Rant: When People Want Your Book For Free
Last month, I released an anthology that I edited. 44 authors (myself included) came together to create the book. While I don’t know how much time each author put it, I know that my time alone was somewhere pushing 100 hours.
Not to mention the time, money, and effort involved to fly from Arizona to Maryland to release the book at a live event with 3,000 people in attendance.
And when I got home, I had to mail out a copy of the book to each and every contributor. While SOME of these costs were covered, most weren’t.
But it’s been all worth it to see picture after picture appear in the last week on Facebook as authors received their contributor copies. For nearly 40 of them, this was their first-ever publication AND their first book.
Pretty huge stuff, right?
The authors have been tagging me when they are showing off the book so I get to revel in their successes and share their joy.
And then this…