Saturday, June 19, 2010
Free books (and exposure!)
Lynn Price's blog had a post about people who ask writers for freebie copies, inspired by a post on The Intern. The comments section for the latter has many suggestions on what to do if you can't afford a copy but would really like to read the book nevertheless, so it's worth checking out.
Only one person I know has asked me for a free copy of my book when it comes out in print. But that was puzzling enough because the lady who asked for it is, well, rich. I used to work in a very upper-class school in Dubai and she had two kids there, so that was how we met. Her husband is a senior executive in a company. So I'm not sure why she'd ask for a free copy.
If she was broke, I'd happily give her one, but... she's not.
Maybe she was joking. I'd like to think she was. Then again, when I ran into visa problems back in Dubai, she offered to sponsor me. As her maid.
If you have a book in print, has anyone asked you for a free copy? How did you handle it?
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It's open until July 2nd, so be sure you enter the contest! All the cool kids are doing it. And so am I.