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How much book to give away, Editor's Notes 83
February 15, 2010

"If you want to give up,
then perhaps you should give up.
The real writer doesn't consider that an option.
Courage matters as much as talent."

-- Marianne Williamson

In this issue:

1. How much of your book to give away
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Coming soon

1.How much of your book to give away
Continuing the current series on how to use a Web site with a book, today we’ll look at the concept of putting an excerpt on your Web site.

This is a growing trend online. After all, in a bookstore, a reader can thumb through a book to get a feel of whether the book will meet a need. Putting a piece of your book online gives a buyer an experience something like that of being in the bookstore.

Bookstore owners themselves will want to have a look at your book before buying. You could send a free sample, or you could save yourself the money and simply send the URL of the page with the information buyers want. (I thank the regional director for Chapters for his advice to me on what to include on my own information page.) You can see my page at

Some writers worry that if they post parts of their book online, readers will just take the free information and run. Well, they probably will if you give them too much.

It was relatively easy for me to decide how much to post on my site. One spread from an alphabet book seems about right. Most of you won’t be writing an alphabet book, so you will have to decide how much to show. I suggest that you choose a section that can stand alone but that leads to something most readers will want to know.

The brief section will show your writing style and give the reader a taste of what is to come.

If you are interested in creating a site where you can showcase your book, I recommend (and use) the services at


2.Tickled my funnybone
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.


3. Interesting Web site
This Web site is a good resource for anyone thinkng of working as a freelance writer in Canada.


4. Coming soon Thanks to a subscriber, I have finished reading a book on how to get your self-published book onto Amazon. Coming soon, review of this interesting book.


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