Marketing is the thing if you’re an indie (ie self published) author. I’ve mentioned before it’s very hard to make a mark in an ebook ocean that grows and grows every week. It’s not just books, of course. Online retailers offer all kinds of blandishments to persuade us to sign up. A popular one is a discount on your first purchase if you sign up to the newsletter.
We authors might offer you a free story if you sign up. Or if you’re like me and a newsletter is beyond your capabilities, you simply make the first book of a series free in the hope that a reader will think it’s sufficiently worthwhile to fork out some hard-earned for the next books. But even that only works if people know you’re offering a free book.
Remember I mentioned a post or two ago that the best things authors can do is combine their efforts? We did that with the Pets in Space 6 anthology. Now we’re doing it again with a collection of free books. As the title implies, these are not just science fiction and many will not include any romance. You’ll find shifters and magic and straight-up science fiction in this lot. If you’re an SFF reader, you should be able to find a book or two to pique your interest. After all, you won’t get them at a better price.