Friday, May 8, 2020

All In with the Freebies

Making Millennium Crash free has been a huge success, so I’ve decided to offer Code of the Kyoushi for free as well, for readers who want to check out my Miraibanashi trilogy. Now the ebook editions of all three series starters (four if you count Political Homicide) are available everywhere* at no cost.

Why am I doing this? The truth is, most people are reluctant to spend money trying a new-to-them author. So making these free is a way of casting the widest net to find the largest audience for my books. And already a lot more readers are discovering and enjoying them.

Do I worry that giving away these first-in-series will somehow ‘devalue’ them? Not at all. While it was gratifying to see people buying them at full price, and moderately profitable, that was mostly marketing. But ever since the only money I’ve made from Slowpocalypse and Watchbearers has come from readers who have loved a free novel enough to want to pay for more, those series have become far more successful. That is truly satisfying, and proves the value of my books better than anything else could.

*Amazon’s price-matching of my freebies on some of their international Kindle stores has turned out to be rather inconsistent, so I’ve made all those ebooks available to anyone who signs up to my mailing list as well, to make sure everyone everywhere can get a complimentary copy.

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