Got an e-mail today from someone who saw that Zoe’s Tale ARCs are up on eBay, some of them signed (which means they came from my BEA signing last week), and was temped to buy one but wanted to know how I felt about it.
How I feel about it: Eh. If you just can’t wait to read the book, sure, go ahead, buy an ARC off eBay. No, I don’t make any money off them, and no, they’re not actually meant to be sold on eBay or anywhere else (says so right there on the cover). But whatever. This is not one of those things I think is worth getting foamy about.
If you do nab an ARC off eBay (or elsewhere), do me two favors. First, remember there are copyediting errors in the ARC (it’s taken from the first layout pass), so be forgiving. Second, if you do like the book, when it actually comes out, buy a real copy, either for yourself or for a friend you think would like the book. Athena’s college fund thanks you in advance.
My only other advice is not to pay a stupid amount for an ARCand especially don’t for signed ones. The release date is only a couple of months away, and as far as the signed copies go, honestly, if you’re the sort of person who would pay a silly amount of money for a signed ARC on eBay, you’re also the sort of person who might go to a convention I’m attending. So why not save some money now and just get me to sign a book at the convention? I go to conventions to sign books, you know. Alternately, wait for the signed limited edition, the high quality of which will justify the extra money you spend for it. Basically, don’t spend more than you have to, you know?
That’s my position on that stuff.