Ahoy! More Pirates!

Today a fellow author alerted me to audiobooks being pirated on iTunes as PODCASTS. And sure enough, I found both my audiobooks on there.

I’ve filled out the form alerting them to pirated content so we’ll see how long it takes for them to take them down. I don’t even know to whom I need to send a DMCA notice other than iTunes but it is what it is.

This and all the shenanigans with Amazon regarding my sales brought back something my first boss told me. I was working as a radio newscaster for a year and the pay was so low that my father had to supplement my income because he said that his janitor made more money. When I asked the boss for a raise, he simply laughed and said, didn’t you know? You have to be rich to work here.

So technically, that’s what I’ve come to realize about being an author. You have to be stinking rich to want to write day in and day out, pay for advertising and promotions, come up with smart newsletters and engage with readers on Facebook groups and give away tons of prizes to still want to get up the next day and pound that keyboard and tell those stories. That way, there’s a cushion for things such as piracy and low sales… or no sales.

And to think it’s only Monday…

7 thoughts on “Ahoy! More Pirates!

  1. Oh wow! That’s cray. So someone else has been profiting from your work? I hope Apple catches up to them and sends you the money for every download. They should have a better way to validate ownership of content.

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    1. I think it’s part of the package when one does creative work. It’s bound to get stolen one way or another and in one way, it’s something I need to accept but on the other hand, there needs to be an exchange happening somewhere.

      I started a Patreon account years ago after reading Amanda Palmer’s book The Power of Asking (i think that was the title) and she said that it’s okay to give away your creative work but also to give the customer a way to give back because sometimes they want to. And that’s where Patreon comes in. it takes a lot of work and consistency and my secret pen name actually has one but I need to be more consistent with it. I’m supposed to be writing a short story featuring domestic discipline and I spent the time daydreaming about it instead of writing it. Too bad daydreaming doesn’t exactly have a tangible result that my patrons can see lol

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  2. I’m sorry to hear your audiobooks got stolen. It amazes me how people steal from the creative types. First of all, we don’t make that much money, it’s hard for us to get readers, and as you mentioned, most of the promotional work is up to us. Ugh, it’s so frustrating to deal with! Hang in there, Liz 😦

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    1. The podcast episodes featuring my books have been taken down but the site(s because there are so many of them) are still up with hundreds of other audiobooks being offered for free. It’s like whack-a-mole. You get rid of one but another one or more are bound to pop up as soon as you think you’re done.

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