Is this a good idea?
I just had an idea for a way to promote my music books, and hopefully make a little money, but I want to know if it sounds too mercenary. I’m very, very wary of going from someone writing for pleasure to turning into a money-grabbing hack, so I thought I should ask those who get my writing for free…
What I’m thinking of doing is taking some of my individual essays – the ones on Pet Sounds, Revolver, Rubber Soul and Head would probably be the best to start with – and making slightly revised versions available as 99-cent Kindle ebooks in a ‘classic albums’ series. They’d be reworked enough to stand alone, and maybe contain some more factual information (session dates and stuff) but basically just be the sections of the other books.
I think if done properly this could be OK, and a way to drive people to my full-length books, but it could seem tacky. What do you think?