Okay, so my previous post explains the situation I found myself in this morning. I sent out an e-mail to the seller who was offering my book, LVPAULSDVDSANDMORE, and got an answer back right away, he apologized, explained that he bought a group of new books at a sale and mine was in it, and said he would take mine off his storefront right away. (I didn’t ask him to do that, he volunteered.)
I really wish I could leave feedback on his storefront concerning how well he handled my e-mail, but I can’t since I haven’t bought anything from him. (Yet–I am going cruise his store in a bit and see if there is anything I need. I frequently need movies and I think that ethical behavior in businesses should be rewarded.)
So that part is taken care of. Now, as it happens, the area code listed for his customer service is the area that I shipped one of my GoodReads giveaways to, so I feel the case, while circumstantial, is fairly solid. Interestingly enough, that particular account on GoodReads has been deleted. (Side note: Don’t ever screw with a former repo man. We can find anything.)
Now, as to my feelings. I’m hurt. I feel like Elisa in John Seinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” . I wanted to share something that I had put my heart and soul into something and I gave it someone and she didn’t even fucking read it. I think that’s the thing that bothers me the most. If she had sold it as used, I’d be fine with that. I’d be happy–because it would make me feel like she liked it enough to want to share it.
Backing away from my diva moment, the version that I sent out for that giveaway is one that I’d just as soon not have on the market, anyway. There aren’t any page numbers, there’s no “About The Author” page, and a there are several errors that have been corrected in the current version.
So my wanting the reseller to take it off his sales page wasn’t an entirely emotional reaction. This incident has really soured me on GoodReads giveaways in general. They are just too easy to sign up for. Between the cost of the copies and the cost of shipping, I blew nearly a hundred bucks on that promotion, and I got nothing back. Not one review on GoodReads or on Amazon. I do have a lot of people who listed it on their “Want To Read” list, but I don’t really think many of them actually want to read it–they just wanted a free book to sell.
Raggle snargle friggle fraggle.