Monday Musings: “Your Books Are So Good, I Shouldn’t Have to Pay for Them.”

And So On...

This happened to an author of my acquaintance. She got an email from a “fan” and the gist of it was this:

Dear Ms. Author.

I really like your books. I think they are well-written and I enjoyed reading them. (So far, so good, right? Hang on.) However, I have returned them all because you priced them at $0.99 to $2.99, and that is too much to pay for them. I can’t afford to pay that much for a book, even though I liked it. In the future, can you make sure you make all your books free so I don’t have to return them?

And, when the author in question blocked this “fan” (and it seems, reported her as an abuser of the return system on ebooks), she sent another email chastising the author for blocking her and forcing her to open a second account (presumably to harass the…

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thesarahdoughty
    May 07, 2016 @ 21:07:59

    Wow, really? I give my books away for free by choice, often readers want to know why I do that. But this kind of request is insanity.


    • Gaelicark
      Jun 29, 2017 @ 15:48:51

      This was a totally insane thing to ask & I can’t believe people do this! (Sorry for the late reply… I just saw this. I really need to pay better attention!!) Have a fantastic day!!


      • thesarahdoughty
        Jun 29, 2017 @ 20:56:51

        It is insanely inappropriate for a fan to say they bought a book, read it, liked it, but then returned it because they didn’t want to pay or couldn’t afford to do so. That’s an abuse of a return policy and insulting to the author to ask that books me made free. A lot of writers depend on the income from selling their words to continue to pursue that passion.

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