You might think I am in this for the money. I want you to subscribe to my newsletter, with some shoddy gift thrown in to entice you, and then I will spam you every day, attempting to persuade you to buy my books, tweet my books, review my books… You get the idea. You’ve been there before, right? You’re thinking that maybe this newsletter subscription thing is getting to be a dirty sales tactic, when really, it shouldn’t be.
So, why should you sign up to get a free ebook from me, when you know you’re going to regret it later on, as you stare at your inbox full of spam?
I’ll tell you why.
Because I’m not like those other guys.
I’m not going to spam you.
I believe in connecting with people, and sharing my work to be read. Sure, I want to make money, who doesn’t? We all need to pay the bills, right? But I would rather give my book to you, safe in the knowledge that you were actually going to read it, than sell it to you, knowing that it would sit on your bookshelf gathering dust.
I’m a writer. I need to be read.
I’m not JD Salinger, able to write books knowing that I will never let them see the light of day, keeping them hidden from view for the rest of my life. I need readers.
I’m a reader myself, constantly on the lookout for new books, new authors, new blogs. And I am very excited right now at the opportunities the internet is providing for writers and readers. Writers, for the opportunity to publish their work, without hindrance or gatekeepers censoring them. And readers, for the opportunity to discover new work, books and articles and opinions that might never have been exposed to view via the traditional route.
I know, I know, the fact that anybody with access to a computer and internet connection can now publish means there is a lot of crap floating around out there. But this only really changes one thing, and that is, that you, the readers, are now the gatekeepers. You get to decide what you like and what you don’t, rather than some faceless committee of shareholders and managers trying to guess what might sell.
The power is now in your hands.
What does that mean for me? It means, you get to fill in the subscription form below, and you get a free ebook of short stories. You will also get weekly updates from my blog, plus, from time to time, more free ebooks and stories. Right now I am posting a serial story on my website, available exclusively to those members of my blog who have signed up. The point I am trying to make here, is that I need to please you, my audience. Because if you don’t like what you read, or I suddenly become evil and start spamming you, guess what? You can simply unsubscribe, and never hear from me again.
Seriously, you’re the one in charge here. Not me.
The flipside of that is: If you are one of those people who signs up to newsletters, or downloads free Kindle books, just because you like getting something for nothing, regardless of what it is, then I don’t want you here.
I want readers, not freeloaders.
I have lots planned for the future. More Joe Coffin books for sure, I’m loving writing about that guy, and I hope you love him too, when he makes his first appearance later this year. More Population:DEAD! books, more thrillers and YA, and some genre stretching books which are going to defy all categorization. And, starting very soon, I will be releasing my books as paperbacks, and looking into starting up a Kickstarter campaign with some extremely cool rewards attached.
We are living in exciting times.
Why not join me on the ride?
And, once you’ve signed up, why not drop me a line and say ‘Hi!’? I’d love to hear from you.