Yesterday I blogged about the recent demand for five free copies of my first book by various august bodies around the UK. Here, if you’ve not seen it. I admit – I was a touch churlish in my response, thinking it rather cheeky to ask a hardly successful author to cough up five copies – which I have to pay for, plus postage to Edinburgh. Some of you kind souls suggested – nicely – that it was actually flattering to be chosen – which I understand. Though actually I haven’t shaken off the feeling I was selected by a random computer at best and a very long pin at worst.
So here’s the exchange today with CreateSpace, who brought me the good news in the first place. You good souls with kind hearts are on the same page as CreateSpace.
I wrote to them, in reply to their announcement I had to cough up
I never knew! I will dispatch five copies to the legal deposit library
tomorrow. Do I need to do any more so far as you are concerned?
I was concerned that in their original letter there was a suggestion, were I not to comply, they might treat me as being as welcome as a fart in a phone box. I just wanted to know if they needed evidence I had sent the books off.
Greetings from CreateSpace.
You just have to send the copies. No further action is required on your part.
The Agency is entitled to request complementary copies of works from publishers under the UK Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003. Please see the Agency’s website for further information, http://www.legaldeposit.org.uk/
Congratulations on the Agency’s request for your title.
Congratulations! There you have it. I have become the curmudgeon I swore blind I’d never be. Dad, you were right.
And for those of you who have come this far, here’s a link to the first three chapters of the book causing so much fuss…