Abandon hope all ye who enter here.
Like the pirate talk? It’s appropriate, because I’m going to rant in this post about e-piracy. This post will have language and various other “Dina has been sent into orbit” visuals.
You have been warned. NSFW, 18+, etc.
Still here? Read on.
Okay, first, go here. Go on. Oh, all right, fine. For those who don’t want to read/clicky, here’s the gist:
Seeing a trend, here?
What’s set me off, you might ask.
People looking for copies of my work on illegal filesharing sites isn’t new. I’ve been dealing with piracy of my stuff since I was first published back in 2008.
People looking for copies of BOOKS I HAVEN’T EVEN WRITTEN YET on illegal filesharing sites is new. People REQUESTING, already, my NEXT BOOK in my first series.
This, contrary to what some might think, is NOT flattery. Some would say, “Well, Dina! Your books are obviously getting popular! That’s so great!”
WRONG. That’s like saying, “Wow! You have the nicest house on the block! No wonder people try to break in and steal your stuff every day!” or “Wow! You have the best car in town! No wonder people steal it constantly!”
Get it now? E-piracy is NOT flattering. It’s not indicative of popularity. A publisher isn’t going to say, “You know, that Dina James is always being pirated. She’s obviously hella popular. Let’s offer her a contract and pay her lots of money because she’ll sell really well. Look how popular she is on all those torrents!”
Yeah. NOT gonna happen.
Now, we have formerly (questionably) sane politicians in Europe wanting to make it even easier for people to steal (via Plagiarism Today).
I had a big excerpt from that article here, along with my own snarky translations as to what it REALLY means, but it disgusted me so much I deleted it.
Bottom line is this, people: If you like my work, DON’T STEAL IT.
Because you know what? If this shit keeps up, you’re going to piss me off to the point to where I won’t write another fucking word JUST to deny you the ability to post anything else of mine. Out of nothing but pure spite.
Honestly, why should I write anything else? What incentive do I have to create a world for people to enjoy for a few hours when there are those out there who honestly believe they have the right to steal from me because I have something they want? Should I do it because there are people out there who want to read my stuff and pay me for it?
Yeah, I know. Believe me. It’s the real, true fans that I think about whenever I see someone hitting my site looking to steal from me. Whenever I get a Google Alert from YET ANOTHER filesharing/torrent site telling me that my work is YET AGAIN available for one’s stealing pleasure. It’s the people who enjoy my work that I think about, and it helps. One fan makes a hundred pirate hits worth it.
But it’s seriously frustrating to see people looking for things I haven’t even written yet. Vultures circling overhead. Thieves stalking me as I walk down the street, just waiting for me to stop so they can snatch my purse. Honestly, it’s disheartening.
HEAR ME, PIRATES. I WILL TURN THIS CAR AROUND. I don’t care who started it, I’ll fucking finish it.
I’m evil, and I’m spiteful.
I’m also dispirited. It’s not even release day and I already have people looking not only for the novel that’s due out on Tuesday, but for the next one, another novel I haven’t even written yet, and two others I’ve only mentioned.
Again, this isn’t flattering.
This is sad.
Now I go to drink tea, knit, and watch movies I’ve legally purchased and forget about assholes for awhile.
Thank you to all the awesome, loyal readers and fans out there who wouldn’t dream of pirating my work. You all support me in more ways than monetary. It’s for you I continue to write, and fight pirates.
For the record, I wouldn’t really stop writing. I wouldn’t give pirates the satisfaction.