So You Know a Writer…

And you are, like, totally awesome good friends with them.

Or you went to high school with them.

Or they used to babysit you as a kid.

OH OH OH!! – They’re family.

They should give you a free signed copy of their book, right???

Sure, you and all the other fifty people (or more) who are thinking this same exact thing.


Do I give out free copies occasionally?  Sure.  For special reasons, like someone’s birthday, or a particular book had some meaning in my relationship with someone.  Or just because I want to.  And sometimes I feel bad that I can’t give a “free” book to every single person I know.  And I bet other writers feel the same way – probably that writer friend of yours does.  But you know what?  Those free books?  They’re not actually free.  Your writer friend had to pay for them one way or another.  If they are self-published, they paid for the book, including shipping, out of their own pocket.

Let’s say the list price of a book is $10, and the cost to the author is $6.  If the author gives away 20 books, that’s $120 out of their pocket, plus the $4 revenue that the author should be making from the sale of those books.  That’s a $200 loss to the author.  For 50 friends, it’s a $500 loss to the author.

So yes, your author friend might give away the occasional book for some reason or another.

But you should never expect it.

Instead, support your friends and family who are writers!  I am so thankful for friends and family who are supportive of my efforts and works!  I guarantee your writer friends and family will appreciate it too!

10 comments for “So You Know a Writer…

  1. September 12, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I always buy the book..I may not get to it right away..terrible at trying to read with my head swirling..but I always buy it..I totally agree with you leigh! As well with hkrowe..”you have to wonder”..although I do not really wonder anymore..LOL 🙂

  2. September 12, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Agreed. Most of my friends have been awesome and have bought the book or offered when I try to get them a free copy but yeah, to expect that free hurts indie authors. I made business cards for mine so if they want it, I give them my card with a QR code to the Amazon link. If they can’t spare $3 for a friend then I wonder…

    • September 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      “If they can’t spare $3 for a friend then I wonder…” Exactly!!

      I made business cards with a QR code too :-). Business cards for authors are so great because anytime someone asks about your books, you can hand them a card. Mine are bookmarks :-).

      • September 12, 2014 at 2:11 pm

        Bookmarks are such a great idea! I never considered that. I’m so used to designing standard business cards, lol…

        But yes they are great for passing out. We can be like, “No, I don’t have a physical copy on me to give you, but here’s the link. I appreciate the support!” 🙂

        • September 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

          Yep! Feel free to steal the idea ;-). When I first decided to do it, I was all, steepled fingers and mysterious look, MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, and secretive. Now I’m like, all authors should do this! 😀

  3. September 11, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I paid for my book, and I’M her favorite Uncle from Texas!

    • September 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Or anywhere. (Shhhh…..)
      So, did you read it??

  4. Renee McCormick
    September 11, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Awesome… People like to get something for nothing. Something is never nothing. It is somehow paid from someone somewhere or even worked for somehow.

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