Why Are Free BWWM Books Hard To Find (or How the Internet told on You)…
I love technology. I’ve been given the title Techy by a select few and here is an example why I love technology, the internet and the right to free speech. I was checking my WordPress analytic for the search terms people have used to stumble across my blog. (Savvy, I know, right?) This one came across my radar today: why are free BWWM books hard to find? Obviously this was typed in a browser search engine and someone wanted to know why. I’ll be happy to step up to the plate and answer that question with some bias but with stark honesty.
It depends if you are looking for GOOD free BW/WM books. Of course the emphasis being on GOOD. Now, you can go on to Smashwords, Literotica and various other places to find BW/WM stories. They are all over and you have to ask yourself the question: is it good? If you want just a ‘story’ there are plenty and they aren’t hard to find. If you want GOOD, well let me break it down for you why it won’t be free.
We know we are a niche group, and for those of us that band together, we know just how small or large this niche can be while writing. We know that we are a quiet genre that doesn’t get much exposure except for among ourselves, and what we represent, we want to represent it well. Let’s say you are getting dressed for the prom, are you going to put on your holed up jeans, a mustard stained t-shirt and flip-flops? No, you are going to present your best side because it is important to you. I will only speak for myself, but being ‘good’ in the world of authors these days is hard work. You have to know your own worth, you have to know your story’s worth and you have to be willing to grind out that manuscript, sit down and write as the muse strikes, not to mention work your job that has nothing to do with writing. You have to hone your skill, learn vocabulary, research your topic, ferret out facts, learn your characters, get their habits straight, and come up with a story that will compel readers to go beyond page 1. Not only do you have to know what you are talking about, you also have to make time to write. I’m a short story author, and if I could have a nickel every time I heard a story was too short, well, I wouldn’t have to work so much overtime some days to cover my bills. So not only do we have to make time to write, we have to pour out our character’s heart, our heart and our story into something that won’t get slandered as ‘too short’. Try writing 9,000 words that string together beautifully and you will see it ain’t a pretty picture or process. Now, do you expect a free work to be error free and without some grammatical mistakes? No, so we use proofers and beta-readers. They don’t work for free either.
So after our hard work. our toiling, back-spacing and rewriting until we find a better word for ‘said’, why would we throw it up for free? We all go to work every day, but wouldn’t one get mad if they asked you to work for free? I love my job, but seriously, free? Some of us, myself included, have written plenty of free stories. We felt like we owed something to our fans, we felt like we needed to ‘give back’. Guess how we were repaid: plagiarism. Plagiarism and having our free work lampooned for various reasons. A free work, shared out of love for the genre and knowing there isn’t much out there to get your hands on, gets plagiarized, and some other is making money off of what you put out there in love. That would be one reason that some of us don’t post free reads anymore. We find our work repackaged and our name replaced with someone who didn’t write not once sentence in it. Can you believe that?
Good BW/WM is so hard to come by, true. It is hard to come by, and it is harder to please the readers of BW/WM or any other interracial combination you can think because we are picky. We want a GOOD read. If you want a GOOD steak, do you really expect someone to be on the street corner giving away 16 oz porterhouse steaks for free? No you go to a steak house and you pay for what you want. The same thing with books. You pay for what you want.
As much as I would love to live a life of leisure and spend the day writing, I can’t. I’ve got obligations, a mate, a job, a car to pay for… none of which are free. We’ve been nice, we’ve tried the ‘free’ route and got screwed.
So to the searcher out there looking for free bwwm, there are plenty, but if you want quality, ante up and just buy what you crave.