|Posted on March 14, 2012 at 4:10 PM|
When my publisher at eXcessica asked us others if we had any books we'd like to add to the FREE BOOKS page at the site, "Desert Foxes Live in Concert" came straight to mind.
I think a lot of authors make the mistake of offering a throwaway story as a free read, something they can't sell to any of their publishers, something that's been sitting at the back of the hard drive for 15 years, something they don't think of as their best work. And that's such a mistake.
For many readers, your free read is an introduction. They've never met you, and they're familiarizing themselves with your style through your freebie. It's got to be good.
Do readers expect a free book to represent the author's best work? Well, that's a question I can't answer.
But you can.
So tell me, readers and writers, when you pick up a free read, what are your expectations?
I chose to offer "Desert Foxes Live in Concert as a freebie because I love the main character, Hrjac, (Oh, this is a futuristic story, I should mention) and I find his adoration of Andy to be so sweet, so romantic, so mushy that I wanted to put it on offer. There's also some first-time sex in there, and... well, I love that too.
About "Desert Foxes Live in Concert":
Xetondra is a rock band like no other--just five tribal nomads wandering the desert with their flock, their instruments, and solar-powered amps. They are young, free and entirely self-sufficient. When it's time to put on a concert, their label arranges for holographic tickets so fans can attend their desert performances without leaving the comfort of their own homes. In fact, the members of Xetondra don't rely on the West for anything... until their drummer Hrjac falls for a Westerner named Andy. After years musing post-concert with Andy, Hrjac is dying to meet him skin-to-skin. But the band won't leave the desert and Hrjac would never impose his harsh nomadic lifestyle on the guy he loves. What to do?
Get it NOW from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/141753" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/141753
Coming very soon to other retailers.