Due to this wider availability of the book, the book is no longer available as a free download. Previously I suggested that content creators offer their material as free to build up a fan base, and I still stand by this suggestion. One thing I failed to mention, however, is that once you’ve achieved that base, if your goal is to sell a product, then you need to switch gears.
Obviously I have switched gears. There are literally hundreds of individuals who have already read The Trouble With Being God, and I still am giving out free copies here and there – especially to those individuals who I’ve determined are likely to be influencers and have the potential to spread the word about the book most effectively.
So yes, I originally stated that my main goal with this book was to build up a base of readers and to then sell my next book. I’ve changed my mind. After much thought, I came to the decision that The Trouble With Being God does have value, and that by simply offering it for free I was also risking instilling in readers that the book does not (some people still tend to think of free as “poor quality”) – and the likelihood of an upsell to a physical copy was slim.
So, will all of this early stage of promotion pay off? Will word-of-mouth from the early adopters actually sell copies of the book? I’ll keep you all updated on the status of this ongoing experiment in the world of self-publishing and marketing as it continues to unfold.
In the meantime, you can always join in the experiment by buying a copy of The Trouble With Being God: A Philosophical Thriller