A few years ago I booked a friend, who’s also a writer and an actor, and lives in Carmel, into the library to talk about his book and his life as an actor. Because the library is a government property, we’re not allowed to sell books inside, but we are allowed to discuss it.
I made certain that the library had a copy of the book and proudly told him that in front of the audience, thinking that would please him.
His comment has only made sense to me since I have published a book.
“Oh, well, thank you very much, ha ha ha.” He said. And I wondered about the sarcasm, and then he said, “Oh, well, just so they read it.” I still wondered about this final comment.
Now I get it.
I was at a gathering a few weeks ago when someone said, “I loved your book,” the woman said, and then added. “Practically everyone here has read it. It got passed around to everyone.” Well I was happy to hear that lovely compliment, so I didn’t voice any sarcasm. But, just like my friend, I wondered about how many sales I missed by those people borrowing the book instead of putting just a little bit of money out to buy their own copy?
I know many authors who are friends, and I’d never expect them to give me a book. The books aren’t that expensive, and I believe everyone should be paid for their hard work. Believe me, writing a book is not easy, even though it looks like it is.
Writing and publishing a book is a professional occupation, such as is a musician, a teacher, and so on, and just like any other profession, the person deserves to be paid for their work.