In preparation for the signed copies of ‘Lament for the Living‘ being despatched (July 4th) the book boxes have arrived, ready, and waiting. They weren’t due until tomorrow, so it was a surprise, but a pleasant one. Now I just have to resist the urge to wrap random books just for the hell of it.
Keeping Track of Signed Copies
Should I ever become proper successful at writing good (unpossible?) I’ve come up with an ingenious way of ensuring that signed copies don’t end up being bootlegged. The impetus to put measures in place was after I saw that someone had, on Amazon, put a second hand copy of ‘Lament for the Living’ for sale for £15. That just seemed stupid to me since you can buy a brand new copy for £6.50! Anyhoo, I came to the conclusion that what this person was actually doing was this: When someone buys their copy for the ludicrously inflated price, they then buy a copy and send that on to their buyer and make £6 profit.
And when I say “I’ve come up with an ingenious way” I mean that my glorious other half thought of it.
Now I’ve got no problem with someone making a profit, but that is ridiculous when I only make pennies from each paperback sale. It’s okay, put your violins and hankies away, I always knew that would be the case. But it got me thinking, how can I limit similar “profiteering” on signed copies – especially when you can get a signed copy direct from me at a reasonable price.
Initially I’d decided to number the copies. Buy then there’s the issue of counterfeiting. What’s to stop an unscrupulous person from simply getting hold of a copy, signing it and numbering it? Nothing, that’s what. What are the chances of someone going that far? Fairly slim. But I like to futureproof the things I do.
So as well as the copy number, I’ll also be putting a small doodle on a random page. Those two details will ensure that any copy that falls into your hands at some future date will be 100% totally legit and verifiable.
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