to have self-published (and don’t even need to call myself an “indie” writer or some other pseudo title to feel better about it), and while I would never say never to a book deal, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the business (and more importantly, myself) in this process and I’m glad I did it this way. From now on, I’ll always know that I can make it happen, in the way I want it to happen (and for not very much money).
As for the financial aspect, I’m not even going to act like I’m not trying to establish this as a source of income – but as you can see above, I’ve reduced the price of the ebook to 99 cents (effective tomorrow), and that is from the humble acknowledgement that the game is played differently now, and I’m not interested in being a sitting on the bench anymore. In fact, I’m even taking it to the next level – I’m getting the details worked out now for my own little book tour, and that means I might be coming to a city near you (if you live in the Northeast or West Coast of the U.S., that is). My experience at the book store here in Zürich the other day was a real eye opener for me – not that I wasn’t already thinking about coming to the States, but man…that was the final push to get me to put it into effect. I know that if I can talk with people in person, I’ll have much more fun than sitting here behind the digital divide trying to connect with all of you – and I think it will work out better for all parties concerned.
So, if you haven’t already picked up a free copy of the ebook, then head on over to the Amazon page today before the promotion is done (and for anyone that already has a copy, it is DRM-free, so you will always be able to share it freely with anyone you choose) – and I hope to see you in person real soon!