This week I found out that the only book that I've released in Spanish, a story about romance and bull fighting, has been downloaded and uploaded to a site, where it's being distributed as a free book.
The book, Corazon, Muleta y Estoque is only available on Amazon, across all their stores. The book was never distributed as a PDF or any other e-book format to reviewers. When I released said book, I did it because I loved the story, and I knew nothing about the self-publishing world.
I thought therefore, as the book was only sold on Amazon, it would be protected from pirates. Alas no, it wasn't. Apparently it's very easy to crack ebooks and turn them into files that are easily distributed.
It's extremely disappointing that people feel that they can steal your work, put it up on a site and then distribute it free. They don't see anything wrong with this. I mean e-books cost peanuts. The most I've paid for an indie book has been $5.00. And I paid it happily. Probably because I know how hard it is to produce a book.
It's unfortunate that people who are actually uploading books to free sites, aren't thinking about what this does to the author. So in the hope that this will help stop piracy, I'm going to share a few of my experiences as an author.
Writing is a Job,
Writing is my main job. I spend my days writing, editing, contacting reviewers, organizing blog tours, contacting book cover designers, editors, etc. And so far, on this particular book, I've lost thousands of dollars, because of one person who decided that it was okay to take my work, and upload it to a free site.
It's sad that people don't think twice, before doing things like this. You see, as an author, I spend hours poured over my manuscripts. I write the story, then I have to edit, and polish it and then give it to my Alpha Reader, who then comments and emails it back to me. After that, I work for weeks before I contact my editor.
For this particular book I had two editors. One who did the editing for free, and another one who charged a lot of money. Money that an author can only recoup by selling the book.
I had to pay for the licensing fee to use the picture that I'm using on the cover. As this was my first book, I added the wording myself. However, if I'd used a book cover designer like I've done for my Chronicles of the Interred series, I would have spent anywhere between $600 and $1000 depending on the cover designer. And people still think that it's fine to take an author's book and upload it to a site for free.
An author spends anywhere between hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars before the book reaches Amazon, Kobo, Ibooks, Barnes and Noble, etc. Book covers, editors, licensing fees for stock photographs, or in some cases the fees that are needed to be paid to a photographer and models, blog tours, prizes etc.
Basically, every time an author puts a book out there, chances are that they're not going to make half of what was spent before the book is actually live. It takes years for authors to build a fan base, and for that to turn into sales and cover the initial investment.
So please, don't accept pirated copies, don't download illegally distributed books. Most of all, please, please, remember that all authors put an amazing amount of time in their books, their characters. To Authors everywhere these books are their babies. And in most cases, these books are their sole income. If you know a pirate, or pirating site, please report them.
Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn’t have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to help protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her Aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernaturals—creatures who harm humans or who have committed an act against their kingdom.
Zahara’s hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that—except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn’t the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago Coven in South Florida –supernatural creatures with the ability to control water . . . and suck out human souls.
Zahara has no time to focus on how she’s going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have a tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina’s coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.
Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven she doesn’t think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.
Normal just got a deadlier definition.
Meanwhile, Zahara and Becca are spending more time brushing up on their training, knowing an attack from Lucifer can come at any moment. Between patrolling neighborhoods and hanging at the boarding school created by Charles Stephens—a fallen angel who created the school to protect the children of rogue supernaturals—they are thrown into one battle after another. Zahara begins to develop a closer bond with Jason as they train and chase down clues to clear Rekesh’s name. What she doesn’t know is the very powerful secret Jason is keeping; a secret that will change the course of the fight with Lucifer.
But Rekesh’s coven being set up isn’t the only danger. A new powerful and lethal drug has emerged from the shadows of the supernatural world called Inferi. The drug has two deadly side effects: it leaves the supernatural hungering for blood—both human and supernatural—and grants them the elemental power they had once possessed.
Lucifer is on the move and he will stop at nothing to get his hands on Zahara and complete the first act of his plan.
A battle is about to begin.
One that may cost the Faraday family everything they hold dear.
She published her debut novel, Lucifer (Sons of Old Trilogy #1), in January 2013. The second novel, Michael (Sons of Old Trilogy #2) will be released on May 28, 2014. And the final installment in the Sons of Old Trilogy, Nephilim, will be out in Summer 2015.
I’m so excited to celebrate the release of book two in Jennifer Snyder’s Succubus Kiss series, SAVOR! Enjoy reading novels with paranormal elements, mystery, and a touch of romance? This series has it all!
Succubus Kenna Blake has been infected by a wraith…
The infection is just the beginning. As the wraith slowly gains control, Kenna must fight to keep a firm hold on her succubus nature, before she disappears completely.
Following the only clue her mother has to offer, she tracks down the infamous Luke Bloom, owner of Love Potion #9, hoping for the answers she desperately needs. Unfortunately, Luke doesn’t harbor the magic that could rid her of the wraith and save Kenna’s soul…but his twin sister, Lexy does.
The problem: Lexy Bloom relinquished her magic five years ago and went into hiding.
As Kenna finds herself plagued by nightmares created by the wraith, she vows to do whatever necessary to rid herself of its darkness. Until she learns her only escape comes in the form of a rare spell requiring a shocking cost…
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Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing New Adult and Young Adult Fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is a tea lover with an obsession for Post-it notes and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.
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The contributors of the Tales of the Fairy Anthology: Volume 2: Steampunk Fairies are proud to present the official cover for this amazing collection of magic and machines, releasing on May 06, 2015. To join the release party for fun, games, and prizes, please click here.
About the Cover
This sensational piece of art was created by world renown artist and judge of the GSNTV television show 'Skin Wars', Mr. Craig Tracy. The very talented and generous Mr. Tracy owns his own art gallery in New Orleans, The Craig Tracy Gallery. For more information about Mr. Tracy, please click here.
About the Book
Never before have magic and machines come together in such a way as brought to you by the sixteen authors, poets, and artists of this collaboration. When the world of the Fae meets Steampunk, all things are possible and there are no limits to the places you will visit, the creatures you will meet, and the technology that you will discover. Put a little magic in your gears and open up your minds and hearts as you enter the world of Steampunk Fairies.
Andrea L. Staum
Beth W. Patterson
Nicole L Daffurn
Stephen T. De Marino
Craig Tracy of The Craig Tracy Gallery