I'll be one of the luckiest authors alive if I ever break even.
Why am I doing this, you ask? Because I LOVE it. I love to write. I love to sing. I love to make music with instruments and words. I. LOVE. IT. And I want you all to hear and read what I love to do. I want to make a name for myself. I want create a solid base for a career I intend to pursue for as long as I live. So, I figured, who's going to buy my book AND soundtrack without anyone having read or heard it before, when buying the soundtrack on top of the book would set them back about another $15? My guess? Very few. So I'm giving it away, but I'm being smart about it. I'm doing it in a way that is going to get my name, and my book's name, a bit more exposure, so that when I continue to do, what I LOVE TO DO, from here on in, perhaps some people might recognize my name and buy my next book. Perhaps then I will have the opportunity to make some money. But not now. Now is not my time to make money. Now I just need to have faith, that in time, all this work will eventually pay off so that I can spend MORE time doing what I love to do.
How about you? What do you (or did you) expect to achieve from the release of your debut? If you're not a writer, but are involved in some other form of creation, are you willing to sacrifice for love?
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