That’s awesome and encouraging to hear @SallyMason1!
Having gotten my very first Kindle last year, I have to say that I was shocked at the number of free books on Amazon. It felt like the whole permafree model had completely “commoditized” the book market. But I hate to admit it, having a Kindle also made me a bargain hunter…well, that and the fact that I’m a writer, more so the latter. As a writer, especially, I have to. So many books I grab classify more as research than they do as good candidates for a Sunday read, that I have to bargain hunt or else I’d go broke! Now, I do regularly buy Wattpad authors’ books in support, especially new releases, and I stay away from the Big 5 books until they go on sale so I have more to spend on Indies, but I am now one of those folks.
This whole experience has really put me in the head of the bargain-hunter and freebie shopper and it’s rather scary, tbh. I seriously have a hard time paying more than $2.99 for an eBook because I collect so many of them. But the market also offers so much choice in that bracket and below, it’s hard not to.
Now before you throw a shoe at my head, know that I often get the Audio upgrades too when they’re priced right, so for many of these authors, they’ve gotten more from me than they would have if I’d just paid for the book, but I now know how these bargain-hunters think and…brrrr…(Insert terrifying shiver here.)
What has worked for me, as a reader, to get me to pay for an eBook is KU, to a certain extent (10 books is just not enough slots!), or getting a free novella that I really enjoyed and being able to buy the first book in a series for $2.99 or less. I’ve done that on several occasions, although I’m getting less inclined to do so nowadays because the last two times I did it I LOVED the novella–the writer’s voice, the characters, the initial conflict, everything!–and then was so severely underwhelmed by the first book in the series that I stopped there and didn’t buy any more.
I’m not sure what that next magic formula will be, but you gotta have some easy lead-in these days but figure out how to do it without giving away the farm for free.