I viewed this YouTube video on copyright, and found it quite surprising in light of copyright, piracy, and marketing via the Web.
Giving a story or poem for free doesn’t mean you ‘lose’ as much as gain marketing for your writing and other work.
Make sure you have a web site people can find you and your other work. This could be a blog or web site. I don’t recommend using a Facebook page as your site, however, because its difficult to navigate to the information you’re looking for. Link your Facebook to your blog and site instead.
Make it easy to share and get your stuff viral. Add the buttons so visitors can share on Facebook, Linkedin, Digg, Twitter, and other site. Most blogs offer a widget to add this feature. Also make sure you have a graphic so people can ‘pin’ your site or post to Pinterest. They won’t pin without a graphic.
Ask for viewers to review your work. This can be harrowing, if you get a bad review, but a good review is worth its weight in gold. Another good reason to offer free reading of your fiction, non fiction or poems.
What are your thoughts? Free or not? Post in comments.