That's right - another proof copy of Jimmy Coates: Killer has appeared on ebay! This seller describes me as: "A BRAND NEW AUTHOR WHO I SUSPECT IS GOING TO BE A SMASH HIT FOR KIDS."
And yes, he does it in red, bold, capital letters.
I describe the seller as: "AN UNSCRUPULOUS TRADER WHOSE SALES GENERATE NO ROYALTIES FOR THE AUTHOR."
Unfortunately, it's an inevitable part of the industry. I'm excited that it means someone else will read the book and I hope they will enjoy it - possibly even recommend it. But I'm pretty sure selling the proof is illegal.
The uncorrected proof (which this is) is different from the finished book, by the way. For a start, the text is about ten thousand words longer.
This one's already 5.99 - that's much more like it.