Paul’s Blog

Free vs. paid

Why am I giving my books away? Because yes, everything I have published so far is available for free.

Many people have asked me why I don’t charge money for my writing. “After all, it is your hard work that went into it, that should be rewarded.”

Well, dear readers and people who seem to be worried about my well-being, it is rewarded.

Not by financials, I agree, but by the sheer number of downloads that I see happening. Yes, I get a kick out of that. Now, that is all very nice, I hear you say, but kicks won’t keep you alive for long! Very true. For that I have my job. At this moment I have a nice job in IT and that pays my bills, my mortgage and everything else I like (and trust me, I like a lot!).

Will having more money make me… eat more, better or healthier? I doubt that, especially the more. Live faster or better? More doubts. Living fast is something I try to avoid, anyway. Write better? Hardly. I am happy the way things are now. Oh, certainly, I would love to be a professional writer and live off the fruits of my creativity in that arena, but I am realistic enough to know there are only few who manage that. Many professional authors get by just barely and have to take other jobs or assignments that pay better, to keep their life going.

No. I’ll take many downloads and constructive reviews instead, next to my daytime job. That way I am able and free to write what I want, when I want and how I want it. And judging from the feedback I have received on my writing, I am not doing that badly.

One more revelation: I collect quotes and proverbs, as they are often miracles of language-use and I adore those things. I chose this one as a good ending for this post:

“If you want to know how god thinks about money, look at the people that have it.”

Book review – The Last Page

Title: The Last Page
Author: Anthony Huso
Genre: Steampunk
Rating

Anthony Huso paints a very fascinating world in which royalty faces all kinds of challenges including a war, while alchemy and witchcraft (called holomorphy in this story) take an important place in the story.

During the first chapters I had a hard time staying focussed on the story, but once I got past that hurdle, the story pulled me into a vibrant world with intrigue, hidden agendas, dirigibles and myth. Rebels and a “love you, love you not” game made the book a very nice experience for me, which fed me with ideas for future stories as well.

The setting of the story is laid out very nicely, with plenty of space for personal interpretation of many things. The technology and other matters devised are good and in many ways refreshing and new. (For me.)

 

The sixth book…

Actually it is the eighth. But I already digress.

Yesterday the sixth book in the Hilda the Wicked Witch series hit the virtual shelves of Smashwords.com. Unbelievable that the first book appeared on Smashwords only in June of 2010.

This probably shows that writing Hilda’s stories is a fun activity for me. If it doesn’t, then please know that writing Hilda’s stories is a fun activity for me!

If you care to have a look, go ahead. You don’t have to worry about throwing your money away, because this book, as well as the previous five, as free downloads.