Buying my own books


Weird situation. Lately I’ve been coming home each day to a mail pile containing bulky packages. I open them, full of hope, and they’re almost always my own books.


I’ve been ordering copies of The Bad Guys Won! and Love Me, Hate Me (No. 504,064 on Amazon, b—-!) off of Amazon. Always used, never pay more than, oh, $2 per copy. I do this because, when a book comes out, the publishing company usually provides an author with anywhere from 20 to 40 copies. My contract stipulates 40, which sounds like a lot. But then—it happens.

Can I have one?


Can I have one?


Can I have one?

Uh, who are you?

Your wife’s sister’s uncle’s cousin’s brother’s niece.


In that case, how about two?

The biggest depletion comes via charities. I’m not complaining about this part, because it’s cool and righteous and meaningful. But if I had a dollar for every time someone wanted a signed book for this auction or that raffle, well, I’d have at least, oh, $45! Maybe more.

Hence, I inevitably run out of books. then I go to Amazon, order them used, have them arrive in crap condition and think to myself, “Maybe I should just set some aside.” But I never do.

And round and round it goes …

4 thoughts on “Buying my own books”

  1. Hi Jeff,

    You didn’t ask but I thought I’d offer you my two cents on this matter to be helpful. I used to work in the book industry. Authors would often mention your issue. I would suggest saying oh, I have already gone through my copies – however, the book is available at the following places, etc. You may want to consider making a list of people that you want to have the book and put those copies aside. Perhaps setting aside 10 books for charity, etc. at the beginning. Again, you didn’t ask – but I thought I would offer you my thoughts. All the best – Michelle

  2. (the other) Jeff Pearlman

    While your on the topic, Im still waiting for mine! haha… I really would be more than happy happy to pay for it, but would enjoy a personalization.

    Still got my address?

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