I do have a prize for one commenter for my posts during this party. I actually prefer to give away print books because of the ever-growing piracy problem. I know most readers who visit these events are honest and at most might lend an ebook to a friend or family member but there are ‘trolls’ out there who try to collect prizes and then get them available on those ‘freebie’ sites that cost writers so much in honest sales. They also hurt the small press and indy publishers in the same way.
I have several print anthologies of Deirdre’s tales that were published by the now closed Amber Quill Press. I’ll let the winner pick the one s/he would prefer and mail it out to you the normal snail mail way after this event is over. I’m going to be away from home for a week so it will be when I get back, perhaps after the Independence day weekend. There are at least four novella length tales in each book so it’s a ‘bigger’ prize than one ebook!
To go a bit farther on this issue, I know most of us work for a living and if we did not get a paycheck for what we do whether it is flip burgers, teach kindergarten, fight fires or fly airplanes, we probably would quit that “job” and look for another one! Well, for those of us who write and publish our stories, writing is at least one of our “jobs” and we put many hours of work and effort into each tale we produce. We really cannot afford to give away very many of them so we wonder why a number of people think they ‘deserve’ to get them for free and share them far and wide, sometimes even getting paid for that! I think most of us would write anyway but it is sure tempting to stay, “Stuff this! If my things are not worth buying then maybe I should stop writing them!”
Sorry for this small rant but I hope people will think about this. Anyone who produces entertainment whether it is music, art, literature or some multi-media project, works to produce that creation and they deserve to be paid. If it does not mean enough to you to buy it fairly, in time most creative works will simply cease to be created!
Peace, Deirdre O’Dare