So Rocket Sheep dragged Marianne de Pierres into our new author-forum set up..........and Jacquin thought 'Nylon Angel' sounded like a great book, and so he bought it. And it was, so he bought 'Code Noir' too. And he''l definitely buy book 3, I have no doubt.
So far so good. He benefited, she benefited.
But what happened next, I realised today, could be looked at two ways....
Jacquin told me the book was great. Then he gave his copy to me to read. That's ok, right, cos we live together and no-one expects us to buy 2 copies of the same book? But then I lent my copy to my Mum. Oh, and then my sister. That's three households, 4 readers, and only one copy sold. Made me feel kinda mean to be honest!
Really, I was just wondering how authors (Marianne in particular!) feel about this book lending culture. Obviously the publicity is great.......but does it gain you as much revenue as you lose?! I'm guessing the publishers hate it....what about the authors?!