In the wake of posting my sales increases in the week after the OMW eBook giveaway, I’ve been seeing some triumphalist posts from tech heads pointing to the post as further example of how free eBooks are the way to go with publicity, etc. I don’t have any problem with this (although, as I noted in the entry, there’s no way to be sure the sales increased were directly related to the giveaway), but what I do find somewhat amusing is that some of these folks are under the impression I’m new to the concept of free promotional materials driving sales, typified by this headline: “Yet Another Author Discovers Giving Away Ebooks Increases Sales.”
Yes, it’s like I haven’t had a novel available for free online for nine years, acting as my “free sample,” or anything, or that I don’t have an entire sampler platter of readable (and listenable!) goodies laid out for people to graze through. Nope, it’s all new to me. Makes me want to haul out my manual on how to teach your grandfather to suck eggs or something.
Damn kids! They need to get off my cyber-lawn!
I’m done. Someone fetch me my Geritol.