I was checking out my stats today on my blog, and it was disheartening, nay infuriating, to discover that several people had found my website by searching for free versions (aka pirated versions) of my books. I’m assuming that after stopping here, they went on to rip me off. It’s infuriating because I work so hard on my books and I want to make a living at this. But when people steal the books, that’s money out of my pocket, money that I’m not able to pay bills with or feed my kids with. I don’t get why stealing books electronically is so very okay with some people. I’m sure they think it’s a victimless crime, but I’m here to tell you, it’s not. That’s real money I’m not making and it’s infuriating knowing that there’s not a thing I can do about it. I report the sites to my publisher when I find them, but in the end, that’s like dropping a cup of water on a wildfire. Not much use. Pirates pop up everywhere.
The only cure is for people to stop choosing to pirate, and unfortunately, they don’t seem to want to. Ironically, they are destroying the careers of their favorite authors. Those authors who can’t make a living writing will stop writing in order to make enough money to eat. Or slow down at the very least. Think about it. I work a day job and writing has become hard to fit into the demands of the job. Stir in the fact that I have a family and that family has needs that I fulfill, I don’t write as much as I like.
If you ever get the chance to protest piracy, do it. Please.