I thought a long time about writing this post. I decided today after I read another thread that I might as well get it off my chest. That way I can get back to writing and try to put this behind me. Well I’ll try LOL!
I don’t say too much about it but lately it’s driving me nuts and not in a very chipmunk way. Why? Because I’m at a threshold in my life where I could make a go of being a full time author or going back to work and only writing a couple books a year. Yes, I’m about a year away from this crossroad but it is on my mind a lot lately.
About a month ago, an author posted on Facebook about a piracy site that had books free for download. I went on and saw that my books had been viewed more than 33,000 times. Yep 33,000 times.
Now, here’s the mistake I made. I googled my name and saw that on other sites my books had been downloaded for free all over the internet. On one site alone, my books were downloaded more than 10,000 times.
I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to work hard to create something only to have it stolen from you. The only way I can explain it and give you the ratio that it compares to is work for a week forty hours. On Friday, your boss comes to you with a thousand dollars in cash for your paycheck. Now, imagine in this scenario if all your workers/strangers came by one by one and took a twenty out of your hand until all you are left holding in your hand is about forty dollars.
That is what is happening. And worse, I see the threads where people are chatting my books and telling where to go to get these books they read all night long. Yes, I see them. I see the people who steal my books chat about how much they like them and where to go to steal from me.
I’ve sent take down notices but they go right back up. I think one of the most frustrating things I’ve seen over the last months is that my new release was on a pirate site within four hours of being released and it had been downloaded there four times more than being bought on the first day.
Do you understand why this is so frustrating?
Now I know a lot of you/my readers/my friends buy the books and the depth of gratitude I have for you is beyond words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart in supporting the books and me. You are the reason I will continue to write. My amazing publishers are why I will continue to write.
Sorry for the rant all. It’s very unlike me. Take care all and have a great day.