Stress Test moves on. In addition to giving away a Nook HD (click here to enter), I'm appearing on a number of blogs, and at most sites there is an opportunity for a commenter to win a signed copy of the book. I've given those links on prior blog posts, and if you want to get in on the action, simply scroll to my previous few posts and click away. And just discovered a nice video review of Stress Test on the Lifeway blog by Rachel McCrae, their book buyer. View it here.
But that brings up a question, one that occurs to every author as they progress down their road to writing. Does giving away newly released books lead to new readers? Or does it simply encourage people to postpone buying the book, hoping to win a copy? And what about those that don't win? Will they forget their good intentions, or will they go ahead and buy?
And what about previously published books (I hate the term, "backlist")? Is it a good idea to make those available free? Or at reduced prices? Does it help of hurt?
Since most of this is up to the publisher, I don't have to make a decision. What do you think of all this? I'd be interested to know.
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