For those of you who don't know what OWFI is, it's the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Inc. I attended the conference that started Thursday evening, May 2nd, with Jane Friedman giving a presentation titled 'The Basics of Independent E-Book Publishing.' The biggest idea I took away was to offer my ebooks for free to gain an audience. The next day I heard Mark Coker of Smashwords say the same thing. It must be true. This concept was further reinforced by NY Times Best Selling Author, Jodi Thomas, at her lunchtime workshop on Saturday. She also mentioned the importance of writing a series and offering the first in the series for free, indefinitely.
I had heard the idea of giving away our books for free before,and had tried it for limited periods of time. Somehow it didn't seem right to work so hard to produce my baby and then give it away. However, I am beginning to see the light. I may be slow, but once the idea does get through, I'm ready to run with it. So, soon you will see my ebooks for free at Smashwords, where you can find whichever format you need. Before you ask, I am not in Kindle Select, so they will not be there for free.
By the way, our keynote speaker was Patrick Rothfuss, whose first book, The Name of the Wind, won the Quill Award and made the NY Times Bestseller list in 2007. His 'Wise Man's Fear' came out in March 2011 to even more acclaim, reaching #1 on the NY Times Bestseller list. He also published a not-for-children children's book titled 'The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle,' in 2010. DO NOT READ THIS TO YOUR KIDS! He admits his writing intentionally messes with people minds and perceptions.
The conference was well organized with 5-6 choices of speakers per hour for two days. On top of that there were six agents and five editors/publishers to pitch to. This conference is the largest and best in this region. Highly recommended.
I am a self-employed geologist, land surveyor and indie writer living with my wife, Sandra, in a rural setting south of Wichita, Kansas