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March 12, 2014


Chelle Ramsey


Wonderful post. I think that it is critical to ensure that we find our reading audience, our followers, etc. And if this comes at the expense of free content, it is an effective marketing tool. The old saying "you build it, they'll come" is so true.

I think at the heart of most writers we do want to create that "magical reading experience" that we ourselves have experienced. It's part of the passion.

Thank you for sharing this post as well as the link to the other article regarding whether or not we should provide free content.

Kory M. Shrum

Hi Chelle:

I completely agree. :) I think because most writers are also readers, the "magical" experience is pretty dear. But sometimes that can war with the "I need to pay my bills" feelings. :) And while running water and wifi are certainly important, I hope I offered a perspective that encourages the experience over the fretting ;)

Thanks for commenting!


Howard Cornett

Thanks for this article! I recently read a book that touches on this idea of letting go to find your biggest fans. It's called The Curve by Nicholas Lovell. For details and to buy it, visit


Stephan Kreutzer

It's impossible to "pirate" anything digital, except digital files stored on physical media get stolen while located on a ship with no copy of them at another place. In the digital age, scarcity of works got replaced by abundance of them, so there's particulary low "respect for the artists sacrifice" in the current attention economy, just because there are more artists and available works than ever before. The idea of "maintaining control" is rediculous after a work was published (was made available to the public or at least a wider known or unknown audience, which are all too their own authors/artists, presses, publishers, distributors etc.). The whole point of publishing is to give the work away to others, effectively waiving any influence about what the recipient might or might not do with it. And what's the point of even creating a work, if not in service of the audience? "Maintaining control" over the audience is a quite disrespectful behaviour - as artists themselves are almost always consumers of works of other creators as well (and sometimes even need those other works in order to create art of their own), it doesn't make much sense to mistreat one another.

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