Occasionally, I come across an article that I don’t want to believe. As I read, I’m resistant to the ideas proposed, until I come across a certain section that is undeniably true.
Lately, I’ve been offering links to other sites. I know you might click away to read them and forget about me, as you get caught up in the article, but I’m really, really interested in what you think about this one. Here’s a short clip of the article:
… Blogs now give advice to start-up writers, telling them to give their work away for free to gain audience share and get reviews, and only then attempt to raise their prices. The zooming prices here refers to the zooming down of prices. For example self-epublishers are now giving books away for free – see the Kindle Top 100 Free books. Furthermore, in this ecstatic push to self-epublish, there are hundreds of thousands of new ebooks for which there are almost no readers at all because they have zero visibility…
To read the entire article click this link: E-reads by Richard Curtis
Author’s Note: If what this article says is true, then it seems to me that maybe the best plan for the dedicated writer is to wait until all the amateurs in self-publishing get to the point of chucking all their dreams of fame and fortune. What do you think? Is it possible that a lot of the competition will disappear in the future? Is it possible that a lot of the slush will disappear with it? After all, how many people can live off a zero income?
I don’t think that readers will ever fall out of favor with their e-readers. But there is a ‘boom’ of writers giving away stuff. You know that’s true. All you have to do is publish something, and within hours your work is completely buried under by other books.
If it’s a Ponzi scheme, then who’s making the dough?