When I had to purchase a new phone last year I fortuitously hit a “buy a phone get a tablet” deal so I’ve taken to reading e-books this year.
Naturally that means I’m taking advantage of free e-book offers, which means my reading material has diverged from my usual – those weeded out by bookstores and libraries, and favorite authors I’d follow anywhere – to authors I might not otherwise have read.
I can tell you that offering a free e-book can work very well for an author. I got hooked so deeply on book one of the Shadow Unit by Emma Bull that I couldn’t stop until I’d read number 14.
The truly interesting thing for me as a fledgling writer is that in reading such an extreme variety of writing levels, mediocre to expert, I’m seeing more clearly the contrast between where I am and where I want to be, between what makes me want to read the next book and what makes me not care, between what I’m willing to forgive in a story and the things I find unforgivable.