So with kidlets in bed last night, thought I'd do a bit of research for current WIP.
Before I started, I whizzed through my emails to clear my inbox and discovered a nasty snake curled up there...in the form of a Google Alert for my latest Harlequin Presents.
What's so bad about that?
'The Boss's Bedroom Agenda' was freely available on an illegal download site!
A reader had uploaded it last week and the book had been viewed 248 times already.
As you know from my posts here, a lot goes into writing a book. Loads of blood, sweat and tears. If you enjoy my books, I'd hope you'd shout it to the world: tell your friends/family/dentist/grocer/librarian/everyone to go out and buy copies of my books. Lend them to friends. Spread the word.
What I'd hope you wouldn't do after enjoying one of my books is upload to a site where hundreds of people can download it for free.
As Trish Wylie succinctly put it in her post here, it's stealing.
Our books are copyrighted.
When I lose out on sales, my sales figures go down.
My sales figures continue to go down, my publisher doesn't want to buy any more of my books and you don't get to read any.
That's the way it goes.
This blatant disregard for respecting authors' work makes me mad.
Yes, I spend a small fortune on books but I want to keep reading my favourite authors.
As for the steam coming out of my ears...every time I find one of my books being illegally downloaded from the Net, I have to report it to Harlequin.
It's a pain.
And I'd much rather be writing.
Wish these darn download sites would disappear into cyberspace forever...