MONEY FOR MURDER by VALERIE LAWS
|Venue and reason for my murderous gathering...|
|My most recent crime novel, sadistic surgeons get the scalpel|
My mob-handed turnout brings me to money. Money for murder, in the form of books and event tickets. The things people are willing to pay for, and not. The amount people are willing to pay, and unwilling. A short while before the workshop, the librarian in charge told me the bookings were high, up to 16, and should they stop there? I answered airily, 'Oh no, if it rains some of them will stay at home, so take a few more.' As it turned out, all 19 who’d booked and paid turned up, plus an extra one, despite the awful wet snow pelting down (yes, in April). Was this my famed brilliance as writer and tutor, or the fact they’d shelled out for their tickets in advance? Or both perhaps.
It’s a well-known phenomenon among performers and poets and the like that if tickets are free, some people who’ve booked may change their minds if it’s raining, they’ve got home from work and settled down in front of a warm telly. If you charge say, £3 or even £2 each, that number goes down. Once the public have coughed up a tenner, they may well venture forth even if the flooded streets are teeming with escaped killer sharks.
|Mmm, posh drinks... now to find a free ebook...|
|An amazing woman, who wouldn't worry about the price of a cocktail or indeed, a cockpit|
How about you, do you count the cost of Kindle books? How much are you willing to pay for a paperback or an ebook, compared with a coffee or cocktail? Not that I can hang about here chatting, I've just read that Lauren Henderson's first crime novel 'Dead White Female' is free this weekend, having gone newly into Kindle format, so I'm off to bag one, having loved her sexy, witty series when it first came out.
|Free this weekend on Kindle|
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