What is #Bookbusking?

I am a #Bookbusker. I’ve released my book for free hoping that if you finish it, if you like it, if you LOVE it, you’ll put some money in the hat…

WHY?! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!

All fledgling authors will tell you it’s hard to get exposure for their work. People don’t like buying the work of unknown authors. Who can blame them? With so many books to choose from, why pay if you can’t be guaranteed a great read?

BUT as soon as an ebook starts being given away for free the number of downloads skyrockets. When ‘Afterlife’, my Young Adult thriller set in a sinister future Britain, was free for a few days in May it took up residency near the top of the YA Dystopia Charts on Amazon. 

THE PAY WHAT YOU LIKE SYSTEM WORKS…

It works for comedy, theatre and music…

Just take the Edinburgh Free Fringe. Every year comedians put on their work in free venues and then pass the hat around at the end, lots of acts make enough money to keep going back year after year. A comedian friend earned himself a load of awards, an agent and a loyal following by bringing his dark and twisted comedy to the free Fringe each year. (Check out Richard Gadd if you’re in Edinburgh this August). People will take a chance on something that’s free and most people will acknowledge the artists hard work at the end.

Will it work if I'm not physically standing next to readers with a hat (or bucket) when they finish the book...? Time will tell.

IT WORKED FOR RADIOHEAD…

One of the best examples of pay what you like working was Radiohead’s 2007 album ‘In Rainbows’. They set up an ‘honesty box’ on their website where fans could pay what they liked and ‘in terms of digital income (they) made more money out of this record than out of all the other Radiohead albums put together, forever’ according to Thom Yorke.

HOW?!

You can download Afterlife (epub) for free by filling out the form below. Then a link at the end of the book will bring you back to the site where you’ll be able to donate. Happy reading!

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