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Should Authors Work for Free
2/13/2008 12:15:09 PM
Most of us are trying to understand how many ways the internet can help promote an authors work. We put our work "out there" but is it wise. Love to hear from you.

What do you think?

With all the talk about the internet, how do you think it is affecting the book industry? More particularly, should artists [be they musicians, authors or photographers] do whatever they have to do to get there work “out there”. 

Both musicians and authors are offering free downloadable versions of their work on the web. I have been posting chapters of my first novel, Conduct in Question, the first in The Osgoode Trilogy at my site at Authors Den for the past week or so.

At least one publisher [Random House] is currently offering individual chapters of a book online for $2.99 per chapter. The book by Chip and Dan Heath entitled Made to Stick: Why some Ideas Survive and Others Die has been selected for this publisher’s pilot project.  A number of years back, Stephen King, offered downloadable chapters for sale from his website but discontinued the idea.

I read somewhere that Ian McEwan, the British author especially known for his novel, Atonement, now a movie, tried to give away some of his novels on a Saturday afternoon in a London Park. No takers!

So what do you think? Should authors give their work away? In the meantime, have a look at five Chapters from Conduct in Question which I’ve posted in my “story” section.  Why do I do this? Hopefully, I’ll intrigue you enough to by it or one of the others in the trilogy. After all, what good is a bunch of loose photocopy paper with a novel on it?


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More Blogs by Mary E Martin
•  Should Authors Work for Free - Wednesday, February 13, 2008  
• What Do You Look for in a Novel? - Saturday, December 01, 2007
• How much money is enough? - Monday, November 19, 2007
• The Making of The Osgoode Trilogy - Thursday, November 08, 2007
• A Trial of One and Final Paradox. - Thursday, June 07, 2007
• The Mad Doctor Robert Hawke - Wednesday, June 06, 2007
• The Osgoode Trilogy - Wednesday, January 31, 2007
• Happy New Year - Saturday, December 30, 2006
• Where Do Characters Come From? - Wednesday, December 13, 2006
• The Osgoode Trilogy. The writer and the book club. - Saturday, December 09, 2006
• PRLeap - Tuesday, December 05, 2006
• Conduct in Question excerpt. Osgoode Trilogy - Tuesday, September 26, 2006
• The Osgoode Trilogy - Monday, September 18, 2006
• Conduct in Question Reviews - Sunday, July 30, 2006
• Final Paradox/Conduct in Question - Tuesday, June 20, 2006
• Mary E. Martin Canada Book Expo - Monday, June 05, 2006
• Radio Interview Friday June 2nd - Wednesday, May 31, 2006
• Mary E. Martin Fiction/Truth? - Wednesday, May 31, 2006
• Fleeting Moments - Monday, May 29, 2006
• Conversations - Saturday, May 27, 2006

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