Below is a statement which I have recently left as a comment on a Blog. It was only after doing so I decided to re-post my words here, as a stand alone post on Ramblings from a Writers Mind, because each word I hastily tapped-out on my keyboard represents precisely my views on the current balance of Indie Publishing and why many writers are (seemingly) having a bad time.
You may even consider this a ‘bit-of-a-rant’!
I shall let you draw your own conclusions. Feel free to reply, comment, or argue with me, I don’t bite!
I do not & will not discount or give away may published work.
I price my books according to the value (i.e. Creativity, Hard Work & Effort) which I put into them.
My books therefore are not the low cost option because my readers are buying high quality content.
If a book is free, .99c or £2.99 for a full length novel, then the author of that work clearly has either devalued their work, themselves, or the quality of the book will be crap.
This is a major problem regarding Indie Publishing Vs Mainstream Houses. Mainstream only discount AFTER a long period and then they do so firstly via discount shops, book clubs & supermarkets.
Readers should understand that good quality books, premium books may cost more, but are far better value ultimately.
Just like most things in life, buy cheap, get cheap.