Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.”

This has certainly crossed MY mind a few times.

And So On...

This happened to an author of my acquaintance. She got an email from a “fan” and the gist of it was this:

Dear Ms. Author.

I really like your books. I think they are well-written and I enjoyed reading them. (So far, so good, right? Hang on.) However, I have returned them all because you priced them at $0.99 to $2.99, and that is too much to pay for them. I can’t afford to pay that much for a book, even though I liked it. In the future, can you make sure you make all your books free so I don’t have to return them?

And, when the author in question blocked this “fan” (and it seems, reported her as an abuser of the return system on ebooks), she sent another email chastising the author for blocking her and forcing her to open a second account (presumably to harass the…

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8 thoughts on “Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.”

  1. A few of my author friends shared this on Facebook. It boggles the mind that people think we write for free. But I’m glad to see that every time something like this happens, there is an outpouring of backlash. I’m actually pretty happy to be establishing myself in a world where artists are REFUSING to be taken for granted anymore. We are changing the culture of what writing, photography, design, etc, are worth. We are rebelling against the concept of “working for exposure”. Sure, a COMPELETELY entry-level person might do a handful of spec pieces for free, but once you start getting paid, you do not go back.

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  2. Our consumers have a very communistic view towards the arts. Apparently if you possess a gift, all your work belongs to the masses.
    “For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.””
    ‭‭(1 Timothy‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭NASB‬‬)

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