When I published my first book this Spring, I never expected this. Take a look at the email below and tell me if you think it's real:
"I just finished reading Two Scoops of Grace. Thanks so much helping me grow in my faith. Yes, I grew in my faith but I also laugh constantly.
I am the facilitator of a small (9) senior citizen Bible Study. The women are "mature" not only in their ages but also in their faith. I would love for us to enjoy Two Scoops of Grace as a group but I am facing a problem. 1) We are all on limited incomes (social security), and often find our money is gone before the end of the month. Please forgive me for being rude but since it is impossible on our incomes I am hoping that you could donate 11 copies.
I ask that you consider our request and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to call me at ***-***-****. I also ask that you include us in your prayers and I thank you in advance for your continued prayers."
At first I was touched and wanted to pack up 11 Two Scoops of Grace--which I'd purchased from my publisher (I don't get free copies)
--and ship them off to this needy lady and her class of senior citizens. Then I wondered about the legitimacy of the lady's story, so I emailed my publisher and asked his advice. He sent me an identical email another of his authors had recently received from the same lady!
My agent verified that the person listed did live at the address she put in the email. She also tried to call her, and got an answer machine. She thought that perhaps the lady was a real person who was just needy. But I thought it unlikely that:
B. The church they attend does not supply Bible study materials for the classes, and
C. She would have need of so many books at the same time from two different authors.
So... I'm asking you what you think? And what would you do if you received an email like this?