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As an Indie author, when should you offer your books for free and for how long? Depending upon your readers or followers on the web there are essentially three things you need to consider before offering your precious book for free:1) Will it cheapen the product -- does FREE suggest that the book is of low quality?2) How long should it be free -- a few days, a week or forever?3) Does Free mean you will not make any money from your hard work as an author?The answers are easy -- it depends upon the author and the book. If you are a mega bestseller author with millions of fans, free will boost the sales of the next book thus the author gains more yachts and houses in California. For less famous authors (most of us) free means reaching more readers and compressing the time frame of availability adds urgency to boost rankings in almighty Amazon. Being free could make you more money in the long run for sales of…Continue
Started by Stafford Battle in About This Site May 3.
Soon, the warm reading months will be upon us. That means beaches and vacation time to catch up with our favorite authors as well as meet some new ones. With Kindles and tablet computers, we can easily carry hundreds (thousands?) of books with us as we travel or stake out a shady patch of grass in our own backyard to read.Almost everyone has a list of books that they plan to enjoy during their relaxation time. I would like to share with the members of the Black Author Showcase some of my favorites that I have read in the past as well as new books that I plan to devour this summer. There will be the classics such as Pauline Hopkins' Of One Blood which is considered to be one of the earliest fantasy/speculative fiction novels written by an African American. Black people are not…Continue
Started by Stafford Battle in About This Site Apr 29.
This may only remain free for the day - September 10th, 2013, so act fast!The book is Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book Paperback by Tim Grahl.He gave a class on creativeLIVE today and has put it up on Amazon for free download for a limited time. Continue
Started by Diane in The Business of Writing Sep 10, 2013.
First time novelist and award winning poet Jason Mott has a fantastic new book that is dropping August 27th by Harlequin MIRA.The Returned has an interesting premise - what if people who died suddenly came back? What would you do? No, it is in no way a zombie apocalypse rewrite (Thank the gods!).Decide for yourself. Take a look at the preview, then download the free prequels…Continue
Started by Diane in New Releases Aug 2, 2013.
1) I will work on my new novel every day for at least 30 minutes or more.
2) I will visit several Afrocentric blogs and leave a constructive comment.
3) I will connect more with my fellow writers and encourage them to stay the course.
4) I will review at least 3 books written by members of the Black Author Showcase. If you have a good read let me know.
5) I will read more because reading helps me to become a better writer. The following are the list of books I plan to read or re-read to hone my skills.
I have other suggestions for books, excerpts, poetry and AFROFlash Fiction that may interest you. Go to: http://www.staffordbattle.com for more information. Also, be sure to take peek at the folks over at…Continue
Posted by Stafford Battle on September 27, 2013 at 6:29pm
I had a fellow Author come by my table at an Authors showcase recently; he said I came by to check out the competition.
I was dumb founded by this because I was sure our books were probably not about the same topic, and even if they were our perspectives would surely be different!
I do not compete with other Authors at all. I write books solely to help and entertain people, not for the money and definitely not for the competition. I am curious what other Authors on BAS think about this. I would love to hear other opinions.
Would you like to be featured on the Black Author Showcase? Any member that contributes useful information that helps the entire community is not commercial can be featured. It's easy,just write a blog entry, book review, article/essay, start a discussion, lead an active group, upload a book, graphic art, useful photos or videos, sample chapters, or writing samples.
Have an existing website or blog? You can republish any article or blog entry on your Black…Continue