Well, we finally came up with a workable plan to set an e-book to free without having it stuck there permanently (or so we hope). So it’s time to test this out. The novel Soul Cages will be available for free for the next few weeks to uncover any bugs in the system.
It’s already available for free on: Sony and Apple and Smashwords. I’ll post when Barnes & Noble and Kobo and Amazon do likewise.
Next year is going to be a very busy year for new work being published, so I feel comfortable doing this even if it proves to be an utter disaster (i.e. the novel stays stuck at free with the distributors). Also, I’ve always wanted to test out what Cory Doctorow and Neil Gaiman were talking about at their 2009 Worldcon panel. I think Neil Gaiman is right about how we discover new authors–we find them through libraries, friends, and other ways of sharing.
Neil Gaiman is best known for his fantasy writing in comics (such as the SANDMAN series), novels, children’s books, and screenplays. He’s hit various bestseller lists over the years, and has received 3 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, and more.
I got introduced to his journal about three years ago and I’ve been reading it ever since. His journal is an amalgam of answered letters from readers, commentary about his life as a writer, reviews of other authors of note, discussions about free speech, links to intriguing websites, and whatever else catches his eye.
There is a search tool for the website, so you can dig around to see if he has posted on a subject of interest. There are also answers to common questions hidden away in the FAQs section.