Think Twice Before Giving Away Your Entire Book Online For Free

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Regarding your article, sorry to hear about the damage to your sweater. As a family man myself, I well appreciate the loss of a valued item of clothing.

I do hate cliches, but you know writers. If the sweater is still intact and the tread marks are clearly visible, you could make some lemonade out of this sad incident with some creative embroidery. Here are a few suggestions…

‘I’M GETTING SOMEONE ELSE TO TEACH MY SON HOW TO DRIVE’

‘SOMEONE STOLE MY SWEATER – I CAUGHT UP WITH HER’

‘THIS SWEATER BELONGED TO MY EX-BOYFRIEND’S NEW GIRL’

‘I NO LONGER TRUST MY SISTER’

‘YOU SHOULD SEE THE OTHER GUY’S SWEATER’

Just trying to help.

Regards & Respects,
Doug Nelson

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Angela,

Have been following your travels and found this “goodbye” for Max very touching. What a sweet boy you have there.

This is a great issue. I was very interested in your article on giving away your work. I sooo agree with you. So many writers tell me they have put a chapter of their book on the Internet and I shudder. Or writers who have never been published, are putting a first book there, thinking it might grab the attention of an agent or publisher. Fat chance. I will refer these friends/acquaintances to your site and tell them to read this article–if they don’t believe me when I tell them giving away their work is a bad idea.

Keep up the great work.

Barb
Pink Poodle Pie (Other Tales of How Women Get Even)
The Quilt Maker
Growing up Barefoot in the South
http://barbswritetree.blogspot.com

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I would never give the books away and already know that if something is free it only attracts those that put money into the newspaper box and take two when they should only take one. There are a lot of cheap people in the world. Giving someone an excerpt does not guarantee that someone will even buy the book let a lone read the excerpt. I buy over 100 physical books every year but do not get around to reading half of them. Last year I read 43 books, but still that is 50 more on the shelf unread for the following years.

George Arnold Hall
Writer / Developer
Series: Immortals of Scar