‘Roommates’ is a FREE Kindle Short Story Right Now!

To celebrate the release of ‘A Good Provider,’ the fourth of my “Creepy Little Bedtime Stories,” today through October 28th you can download the third in the series for FREE on Kindle. A series of short (15 minute-or-so reads), each “Creepy Little Bedtime Story” is its own, self-contained scary story – written to help you have a restless night of sleep, should you read it just before bed. About the Free Download Normally just 99 cents each, you can get your taste of the series free this week by downloading ‘Roommates’ FREE.…

‘Pretty When You Sleep’ Is FREE On Kindle Right Now!

Update: The free promotion has ended. But you can still buy it for a measly 99 cents. The second of my “creepy little bedtime stories,” ‘Pretty When You Sleep’ is available as a FREE Kindle download right now. It’s only free for a few days, then it’s back to its regular price. So, go download it! Here’s what it’s about: In this “creepy little bedtime story” by William F. Aicher, we wake up with a young woman in the middle of the night. It seems poor Thalia can’t sleep, so she…

‘Secret: A Creepy Little Bedtime Story’ is Free Right Now!

To celebrate the release of ‘Pretty When You Sleep,’ I’m giving away, ‘Secret,’ my first “creepy little bedtime story” for free on Kindle through March 17th. So, if the 99 cents has been just a bit too much to invest in a short story, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about for free. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Nada. If you like it, the only thing I’m asking for in return is a review. If you’re feeling extra generous, tell your friends about it. And if you really like…

Starving the Artist is FREE Forever. Download the Free E-Book.

My book, ‘Starving the Artist: How the Internet Culture of “Free” Threatens to Exterminate the Creative Class and What Can Be Done to Save It’ is, from this point forward, free FOREVER as a PDF download. Yes, it sounds ironic – but if you read the book you’ll understand the point here. I wrote Starving the Artist. It is mine. I alone have the right to determine how much it should cost. And now, with all the back-and-forth over property rights, I’ve decided it’s more important for people to read…

The Erosion of Price Due to the Pervasiveness of “Free”

When it comes to any product, there are costs involved in its creation.  For things such as cars or waffles or underpants, part of that cost is purely in raw materials.  Each of these items is a physical good, requiring actual matter to create.  The same is the case for items like DVDs, books, CDs and videogames. The difference in these verus the formerly mentioned physical goods, however, is that the vast majority of their primary value (the reason that someone actually wants them) can be replicated digitally, without raw…

My New Book: “Starving the Artist” Is Now Available

If you’ve been following my updates here or on Twitter, you are likely aware that over the last nine months or so I’ve been working on a new, nonfiction book, discussing the value of creative works.  The book, Starving the Artist, focuses on how in today’s Internet age where information can be transferred for a negligible amount of money (basically for free), the underlying creation that makes up the music, movies, books, art and other types of media that we enjoy, is being viewed as something that should be free…

Free As a Brand Builder: Give It All Away for the Freemium

Everyone likes to get things for free. That’s pretty much a given. In the past, however, giving things away for free meant a large cost to the provider for the creation of the free product. With the Internet, however, we all know that giving things away for free can really be done with minimal incremental cost. Yes, there is always the cost of creation – and in many instances this can come with a very high price tag, but with most media at least, other than the cost of creation,…