You know, I really enjoyed doing the Romance Divas Free Read back in February. It pushed me to write like nothing else ever had (not even NaNoWriMo)! I worked for like 32 hours straight, ate junk food, and eventually, found myself writing subconsciously as the rest of me practically slept over my keyboard.
Now, nearly two months later, I realize I don’t even know if anyone read it. My website hits were high that day, but I didn’t get my story posted until late, due to some complications. I never got any feedback on it, or a note that someone had read it and liked it.
It got me wondering. Are these ‘free reads’ worth it? As a newbie, it’s a great way to get readers familiar with your style and what you have to offer. To build a fanbase early. As a known author, it’s a good way to give your readers a little something to hold them over until your next release. But, is the energy and time worth it if no one is reading it? It could have been time spent working on something more publishable.
These are just random thoughts. I ask because, in the future, I think I’d like to continue the Free Read tradition. I know my girls over at Midnight Moon Cafe do it. And I think they’re great writers. What do you guys think? Think ‘free reads’ are here to stay? The way to go when it comes to promoting yourself as an author?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.