On Sunday last week I sold 20 books during two hours at a Barnes & Noble. Well, actually, I sold 17 and the store had me sign the remaining 3. One of the 17 buyers e-mailed me yesterday, wanting to return the book because of all the f*cks and sh&ts and even the "Good Christs." Of course, she repeated all those words in her e-mail several times. She wanted my home address so she could ship it back. Of course, I thought, a murder mystery set amid hunters and animal rights protestors -- did she think the language would be, say, Nancy Drew-ish? Oh well. Any advice out there? It wasn't as if she couldn't have flipped through a few pages before buying the book.

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Comment by Mark Stevens on July 12, 2007 at 11:05am
Watch out for crazy Barbs out there -- in more ways than one.
Comment by Ayo on July 11, 2007 at 10:36pm
I hope you didn't give her your home address! I would go with what Jim Devlin has said. Is she asking for her money back? If not you may want to suggest to her that she donates it to her local library. If she really wants to send it back to you tell her to send it to your local post office and that you will collect it from there or your publishers. Don't indulge her.
Comment by Mark Stevens on July 11, 2007 at 2:39pm
Well, this one was personalized and she wants to give it to me in case I know any other readers named "Barb." Sheeesh.

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