Thursday, January 18, 2007

Who Doesn't Love a Free Book?

My mother read women’s magazines when I was a teen, which often included a condensed book in the back pages. I devoured those stories, with the idea of them being free seeming like an added bonus.

Now I understand there was nothing free about them. The authors sold the rights, and of course, my mother paid for her magazine subscriptions.

But all these years later, I am still a sucker for a free book. I confess I go to writers conferences with a half-empty suitcase, in joyful anticipation of my bounty. I scoop up books I can't wait to read--and some I wouldn’t normally have considered. Because hey, they’re free, and you never know what will grab you.

For instance, a book from a popular romantic suspense series sat on my luncheon chair at a writer's conference a few years back, and even though I hadn’t much cared for one of the author's earlier works, I slipped it into my bag. Well, fast forward, I read it and loved it, and at this point, I am a bonafide fan who has purchased and read the entire series. Ditto for one of my friends with a sci-fi giveaway she picked up. And I’m willing to bet that most writers have stories along these lines.

So...yea for the freebee, where everybody wins.

And I should let you know that I will be following in this time-honored tradition. In March, the first ten people who show up at my Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress local book signing in a prom dress? They get the book free!

5 fresh comments:

stephhale said...

There is NOTHING better than free books. Last year at Nationals during an orientation they had for new people, one lady raised her hand and asked what to do with the books we got & didn't want. Everyone looked sort of puzzled, THEN she said she just threw hers away. I swear I thought I was going to hunt her down and beat her up. How could a writer throw away some else's hard work? It really made me sick.
I SO wish I could be at your first booksigning, not sure I'd be there in a prom dress, at least not one from hs since I couldn't get a leg in. But I will be able to get a signed book at Nationals, Yeah!


TinaFerraro said...

Steph, I'm really looking forward to seeing you at Nationals, and getting signed copies of EACH OTHER'S books. :)

And I understand about not wanting to wear a prom dress to my signing. As per an earlier blog post, I'm going to be in a pink suede jacket. I'm leaving the dressy stuff to the readers...


Kelly Parra said...

I love the Prom Dress idea, Tina! How cool!

As for free books...when I went to my first RWA conference I was in awe that publishers gave out free books! I discovered authors I normally wouldn't have and was so happy to find new great talent!

Janie Emaus said...

Hi Tina,
I love free books too and when I'm finished reading them, I pass them along to friends or donate them to the local library. Of course, some books, such as yours, I have on the shelf and I'll keep forever!

TinaFerraro said...

Oh, Janie, aren't you sweet???

And thanks for jumping in, Kelly. And yeah, let's see if we get any GUYS in prom dresses at my signing, huh?