Do You Like My Stories? Here’s How To Get Them For Free!

There are actually several ways to read my writing for absolutely no charge. However, there is something that I want to point out. If you like my stories or the stories of any other author then there are things to consider. Writing isn’t easy, writing well is even harder. I get that we live in the age of the internet so people want great content for little to no money. Usually, they want it for free. Even if that is understandable, what people also need to understand is that creating the content isn’t easy. If you want good content you should at least be willing to support a creator in some way. Even if it’s just a dollar here or there.

I’m going to explain it this way. Right now every last one of my novels is available for free on Kindle Unlimited. In total, that’s almost half a million words I wrote, edited, formatted, dreamed up, organized, and put out there for you that you can access for free if you actually have Kindle Unlimited as a subscription. If you do have it, you also have access to thousands if not millions of other free titles. All it costs you, personally, is time. Read a few pages if one of my books interests you. If you hate it, okay, fair enough move on. If you like it, tell other people about it, leave a review. It took me years of work to complete all these books and it will take you way less time to read them and definitely even less time to type up a review (if you enjoyed them). If you don’t want to leave a review it’s simple enough to recommend the titles to people you think will like the book. These are all things you can do for free.

At this point, you’re probably thinking that the title was clickbait but it was not. I actually do offer entirely free stories that you do not need a subscription for. You can find two of my ongoing stories on Wattpad by clicking this link here. Though you will have to create an account, it’s free to create. It’s also free to comment, vote, and share it with your friends if you like it. It’s free to look at it for 5 minutes to see if you want to read it. It’s free to review. Now, if you don’t want to spend the two minutes it would take to make an account you can read at least one of my stories for free right here on Medium. It’s called Contract and there are currently four chapters available. If you check this link here and scroll to the bottom you will see the chapter index and you can start reading it immediately. For free. No strings attached.

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Take a look at the above chart for what freelance writers should charge per hour (500 words). At this point, considering I’ve written five novels I’d put myself as an experienced writer. I wouldn’t say I’m an in-demand expert just yet (even though I’d like to be) but I have enough experience to know how to write, edit, and format a novel. My two bestselling novels (Birthright and Weapon Of Choice) are both over 100 thousand words. I wrote them both for free, as in, no one paid me to do it. If we go by this chart and how much words should cost per 500, even if we go by the lower end (65 dollars) that puts me over 10 thousand. In theory. I’m not saying that I believe I deserve 10 thousand dollars, I’m just pointing out the level of labor it takes to write a novel and what the labor should cost for someone as experienced as me. Yet, I sell all my novels for $2.99 (on Kindle) and they are free to access if you have Kindle Unlimited. You can even preview a very good chunk of the book before you read it or buy it via the website. For how much I’m supposed to be worth I’m actually pricing myself considerably cheap. Cheaper than most writers with my level of experience would price themselves.

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Even if I am not writing to become rich (since I’d be really stupid if I was just doing it for the money) I am not going to underestimate my self-worth. I am not going to say that my writing is so bad I shouldn’t be compensated for it. If someone, anyone, puts in the effort to the level I have and people also indulge in their content they should want to contribute. They shouldn’t want it for free. I regularly donate to content creators that I like because I completely understand what it’s like to be a content creator. Imagine spending 100 or more hours working on something, putting it on the internet, and allowing people to view it for pennies on the dollar and yet still people feel so entitled to it they refuse to pay the price. Wouldn’t you be equally as frustrated? You sure as hell would be.

This is why I will be adding stories here that you have to have a subscription for. A subscription to Medium is 5 dollars a month. It won’t just be a subscription to me, but everyone. Much like Kindle Unlimited, you will get access to thousands of articles, stories, and everything else for five dollars a month. This will include my short stories. If you subscribe through this link here, I will get even more support and you get TONS of content for only five dollars a month.

To end this all, if you don’t want to give me a single cent ever, you will still be able to read Contact, Adrift, and Areotoxia for free. More than likely you’ll be seeing far more than that because I intend to keep putting out free content. That’s the good news, that you don’t have to support me at all to read what I’m writing. You just won’t be able to see everything I’m writing. I don’t believe I’m being unfair or asking that much but I’m sure tons of people will see it that way. That I’m ungrateful or just begging on the internet. No. This is a job I do, this is labor, this takes time, I do it all for free now but that doesn’t mean I wish to do it for free forever. Just take some time to put yourself in the shoes of a content creator, any content creator, and realize how much you could benefit from throwing in a few bucks here and there for support. If you think that’s too much, or a waste of money, then I don’t see how you value any sort of content created or tailored to you. That’s mostly because I subscribe to these services myself to support the writers and creators I love, and am totally willing to put my money where my mouth is.

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