I read today that Goodreads is expanding their Giveaway feature, and it sounds like a great tool. Unfortunately, they are also going to start charging for what has been a free feature. The Standard Giveaway will cost a whopping $119 (on sale at launch for $59). Do you see a bargain?
I do not. What I see is another company taking advantage of struggling Indie Authors. When will it end? Never, as long as we, the Indie Authors, tolerate this, it will continue. I for one, am tired of all the promotional crap out there that make exuberant claims about getting your book to people, but more concerned about playing on your desires for sales, than actually caring if you make any sales. As with most these days, they are actually devaluing our hard work, expecting us to just give it away. Yet, that's not enough, they want us to pay them for the opportunity to give our books away.
I have made efforts to help support Indie Authors, and I know many other who have done so, or are still doing so. They do this without asking you to pay them. I encourage all Indie Authors to stand up for themselves, stop giving your hard work away, and join other authors to send a message to these companies that wish to relieve of what money we do make from sales, and empowering the tradition authors while they look down on the Indies.
It's time to unite! We are not competitors, trying to edge out each other in a reading market, we are fellow authors. Where would Goodreads be if not for Indie Authors? Where would Amazon be? If all Indie authors disappeared tomorrow, there would be an outcry of lost revenue.
We are not second-class writers. We are Independent Authors who have chosen to not play by the games the traditional publishing companies play. We have declared that we want to control our works. We have power, my fellow Indies. Maybe we should start using it, and let companies like Goodreads know that we will no longer allow them to steal our hard-earned cash.
I will not use Goodreads new feature. I will not pay to giveaway my book. Who's with me?