Author Nichelle Tramble shares this common Author Nightmare:
A couple years ago I read an interview with an author who said his
worst experience after publishing his first novel was finding a signed
copy of the book at a garage sale. The book wasn’t simply signed with a
signature but personalized to someone he thought was a close friend.
His feelings were hurt but he never had the nerve to confront the
friend about the discarded book. After awhile he convinced himself that
the book was donated by his friend’s wife or one of his careless
I’ve had this experience, only worse. I went into a used bookstore in L.A. and found a signed copy of one of my books with a heartfelt, personal inscription to my friend…who had provided one of the cover blurbs! Try rationalizing that. And no, I never confronted the guy.