The female has noticed some pirates have already started distributing copies of The Flame Game: a Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count.) We find this to be amusing because the female hasn’t even written the book yet.
Hint: it’s a scam, virus, and/or a method of stealing your personal information. Those free books? Typically aren’t free.
But, it brings up the age-old discussion of piracy. (Including a brief interlude directly from the female.)
One day, the Mag Rom Com series will end due to piracy.
Every release, the pirating gets worse, it gets harder to reach paying readers, because they can get the books for free, stolen from Amazon and other legitimate vendors. These people aren’t using legitimate libraries to rent the books, where I do get paid.
Some assholes are even charging money for the books I written, taking the food directly off my table.
That shit pisses me off.
One day, the Royal States series will end due to piracy.
One day, the Bernadette Franklin series will end due to piracy. (End interlude.)
The female will just start new things and write new series to keep writing because that’s what she does, but a lot of things the true fans love will die because of piracy.
We cannot afford to write books at a loss. We don’t have a ‘day job’ to cover the costs of living. This is her living.
At the end of the day, the Witch & Wolf series ended due to piracy, and that series has a long history of being pirated. It began with Karma and Shadowed Flame, both of which were heavily pirated before launch. That trend continues. Unlike the Mag Rom Com series, which has enough fans to pay the bills and the costs of writing, that’s not the case with the Witch & Wolf series.
Not enough people love it enough to pay for it. The pirates won.
We’re expecting to get through the final releases of that series either breaking even or at a slight loss on the books. (The preorders are doing eh, not great but eh. That’s fine. It’s ‘close enough’ to not cancel them, not that the female would. It’s a matter of pride more than money.)
She started it, she’ll finish it.
But money matters, and pirates make the money matters even more difficult and challenging.
Water Viper is commonly pirated.
Blood Bound, unfortunately, is seeing a lot of piracy right now. (The female has put in the order for Silent Stalker’s cover, but frankly, she is not really all that keen on working on it right now because of how widespread pirating has become on that title. It means that the second book will not sell well, and she will spend hundreds of hours trying to pay the bills for what will likely be a flop on release well.)
That’s hard on the female, because she really has to balance paying the bills and the passion projects. The new series launches are always hard, because she wants to work on them right away, but she ultimately needs to evaluate the situation based on a bunch of factors.
Piracy is one of those factors.
This is only one page of piracy for the past week. There are 7 pages of piracy results in this week’s check.
The Flame Game is one of them. (One blog in the below list I’m uncertain is actually a pirating site. The rest are.)
So, anyone who googles for my author names will see a lot of results just like this.
It’s impossible to keep up with the DCMA requests nobody honors anyway.
This is what the female contends with. Daily. And every person who clicks and grabs that easy, free copy takes food off the female’s table.
One pirating site alone had 100,000 downloads of Playing with Fire. In the novel’s entire lifetime, it’s only sold 35,000 copies. Including KU reads when it was in KU.
That is just one pirating site.
There are many pirating sites with copies of Playing with Fire.
Readers are already asking, on those sites, when they’ll get copies of the Flame Game.
There are pirates currently distributing viruses using the Flame Game, because that’s a profitable (for them) way of accessing idiots. And yes, when you download a book before it’s been written because you’re greedy and don’t want to pay for it… you’re definitely an idiot.
You probably deserve to have your financial information stolen while attempting an act of theft yourself.
And yes, stealing books is theft. If you want to read books for free, go to the fucking library and stop stealing shit.
Oh, and Burn, Baby, Burn? Has about as many pirated copies floating around as Playing with Fire.
Burn, Baby, Burn has sold fewer than 7,000 copies on Amazon.
It’s been pirated tens upon tens of thousands of times on one pirating site.
When you pirate books, you directly fuck over the creator. The creators stop creating. Some creators write books for their personal pleasure and stop sharing them with the world. Truth be told? That is what is going to ultimately happen to the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series. They’ll be written for fun.
They won’t be published.
The money stops working after a point.
I’m not Rowling. I’m not King. I’m not Martin. I’m not a whole lot of authors who have the support of a big publisher trying to contain the piracy issue. There’s one of me, and I can’t realistically afford to pay a PA hours upon hours upon hours of attempting to slow the tide of piracy.
It doesn’t work.
The pirates continue to pirate.
(And then they get mad at us because we stop producing the books they want. Well, maybe if they’d just gone to the fucking library instead of stealing the books, we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now.)
P.S.: The library systems are really, really easily accessible in digital format, and you can even read on your kindle. If money is an issue, and you live in the US, check your public library. You can get a lot of great books and pay the authors at the same time.
Yes, the public libraries pay us when people read our books.
But really, don’t stab your creators, artists, writers, and so on in the back, and that’s what you’re doing when you steal their stuff.
At some point, the artists, writers, and creators have to say no.
Then the creations stop.
Maybe they keep it to themselves.
Maybe they just stop creating.
But the creations stop.
Pirates are a huge part of why the creations stop.
We’re sorry for those of you who liked the Witch & Wolf world, but the pirates won. The female is no longer able or really all that willing to deal with the problems of piracy and that series. (In the screenshot, you can get an idea of how common the Witch & Wolf piracy issue is, as it has two new entries just on the first random page that was mostly piracy results.)
That’s just from the past week.
The female may adjust the final releases of the W&W series because of the rampant surge of piracy on it in the past few weeks, truth be told. She’ll still release License to Kill and Wolf Hunt on schedule (with the exception if she has to push one back a month because of her CRAZY ASS schedule.)
But it might be 2-3 years before Dual Nature and The Edge of Midnight. The piracy issue is just that severe on the series.
You know how pools get closed if kids shit or piss in them?
This is the equivalent of that in the book world.
Pirates like to say it’s exposure.
Exposure doesn’t pay the bills.
Exposure doesn’t pay the staff.
Exposure does nothing except justify to cheap thieves why they should get something for free.
And that’s the story of how the female wishes to light Witch & Wolf and the Flame Game on fire this week.
She stopped counting after five instances of considerate pirates offering up copies of the book.
P.S.: The book hasn’t been written, and you’re downloading viruses. And if you’re dumb enough to pirate a book, you probably deserve the virus.
And no, we will not help you should you have illegally acquired a book and don’t understand why it’s not working or your computer is acting weird.
So don’t ask. We’re nice here at the Furred & Frond Management, but we’re not anywhere near that nice.
We’ll probably tell you that the computer was insulted you used it to commit an act of theft and then delete your email.
So, onto the nicer things:
Bath bombs. We love this store. Quick ship, and they have their own website, but they are also on Amazon for those who like the zon. The store’s name is Relaxcation.
She got six of those, and she got two citrine, one amethyst, one stripey rock that’s a nice purply gray, and two clear quartz. (One is an ice quartz, the other is opaque.) She likes playing with them because playing with them is relaxing.
You can pick your scents on that. They’re lovely. Female really enjoys them.
These are some of her favorite cards. She just ordered four more packs for her adventures in card giving.
These are also some of her favorite cards, as they’re completely blank and the paper pattern is super pretty. She is using these for most of the cards for her card giving adventures. Unfortunately, these ones are no longer in stock, and she does not nearly have enough of them to finish her sending. This is a problem.
Fortunately or unfortunately, she is slow at sending out cards, but it’s getting done. There are 500 to do. She’s done… maybe 15 plus a few packages.
She’ll get there. Slow and steady wins the race, right?
We are going to go now. Today has been exhausting.
The Author: 0, Pirates: 1.