A serious question and in need of serious answers. TSTL need not reply.
I'm thinking about an experiment. A pirate is trying to convince me she makes more money offering her books for free with a request to donate if you liked it. She CLAIMS...and I think this is baloney for any author with decent sales...that she makes more money this way than she ever made with a publisher.
I don't buy it, because I know what I make from my published books with a few of my publishers. If people can get something for free, why would they pay for it? I don't buy that you can make out on this deal. But it may be worth a test run...just as an experiment to blog about. I'm analytical that way. Worst case, I make nothing, and it's just another free read I offer. And yes, I will give it as much distribution as I possibly can to give it a running start...and market it as I would any book.
I THOUGHT about doing this for charity, but I want an honest test. If people see it's for charity, they might give just to support the charity. If it works, I might further do another one for charity.
So...feedback time... What do you think of this test?