Neither a borrower nor a lender be ~ William Shakespeare
First and foremost, I want to say how much I appreciate everyone who has read, liked, and reviewed The Space Between: A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life.
Early on, as a newly published author, I felt humbled and honored when people told me they loved my book so much that they’d lent it to a friend.
A year later, my reaction has changed and I’d like to tell you why.
Do you know what authors get out of you loaning your copy of our book to your friend? The answer is this: We get nothing.
For the most part, the person you lent the book to never lets us know how they felt about our book and never writes a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, or their blog.
Financially, we earn nothing from that loaned book.
Please keep in mind that writers have a lot invested in their book in terms of time and money. And the only way we are able to recoup some of our outlay is by book sales.
While we authors appreciate your good intentions in loaning our book to your friends, please understand that this is our business and we prefer you not give our work away.
That is, unless you plan to send it to Oprah Winfrey or someone of equal fame, and then, by all means, please do send your copy. I’ll be happy to reimburse you for the shipping costs.