Saturday, November 08, 2008

It's almost enough to make you want to quit being an author

E piracy of your books.

I almost don't care about The Empath. That book is out of print. And now some yahoo has it for free in Spanish!

But I found a few sites with my new Nocturne, Enemy Lover.

Available for free download.

It's extremely depressing and disheartening. My new release is being given away for free.

I wonder how these people would feel if I went to their houses, siphoned gas out of their cars and used the excuse that hey, it's parked on a public street and I can't afford to buy gas, or some other lame excuse.

E piracy is stealing.

I don't make a heck of a lot of money by writing romance, and though it's not a topic openly discussed, neither do most romance authors. We work hard to bring you books we hope you enjoy.

For me, I do it because I love to tell stories and I love to write.

The money I earn usually goes back into the writing. Promotions, research, keeping up with computer software, websites, etc.

I work very very hard at my books. This weekend, do you know what I'm doing? Am I taking a vacation, a boat cruise or lying in the sun, enjoying the profits of my romance writing? No, I have edits due MONDAY on the next Egyptian historical that I just received. And I work FT, so it makes it challenging.

I've had to cancel plans to attend a friend's art show opening because I have a deadline I have to meet. That's the business. I accept everything that goes with it.

But e piracy is a challenge I never anticipated when I got my first book published.

If you can't afford to buy one, I understand. I'm struggling to make a living as well! There's the library, paperback swap, and other places to get the book.

Please don't resort to epiracy. It's stealing, plain and simple.

1 comment:

Colleen Thompson said...

I'm outraged on your behalf, Bonnie. E-piracy really hacks me off. And rips me off, too, on occasion.

It makes me furious that some people believe they're entitled to the work of others without compensation. E-piracy is theft, the same as stealing downloaded music and movies. It doesn't only hurt the big guys, but all of us working stiffs as well.