Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What the heck happened?

question_marks3 Many people have asked me why it’s taking so long for me to write my next ebook. Well, the truth is that I’ve been focusing on going to school to learn a new skill to sustain my family and finding a job.

Some of you have asked, why? After all, I am a writer and DO receive royalties right? Yes. I do actually, and those royalties are what I have used to pay my mortgage, my electricity, my internet, groceries and other essential bills, but as of late my sales haven’t been grand.

Okay, there’s my author PC answer so if you’re happy with that, stop reading now. If you want to hear what I, the person has to say, keep reading…

Recently, I found out that I am, or shall I say, my ebooks are the victims of piracy and no, I’m not happy about this.

I am not going to give you the stealing is bad speech, chances are you already know that, otherwise, you wouldn’t be using anonymous names to steal my books.

For all the people who think it’s easier to create a fictitious email to open an account and register with a pirate site and then go and find my book, download it…oops, sorry, steal it than it is to go to Amazon and buy the damn thing for .99 cents, you suck!

Speaking my mind can’t hurt me any more than the 39,856 illegal copies of my downloaded books since December 2010.

Would the 39,856 illegal downloads made me rich? Far from it, but it would have paid my bills enough for me to continue focusing on writing the stories that you obviously love to read.

I am disillusioned, frustrated and confused. I never imagined that people would rather steal then to pay .99 cents for something they liked. That’s less than a fucking dollar!

So there you have it. I force myself to sit in front of the computer, in between classes and job hunting to write a few lines for the people who are honest and do purchase my books. The rest of you are disgraceful, pieces of shit pretending to be human beings and if you take offence to what I’ve said…here’s a thought…stop stealing my books!

For everyone else, thank you for your support, love and loyalty. It is for you that I continue to write. You are my motivation. :0)

1 comment:

  1. Annie, I wish I could give you a hug. I will never forget the first time a book of my was stolen. The idiot actually emailed me and offered his 'services' in lieu of payment. To say I was flabbergasted would be an understatement. So would upset. I was pissed.

    Since then, it's happened a lot. And, like you, I've been incredibly disillusioned with e-publishing, thieves and people who think they have the right to 'use' my hard work without asking. I've seen pirates actually threaten to sue. I've seen them charge a fee for downloads of my books. I can't understand how any honest person can justify paying a pirate rather than the author. WTF is with that?

    Also, like you, I depend on the royalties I make to pay bills or buy the groceries. I'm lucky enough to have a partner who also pays a share so we're okay, but I can't help but wonder how much more I'd make if all those pirated books weren't stolen. Would those people have bought a book? Even if only half did, I'd still be ahead.

    Am I still writing. Yes, but not nearly as much as I wish I was. I don't know if it's the frustration of knowing the books I create will be on some sharing site the day or so after they become available to the public or if I'm burned out from pushing myself too hard for too long. It's the honest readers who I keep struggling for. There are no words to express how much it means to me that they've taken their hard earned money and paid for a book of mine.

    Great post, and thank you for sharing.