Recompense – definition: 1. a repayment or requital, as for favors, or gifts’ 2. compensation, as for an injury, or wrong; 3. to make a payment, remuneration or reward, as for services or aid
Should authors ‘give away’ their writing endeavors? A novel takes a long time to create, edit, revise and refine. Time you spend away from family and social outings with friends. Your mind is distracted from your full time work, your productivity decreases and you jealously guard your writing time from all interruptions. There are many reasons given for making a novel free. Ratings, downloads, increased readership etc. etc. but in real terms why would anyone give away their work?
This is a topic many people have strong opinions on, so I will tread carefully. It is everyone’s right to do with their work what they feel is right for them. If that means giving away hundreds of copies or downloads in the hope that real purchases will be made thereafter then good for them.
What is your view?
I have linked to debates on this subject.
I am happy to let my novels be purchased.