"Free" Really Can Make You Money – A Dialogue With Moses Siregar III

There is a lot of talk at the moment about free books, whether they cannibalize your sales or those of other authors, and whether all content will be free in the future. I’ve always argued that “free” can drive up your sales, but it really needs to be part of an overall strategy. In July, fantasy author Moses Siregar III wrote a fascinating guest post on a radical approach he was taking with “free”. He also promised to come back after his novel was out to tell us all if it worked or not. We spoke at the end of August over the course of a couple of days. Dave: Hi Moses. The last time we spoke, you were about a week Read More…

“Free” Really Can Make You Money – A Dialogue With Moses Siregar III

There is a lot of talk at the moment about free books, whether they cannibalize your sales or those of other authors, and whether all content will be free in the future. I’ve always argued that “free” can drive up your sales, but it really needs to be part of an overall strategy. In July, fantasy author Moses Siregar III wrote a fascinating guest post on a radical approach he was taking with “free”. He also promised to come back after his novel was out to tell us all if it worked or not. We spoke at the end of August over the course of a couple of days. Dave: Hi Moses. The last time we spoke, you were about a week Read More…

Sunday Roundup: Blog Anniversary, New Releases, and a Link Party

My blog is four months old today! I just passed 50,000 views the other day (the only metric I get), so that’s quite a milestone. 25,000 of those views were in July, so it’s going really well. I often get emails asking me how I drove so much traffic to the blog in such a short space of time, so I have placed an excerpt from the blogging chapter of Let’s Get Digital along the top navigation bar, where you can also find further excerpts, as well as additional information, on pricing, formatting, covers, and all sorts of other stuff. All those sections will continue to grow. In the four months since I started, I have posted around 200,000 words to Read More…

Guest Post by Moses Siregar III: Using “Free” to Generate Pre-Release Buzz

One of the criticisms that self-publishers face is that they rush their work out. Sometimes it’s bad covers, or poor editing, but sometimes the book just wasn’t ready to be published. Today’s guest poster, Moses Siregar III, understands the importance of making sure your book is the best you can possibly make it before you sent it out into the world. Rather than be frustrated by seeing other indie writers dive in and rack up sales, Moses never rushed his work, instead taking the time to assiduously build his platform in a number of interesting ways, all building up towards the release of his novel at the start of August. He has agreed to do a before-and-after guest post, so Read More…

Let's Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

That was exciting, wasn’t it? First of all, an apology. Sorry to anyone who ran into yesterday’s wall-to-wall promo for Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. We made an almighty noise. Normal service will resume tomorrow with a superb guest post from indie author Moses Siregar III author of the fantasy novella Black God’s War (which you can grab for free). I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a Read More…

Let’s Get Digital: First Day Results (Normal Service Resumed Tomorrow)

That was exciting, wasn’t it? First of all, an apology. Sorry to anyone who ran into yesterday’s wall-to-wall promo for Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should. We made an almighty noise. Normal service will resume tomorrow with a superb guest post from indie author Moses Siregar III author of the fantasy novella Black God’s War (which you can grab for free). I don’t want to give too much away, but Moses is one of the authors I originally wanted to include in Let’s Get Digital, (but it didn’t work out for a couple of reasons), and you will learn a lot about how to carefully and patiently build a platform, how to use “free” as a Read More…

Swimming Lessons & Radium Girls

Before I get to today’s blog post, I want to send you somewhere else! I have spoken about Wicked & Tricksy before. Well, one of the devious minds behind that operation – Claudie A. – has her own excellent blog which deals with the intersection of science and fiction. Claudie invited me over to her place today to write a guest blog, and I would love if you all you guys went over and had a read, because I really enjoyed writing it. It’s called Science, Fiction & Truth, and I talk about some of my heroes and prejudices in science fiction, what goes into a “high concept” idea, and the Radium Girls. Please check it out, and a big Read More…

Swimming Lessons & Radium Girls

Before I get to today’s blog post, I want to send you somewhere else! I have spoken about Wicked & Tricksy before. Well, one of the devious minds behind that operation – Claudie A. – has her own excellent blog which deals with the intersection of science and fiction. Claudie invited me over to her place today to write a guest blog, and I would love if you all you guys went over and had a read, because I really enjoyed writing it. It’s called Science, Fiction & Truth, and I talk about some of my heroes and prejudices in science fiction, what goes into a “high concept” idea, and the Radium Girls. Please check it out, and a big Read More…