Some years ago the Resident IT Consultant longingly mentioned a children’s book he’d come across (I won’t say more here to avoid identifying it) and wondered if I could get hold of a review copy. It was several years old, so I doubted it. But you can always ask, and I did, and the lovely publisher person at the other end of the email said she’d search the shelves and see what she could find.

She did find, and she sent, and we both read the book and were happy. The publisher thereby achieved another review, albeit a late one. They had one book less clogging up the office. I began a fruitful relationship with the kind sender, and more books and reviews passed hands, so to speak.

More recently I emailed the same publisher again (new publicist, but also nice) to ask about a not too long ago book they published. The reason I asked was that although they have told me about other new books in the pipeline, I’d not heard a whisper regarding this one. Or I would have asked sooner.

The bad news was they were out of review copies, so ‘no.’

I did wonder if that meant they didn’t have a single copy of the book at all, as most publishers do with most books, and many of them will send out a ‘real’ copy of a book if ARCs are finished and all sent out. The book in the first paragraph was a ‘real’ book.

I’m afraid my childish reaction to this was to put my remaining copy (of the two they’d sent me) of another of their new books in the charity pile. And clearly the one I’d requested could have met a similar fate with some other reviewer who didn’t need multiple copies either.

That’s two reviews down…


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