And you know what that means :). Garage sales and bargain hunting.
I'm a total sucker for garage sales, especially for that bin full of mismatched, weird, misfit Free Stuff. You know the one I'm talking about. The one off to one side with the huge cardboard sign next to it that says FREE, but it might as well say "Oh, Dear God, please take this Billy the Big Mouth Bass out of my life forever."
Finding free stuff is like treasure hunting, and one freebie I've recently loved hunting for is free books. Apparently, this is now a viable marketing strategy, among the Big 6 selling e-books as well as indie authors.
The difference is, this isn't a junk box--this is like you went to a fancy estate sale in the rich people neighborhood and found a box full of free fabrige eggs and fist-sized rubies.
This is the best Freebie Box ever.
From watching other people's success with making one of their books free to give readers a chance to discover them, I'm doing an experiment.
I just made NO REST FOR THE WICKED free, and I'm going to keep it that way for at least a month.
I have no idea what this will do, but I'm fascinated to see the results. The way I see it, a few things can happen:
a) People download No Rest for the Wicked from Smashwords for free. They dig it, and they purchase the next in the series, Carnivore. Hooray! I do a happy dance.
b) No one downloads No Rest for the Wicked for free. I feel like the shy kid with acne at the middle school dance. I consume chocolate.
c) Some people download it, hate it, then find me and throw rocks at my house.
I'm hoping it's option a, but we'll see! I'll let you know how the experiement goes along the way :).
My question for you is: How has a freebie affected you as a reader? Is it like the awesome Fantasy Garage Sale bin? Or are you indifferent?