Tuesday, September 22, 2015

False Claims About My Books

Some charlatan is trying to sell Our Lady of Kaifeng for over a hundred dollars, claiming it was released in 1900. Marah Fallowfield was born in 1900. I, on the other hand, was not yet in existence and hence could not have released the book back then.

The false claim is right above the blue box -- "released 1900"

Several of my books are being offered at inflated prices, and I can do nothing about that. However, please be advised that the more expensive copies are not being sold by me, and that any bizarre claims about these being antiques or having miraculous healing powers are also not coming from me. It is a free country, so if you would prefer to pay $121.37 for a book that you could buy for $10.99 new from the author, then at least know that you are not buying an antique or a magical time-traveling edition. Neither the book nor the author existed in 1900, and the main character was only just born then.  You could buy ten books for that amount of money. But it's all up to you. I believe in a free market.


  1. I have come to the conclusion some of those weird listings might be coming out of China. Recently, I ordered that very cute polka dot skirt, but then I realized it was mailed directly from an office in China. Yes, many clothes are made in China, but these clothes were different, and most are not shipped directly from there. They were calling the clothes by a name very similar to a high end designer, and listing the same outfits under various names. I doubt they are going to sell as many clothes as the luxury fashion brand, but perhaps they hope to use a few key words to grab a sale here and there. It seems to be working for them because they do have fifty reviews for one dress, but then the same dress listed under another name only has three. The same thing seems to be happening with books. I guess these sellers do not realize with books people in the know are not going to pay $100 for a company they can purchase for ten.

    1. Hi, Julia. It would be fitting, I suppose, for this to be coming out of China, as Our Lady of Kaifeng is set in China. Though I wish they were trying to sell the book to the Chinese market, rather than muddy up the English speaking one. I did want very much to find a way to sell it in China, too.