BOSTON—According to his handful of readers, budding novelist Mosley Forstner, 23, thinks that people shrug with much greater frequency than they actually do. "Every time a character responds to something in Mosley's book, it's "'Suppose that's the way of things,' she shrugged" or "'Fine, then I'm leaving,' he shrugged,"" said Rodney Klein, a fellow student and peer reviewer of Forstner's. "Can't his characters just 'say' something once in a while?" When informed of the criticism, Forstner responded with a grunt and a curt, dismissive motion of his shoulders intended to convey nonchalance.
That was to get your attention. Now the question. I just got word from my publisher that they are taking the hardback edition of my first book out of print and I can purchase as many copies as I want at a rock bottom price. How many copies should I buy? How many would you buy? I want to take maximum advantage of the cheap price, but I don't want to be using them for coasters when I'm eighty.