When I send first drafts to Beta Readers for their view of potential plot holes, I also place a provenance copy on Amazon.
Publishing on Amazon takes a few hours from the time I upload all the necessary information (including a first draft) and the time it’s available for sale. I clearly do NOT want to sell this book right now, because it is, as I have said, a first draft. So as soon as it’s available, I unpublish it. It remains on my virtual bookshelf as a draft, but with an original publish date attached to it.
I trust my Beta Readers, but I don’t know who else they may have shown the book to. I want proof of ownership, or provenance of my story. By having it on Amazon, but not actually available for sale, I can prove that I wrote it first. It’s never come to that, but better safe than sorry.
Amazon took longer than expected to put the book up on their site. I fell asleep. For a period of 3 and a half hours my first draft was for sale.
And, horror of horrors, someone bought it.
If it was you, please email me a copy of your receipt and I’ll send you a paperback copy of the final product when it’s available in November. You’ll get an update e-copy also.
Just please don’t review it as is.