Our books are not free!

The biggest event on facebook, I’ve seen in a while! and it starts soon!

https://www.facebook.com/events/206705409792190/

Sorry facebook for the double tap. Well worth it I think. 🙂

I’ve had the best time since we launched TSK’s second book in December, with a really well laid out plan of attack and some well-placed blogs and adds, we’re doing okay, sales and KU reads are really steady! and I’m proud of that.

But in the launch I did what most authors do, I had giveaway prizes. I love and will always love doing things for others if they REALLY want them, but I gave away between 2 events over 16 audiobooks, out of those prize winners only 6 actually have claimed their books.

These books cost a tonne of money to produce, and each gift costs around $20 or £20 (we’re almost even in cash value)

So I gave away £200 worth of goods, that no one really wanted.

So when a facebook friend decided enough was enough and she shared her idea on this event, I fully supported her, and I’m very proud of the gathering that is involved with this event.

Writing is not easy, it’s fun… sure.

It can be highly stressful too.

It is expensive.

To compete in the real world we have to pay out for many things.

Editing,

Cover art…

Proofing.

Marketing.

Our time is worth something.

Yet, all the time, artists and not just in the writing world are berated and asked for stuff for free.

My other qualm was before my book launch in December I took part in a big event for a $100 amazon gift card. We gathered email addresses for our mailing lists, which was fab.

However in January and up to date, because I gave my email address in, I’ve had over 350 emails, with authors GIVING books away for free 😦

I am very saddened by this, and it has to stop.

We are worth it!

Our time is worth it. You as a reader want hour after hour of entertainment, right?

But you won’t pay more than 2.99 ?

What’s that coffee cost you there, that you’re drinking? how much is that barista on per hour?

Yeah, you get my point, right?

I love my readers, and I love my fans, the comments and notes I get all over social media make my day, but I have to eat, I have to put a roof over my head.

Hugs to you all, and I really, really hope you guys will support this fab event.

I’ve got spending money tonight! So I’m going to buy some amazing books from some of these fabulous authors!

 

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Friday :)

All I can say is thank Crunchie…. 

 

Been such a busy week. I actually started falling asleep on the couch last night at 8pm. I know sometimes I am easily wiped out, but really? 

 

So today I have had a nice afternoon kip, and I can now stay up a bit later. 

 

Not too much planned for this weekend, so I can catch up on the stuff I know I’ve missed out on this week. I owe a few people some reading crits, so I’ll have to catch up with those and then down to some serious editing. Lots to do and just not enough time in the day. 

 

How was everyone’s evening last night? I know we don’t celebrate it as such, but its nice to see all those out there that do. A nice meal and a cake for hubby and an early night for me. Was still up at 5 for work, cleaning my van early on a friday is better. Cleaner water rather than being stuck with the rest of them 🙂 

 

Had a cracking day selling my pasties, pies and sarnies… it finally is picking up from the Xmas slump. yippie… hate it when it goes down, but that is sales for you. 

 

So, off to celebrate my V day. Night all. x x