Wow. I’m already getting the “You’re going to give me a free book when it comes out, right?” from people I know.
But, I think I’ve come up with the perfect comeback. I’ve started responding with, “If a friend of yours was opening up a restaurant, how would you show your support? By giving him your business and dining there, or by asking him for a free meal?”
It’s amazing how many people don’t make the “writing=business” connection until it’s emphatically pointed out to them. I have to say, though, that there’ve also been quite a few people who’ve told me that they’re buying several. I do love them so!