Friday, March 26, 2021

Quote of the Week: Personally Inscribed

Because I have been doing this a long time, I have a backlist that extends halfway down the street and around the corner. During a tour in 1998, when a couple of Dallas suitcase dealers brought in cartons of the old stuff, I instituted a policy I've clung to ever since: I'll sign up to three of the books you bring from home for every copy of the new hardcover you buy at the signing. Most people figure this is fair, and the others - like the dame in Charlottesville the other day who frowned and said "If I do that, how am I going to make any profit on the deal?" - the others, all things considered, can go to hell.

 - Lawrence Block, "Writing My Name," in Hunting Buffalo with bent Nails, p.247

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