*Note, this post isn't for those of you who have purchased books, borrowed from libraries, and are amazing readers. This is just an FYI post. Love you guys.*
If you go to a site that isn't a publisher site, Amazon, Barnes&Noble, ARe, Kobo, and a select few others and download a book for free, you are STEALING.
YOU ARE A THIEF.
There is no other thing to say other than that. Not really. Most of you know what pirates are by now, but I'm still surprised to see people who don't realize what they've done is wrong.
Authors make their money by selling books. This is a business. This isn't a hobby for 99.999% of us. (Yes, I made up that number, deal with it. But it's still high.). We use what we make to pay for our homes, pay for college, put food on the table, make sure the lights work...you know the same thing you do with the money you make from your job.
What takes you three or so hours to read, takes an author 3-18 months to write.
You know this. But what you don't know is that if we lose our sales to people who download for free, we may not be able to write more.
It makes me sick when I look at my website and some of the "search" tags are "Carrie Ann Ryan PDF" or "Santa's Executive PDF". Just ugh.
We authors don't live in mansions. We're not rich. You may think we are. But no, we just write because we LOVE it. It's our job, our passion.
Many authors have been forced to stop series because of pirates. If sales are low when the illegal downloads are high, authors need to put the focus on something that will put food on the table.
Dust of My Wings is doing great for a first book, but not as good as my others. It also has the highest piracy of all of my books. This past weekend, there were more than 20,000 downloads on it on one site. Sorry, but that hurts my livelihood.
Now I'm in the sad position of wondering if I'm going to write the last six in the series. I want to. I know readers want to.
But thieves are making it hard to focus on it when my other books are doing better and have less illegal downloads.
I'm pretty sure I'm at least going to finish book 2, Her Warriors' Three Wishes, but we'll see about the rest.
It pisses me off, makes me sad...and just yeah.
You should read Yasmine Galenorn and Shiloh Walker's posts on this. They say it better than I can.
Shiloh Walker: http://www.shilohwalker.com/website/readers-piracy/
Yasmine Galenorn Post 1: http://www.galenorn.com/Blog/2009/08/e-piracy-and-how-it-hurts-readers/
Yasmine Galenorn Post 2: http://www.galenorn.com/Blog/2010/10/more-ranting-on-book-piracy-entitlement-mentality/