Random thoughts and ramblings

A Culture Addicted to FREE—How FREE is Poisoning the Internet & Killing the Creatives

I’ve thought about a Tip Jar / Donate button… Goddess knows that I don’t get more than a few pence from book sales – in a recent promotion on Amazon, I had 14 sales over 6 days (which is great for me, don’t get me wrong) but the sales price was set at 0.99 p deliberately.

14 x 0.99 = approx £13

Had I priced it at normal cost… 14 x 2.99 = £41.00

I had a specific reason to price it that low – I was trying to attract more readers for it. I don’t do free so 0.99 is the lowest I go.

Oh well.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Image used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb. Image “Not for Sale” used with permission from the creator Ira Gelb who’s an activist in stopping Human Trafficking but authorized this image for use outside.

It’s funny, at various junctures I’ve felt propelled to tackle certain topics, even when that made me very unpopular. My biggest leviathan to date has been this notion of artists being expected to work for free, and I believe the reason that this topic is weighing so heavily on me is that, for the first time in years I’m no longer enthusiastic about our future.

In fact, I’m downright frightened, because of THIS.

I Feel Sick

Yesterday morning on my Facebook, a friend shared this open letter to Oprah Winfrey from a local performer in the Bay Area, Revolva, whose act caught the attention of mega-icon Oprah Winfrey.

Oprah was holding The Life You Want conference and the producers contacted Revolva to see if she…

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