I am writing an article for WritersWeekly.com on the common practice of well-meaning friends and relatives telling a new author: "Sure, I'll buy your book..." or "Yeah, I bought your book! Loved it!"
But, the author actually learns later that they didn't buy the book after all.
Has his happened to you? I am looking for comments/stories (anonymous, of course!) from authors who have experienced this uncomfortable situation, and what occurred.
For example, one author falsely accused his publisher and Ingram of not crediting his account for sales...yet none of his relatives provided him with copies of receipts for books they claimed to have purchased online. He was so sure that the phantom sales occurred that he terminated his book, meaning he lost all the money he'd invested in his book, and, of course, nobody could buy his book after that - all because of purchases that never existed in the first place. His friends' and relatives' false claims caused a great deal of frustration and pain for everyone involved - the author most of all.
Please contact me here with your comments/experience:http://www.writersweekly.com/contact.php
Again, your responses will be anonymous. I know this is a delicate situation but, rest assured, it happens to authors ALL the time. :(