March 18th, 2007

catie_cute

Coyote ARC on ebay

An ARC of COYOTE DREAMS is up for sale on eBay.

I inevitably find myself torn on what to do about this. Really what I want to do is contact the seller and explain in small words that what they're doing is illegal, as should be obvious by the words NOT FOR SALE emblazoned across the book's cover, but that I'm willing to overlook it so long as they provide me with a reciept stating they've donated the amount of money they sell the book for, including shipping and handling, to a charity, preferably of my choice.

Poll #948918 what to do about arcs on ebay

What would you do in this position?

let it go because it's a hassle
0(0.0%)
let it go because it's flattering that people want the book enough to buy illegal copies
2(2.9%)
send arcaedia after them
9(13.0%)
contact them myself & tell them to take it down
7(10.1%)
contact them with the charity suggestion
8(11.6%)
i like to click boxes
2(2.9%)
other, suggested in comments
8(11.6%)
catie_cute

Good grief.

The ARC thing generated a lot more commentary than I expected. o.O For the record, it's really not that I care about losing a sale--I think most people who buy ARCs probably also buy the final version of the book. I'm genuinely pleased that people are interested enough in the books to buy ARCs, and as I said to someone in comments, it's not at all that I object to people buying them. I object to people *selling* them. I realize that this is a double-edged sword, but there you have it. Anyway, I've turned it over to my agent and editor at this point, and I think I will attempt not to stir this hornet's nest again.