During the whole thing I was so upset that I simply removed my book from publication everywhere. I was hurt, I felt violated. But, when the hurt faded and the smoke settled, I realized that I was just hurting readers by taking it down, and it was still going to be free. So, I republished it on Smashwords and there it is, eternally free for any who wish to read it.
I wrote that to tell you this: Book piracy comes in many shapes and forms. Sometimes it comes when people take an authors work and give it away through sharing sites that are illegal. Other times they are stolen and sold, giving the author no money for the exchange. Either way it is a harmful practice that destroys authors and takes the Publishing industry down yet another notch.
You might say, "But authors make millions, who does it hurt?"
First: Very few authors make enough money off their books to put gas in their car.
Second: Stealing is stealing.
To illustrate to you what this really means, you must understand that this is much more hurtful that simply taking my money. That is my work, that is my time and effort spent creating that work. I pour hours of time in writing, editing, refining, defining, and creating. Writing isn't just something that we authors slam out in a couple hours and then go have tea. It takes hours, days, years to create the work we create. Every character has their own voice, their own personality that took months of thought to define. These books grow to be a part of our soul, our very being. Stealing my work and selling it isn't just like taking my wallet, its like taking my right arm. I will never be the same without it.
Readers, authors, everyone, I want you to understand that this is a new world we live in. A world where information flows faster that air and thieves do not have to leave the comfort of their own home to do terrible damage to another person. Do not live in distrust and anxiety, but be cautious and critical when seeing something that seems too good to be true.
As for me, here are the official links to my books.
ebook: The Crystal Needle
Paperback: The Crystal Needle
ebook: The Crystal Needle: A Christmas to Remember
Paperback: The Crystal Needle: A Christmas to Remember
ebook: Bark: Origins of a Superhero
P.S.: A few people tried to comfort me with the old idea "be flattered, they must think your good enough to steal" Sorry, that tired old adage doesn't help. That would be like a cop telling a car theft victim "be flattered, they picked your car over the others."