I have received an invitation to a book launch
from a man whose manuscript I edited
and by whom I was paltrily paid.
The invite came by email.
‘Do I have to buy a book?’ I emailed back.
‘Well, it is a book launch,’ he said.
I couldn’t argue with that.
‘The thing is,’ I said, ‘ I have no interest
in the topic and at $37 a copy
it is a little steep.’ I waited for an answer.
And then I got irate. I emailed back,
‘And anyway,’ I said,
‘whatever happened to my complimentary copy?
Not everyone who attends a book launch
buys a book.’
He couldn’t argue with that.
And he didn’t. Now I don’t know whether
to go to the book launch or not.
What would you do?