On the other hand, my job is teaching, not creating original work. My understanding of professional writers is that once they become professional they require some money for any work -sometimes they may only ask for a dollar or the like - the principle is the important thing, not the amount.
With digital publishing, the situation has changed. Scott Sigler gave away many stories to create a fan base, then went pro. David Simpson followed a similar route. Still, at one point, these artists expect to be paid.
Chris Clarke (don't buy his book from Amazon - oh, maybe that's okay now) expects to be paid and I think he is right to. Someone at a book club sent him a letter asking for 45 free copies of his book so they could read and discuss it. Further, this club member stated that "...expedited shipping is a must."
Why should Clarke send them his book?
This would be an excellent opportunity for exposure for your book. Our club caters to affluent taste-makers and opinion leaders in [Location Redacted] and your book will be read closely by people whose opinions matter.Apparently, these people are affluent but unwilling to pay for books. Clearly, at least one of them is a jerk.
Now, Clarke's blog (the second and third links link) has a 'PayPal tip jar' and I will not be tipping him. Of course, I have only visited his blog once. Still, even with the blogs I read everyday, I am uninterested in sending money to. I realize, as I write this, that I am contradicting myself. Okay, professional writers who also blog do write for free. Somehow, I consider this to be different. Blogs are more akin to conversation and conversation is financially different from oration and speechifying.
This eloquent tweet makes me wonder if I should change my stance.