A while back, the FOSS community came out and did me a favor. A had no idea that when I posted the call for action to raise money for Ken Starks, that the community would respond in such a big way. In the end, we raised over $51,000 for a great man, and made his life in dealing with cancer much, much easier. It proved to me the power of the Linux community.
I wanted to give back, and so I delivered a digital copy of my debut novel, The Time Weaver, to each and every person who donated to that campaign. I don't think that's nearly enough.
To be honest, I feel like my ledger is in the red to the FOSS community. I've taken a lot; by asking for money, by using the awesome software that the community produces, by asking the community to help me promote my book on more than one occasion.
I'm hoping that the giveaway I have going on right now brings that ledger a little closer to black, though in truth I'll always feel like I owe the community a little.
Today (Dec 23, 2012), tomorrow, and Xmas day, The Time Weaver eBook will be free for the taking on Amazon, worldwide. And hey, if you don't like Amazon (and I know a great many of you don't), just fire me a message, and I'll send you a digital copy in a format of your choice. Consider this a Xmas gift from me to you.
The FOSS community gives away software all the time, and a great deal of it requires a great deal of time and effort to put together. I've never had a problem taking and using their software, and enjoying the fruits of their labor, and thus I no longer have any trepidations about giving away my book.
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to the entire FOSS community, for everything you do. Don't ever stop. :)
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