When Books Cross Borders

My post over on Murderati.

6 replies
  1. gayle
    gayle says:

    Leaving reply here since it won’t post at Murderati.

    Wow. I’m going to take a plunge off the deep end with a totally different response. For such a successful author, I’m surprised that you continue to be so thin skinned.

    I was feeling sympathetic towards you for something that is out of your control until I read your own response stating the following on Murderati: “Shame on them for not checking the synopsis inside the front cover or the back cover. Then they’d know if they had read the book before. Also, if you are such a fan of the author, you’d be aware that the book was re-released under another title if you followed their blog, or checked their website regularly. So-shame on them!”

    With this statement, you lost me. As a reader, my only responsibility is to buy and then read the book . And if I use the library, I’m not even buying the book. I don’t have to send a thank you to the author, review it on Amazon, or read the author’s blog or web site.

    Every job/profession has its own quirks. We can try to educate others about them, but if that doesn’t work, we need to suck it up, deal with it, and then move on.

  2. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Tess, as a fan who has e-mailed you on several occasions, I have been amazed and thrilled to receive a very prompt and nice reply from you.
    The fact that I feel the need to let you know how much I enjoy your books over-rides the actual guilt I feel about cluttering a very busy persons mail!
    You are such a nice approachable person..great to meet you on your UK tour..that it would be such a pity to cut off contact to genuine fans.
    It can be a bit confusing with all the title changes these days, but come on people, you only have to read the back cover, there’s usually a clue! Please don’t take the critisism to heart Tess, everyone seems to want to complain about something these days…
    I’m in the UK and it’s scary at the moment!

  3. meandersfit
    meandersfit says:

    Thanks for your candid sharing of this negative experience from a fan. I had no idea all the trouble that foreign rights could cause an author.

  4. Tess
    Tess says:

    Gayle, you will notice that that particular comment was left by someone signed in as “Tess Gerrittsen,” and it was an anonymous poster without an accompanying url. I have no idea who left that post. It wasn’t me. You will also notice that when I DO respond to comments, it’s with my correctly spelled name.

  5. Warrior
    Warrior says:

    Hi to all,
    i’m new at this blog.
    I’m writing from Italy and i’ve discovered Tess just by mistake… i was in a bookshop, overthere, in East Europe, where i was struggling myself to find something to read… Well, the first thing i’ve done once in the bookshop is to read the summary of the story… why the heck people cannot do that before to buy a book?!?!?!
    Tess, I, from overhere (Catania, Sicily, Italy) am with you, total support!!!

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