I am always interested in fresh approaches and new ideas. The whole concept of “free as a sales tool” is fascinating to me. I’ve seen people use a number of different approaches, but what is most common is to make a short story free, or sometimes the first book in a series free, in the hope that you will lure readers in. Lizzy Ford has a very different approach, and she kindly agreed to answer my questions. After reading this interview, I’m sure you will have some yourself, and Lizzy has agreed to drop by later, so please leave them in the comments.
In the last couple of months, self-publishing has really broken out into the mainstream. It’s not unusual now to see a television news report or an article in the Financial Times on an indie bestseller who has just snagged an agent or signed a trade deal, or coverage of the self-publishing scene in general. Even so, some self-publishers complain that they don’t get respect from the trade publishing community, that they are treated with disdain or condescension.