Get Your Free Book Here!

This week I’m going to finish up giving serious answers to the questions in my humorous post The Top 10 Things People Say to Writers, and How You Should Respond. So when you’re tired of being snarky this will help you give some constructive–and helpful–answers to your non-writer friends and family.

On to number seven!

7. Can you give me a free copy of your book?

When you have a book published, you’re probably going to find yourself with a mix of people in your life: people who want to support you and buy it right away, and people who expect you to just give them a copy. Of course, you probably will give some people your book. When my first book came out, I gave away about ten paperback copies (which I had purchased myself, at full price) to people who loved, supported, and stood by me for most of my writing career, and just people I really love in general. But these were also people who would never have their hand out expecting a free copy, either. They were delighted and humbled I gave it to them.

The truth is most publishers are not going to give you a free box of your books to give away, and they might not even give you a discount on buying your own books. Of course if you’re a huge, bestselling author with a big publishing house, you will get free copies to give away or use for promo, but that’s because the publishing house is already making their money back on you and more. Smaller publishing houses don’t have the money to print off a whole bunch of your books and give them to you to distribute, especially if you’re an unknown small fry. Yes, you do get free e-copies to give away, and giving away free e-copies isn’t even that difficult to do on your own. But trust me when I say people who want you to give them a free book usually don’t mean on their Kindle.

My humorous answer on the list: Sure thing. My publisher sends me crates and crates of books to give to people for free and I don’t want to make any money off my book anyway, so here you go.

A more constructive answer: I would love to give copies of my book away to everyone I know. The unfortunate truth is, I don’t have free copies to give away. If I want copies of my book I actually have to pay for them, and I might not even get a discount. I can show you where you can buy my book if you’d like, and I’d be happy to let you know when it goes on sale.

Have you ever had someone in your life expect a free copy of your book?

By the way, if you’re in the U.S. HAPPY ECLIPSE DAY! I got my glasses all ready and I can’t wait to watch!

Author: Megan Morgan

Paranormal and contemporary romance author.

8 thoughts

  1. I work in a publishing house specialised in university books and to be honest I’m alwasy shocked at the amount of people who wants books for free.
    I once went to the presentation of one of our authors, I was there on behalf of the publisher to sell the book that was presented. Well, the author ended up giving away more books then I sold, and in the end he (the author) bought a couple of copies to give away for free. We do offer a substantial discount for the author, but I mean… if I had been that person, I would have bury myself in shame to have the author buying his own book and give it to me for free.

    I’m always surprised at how people don’t get this: books don’t get into existace by magic. Someone always pay, be it the author or the publisher, so I really don’t see how people could ever expect to receive a copy for free just because they have a connection to the author. And it isn’t just the mere cost of printing the book. The author put in uncounted hours to write that book and the publisher put in uncounted hours to make the book sellable. It’s disrespectful toward these people’s work to ask for a free copy.


    1. Wow, that’s crazy! That author sounds way more gracious than I could have been. And the thing about people who DEMAND a free book is that most of them are not going to do anything for the author in return–like leave a review, or support them by buying their future works.

      As I said, I don’t mind giving a few people in my life a free book, especially people who have loved and supported me for a long time. But those kind of people don’t ask for it, either. I definitely have a few people in my life who ‘jokingly’ (they’re not joking) demand that I give them a free copy every time I get something published. I also took my own, personal copies into work one day to show people and one of my coworkers asked if she could have them! Um, NO?

      Your statement is well said!


  2. Sooner or later I am going to purchase my first MM book. Right now I have four in the queue to read, so it may be a little bit. I suppose when my first is available I will be so giddy a bit of generousity might overwhelm my good sense. This is a great series Megan.


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