Well, The Mind Readers is popping up everywhere…but not in a good way. It’s been coming up on quite a few pirate sites… places that steal books and give them away for free.
Because print authors make a lot of their money through printed books, it might not influence their pay as much as it would an Ebook author. It’s particularly upsetting for me because The Mind Readers hasn’t been out long and really, to be honest, I haven’t made that much money on it. If people can get it for free, why would they buy it? In other words, I worked on a book for four months and probably won’t make much money at all. Fun! Honestly, its so upsetting that for a brief moment I thought about giving the book up and not writing book 2. But I won’t do that to the readers who have emailed me, loving the story and asking for book 2.
This book, more than my other books, seems to be running rampart on piracy sites. The only reason I can think of is because I got lazy and instead of giving reviewers/book winners the coupon so they could download it from Smashwords, I sent them the pdf directly. I could be wrong, but just in case it’s because of the pdf’s, I won’t be sending pdf’s any longer to reviewers/book winners. Of course I’ll still be giving the coupons so you can download it for free from Smashwords.
As I’ve said before, I don’t mind when readers share a book with their mom or sister or friend, but I do mind when someone takes my book and gives it to the world for free. Sure, it would be nice if authors worked for no money and just handed out their books, but its a job, and to be able to write, we need to make money so we can support ourselves and our families.