Dear Agony Aunt,
Can I give my book as a Christmas gift to family and friends?
- Self-Published Santa
Hello Self-Published Santa,
Some would say: yes, of course you can. A book you've made yourself is just as lovingly prepared as a macaroni Christmas card, and certainly a lot more work went into it. But I'm going to say: No.
You can give copies of your book to the people in your life you think will enjoy it, or supported you as you wrote it, or are mentioned in it – especially if it's a salacious tell-all as that will make for some interesting Christmas lunch conversation – but do this separately to Christmas gift giving. Do not pop a copy into everyone's Christmas stocking. That's just naff.
Have a lovely Christmas,