Revising Leah

September 18, 2008

Free Book! Free Book!

Filed under: Uncategorized — J.M. Reep @ 11:08 am
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I’ve decided to make my other novel, The Spring, available as a free PDF download. It’s what I should have done originally. When I self-published the book last winter, I considered offering it for free, but I got greedy. When self-publishing, I’ve learned that one almost has to give as much of one’s work away for free simply to overcome the hurdles that accompany self-publishing.

As a writer, people don’t know who I am. They’ve never heard of me. I don’t have a “brand”. And since the phrase “self-published novel” carries with it such negative connotations (some deserved, some not), I have to do as much as I can to remove the psychological resistance that separates a potential reader of my work from the act of acquiring a copy of my story.

I originally had offered the PDF version at a price that was much less than the price of a physical copy of the book. But even if I only charged 50 cents for the download, that is still too high a hurdle for most potential readers. Making it available for free eliminates the financial risk completely. One can download it, start reading, and if one doesn’t like it after reading the first few chapters, then one can send the file to the Recycle Bin and forget about it.



  1. Thanks for that. I downloaded it earlier today but haven’t had a chance to get into reading it just yet – I’m looking forward to it though.

    Comment by J.C — September 19, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  2. I will certainly download the ebook. I look forward to reading it. I am currently looking for an agent for my first novel. I have thought of self-publishing. Not sure what I will do at this point. I wish you the best. And if you expand your blogroll, I’d love to exchange links. Thanks!

    Comment by thompsonland — September 19, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  3. @Thompsonland:
    Thanks. I’m actually considering querying a few agents with respect to Leah (I’ll probably mention this in my next blog post), but ultimately I expect I’ll probably end up doing the self-publishing thing again.

    Obviously, there are disadvantages to self-publishing (you won’t sell very many books being the main one), but there are advantages to using services like Lulu — such as retaining full creative control over your work; getting involved with the big NY publishers can often mean making a lot of compromises with respect to your creative vision.

    Somewhere down the line, I plan to post a defense of self-publishing in this blog.

    Comment by jmreep — September 19, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

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