What does free mean to you? An exciting chance to try something new? Or does the word suggest cheap items? Recently, I put my novella The Bride and the Brute on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other sites for free. My goal was to thank my readers for their loyalty. That’s all.
For the most part, readers of my novella have been supportive, they enjoyed the story and the characters (even though the common theme throughout their comments and reviews was that it was too short). However, there have been a few that said something to the effect that ‘it was free’, as if this meant the writing and/or the quality was not up to par. This shocked me. Really.
Free never meant that to me. After all, everyone wants something that is free, right? It’s a good thing. I had the feeling that this person who commented on my novella thought free was cheap, not good. That because it was free my novella was somehow sub par.
I’ve been in this business long enough to simply brush comments like these off. After all, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But it did get me thinking…do others think like that? Do they believe that ebooks and novellas offered as free are not worth the time to download? I’d be interested to hear what you have to say. Do you feel this way?
To this end, for the month of March, I am going to scour the web to find free books for you, one in each category of romance – paranormal, historical, contemporary and erotica. I will look for works that have consistently gotten good reviews and are more then worthy of a read through.