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This is an audio outtake from the actual book, with Mac/JZB interaction (get your minds out of that gutter! LOL! The gutter doesn't come until tomorrow...oh! Did I say that?) Do not listen if you don't want to know anything about the book before you read it. Though it doesn't exactly contain what I would call spoilers, it is part of the book.
I was at Joseph Beth yesterday signing pre-orders and saw so many familiar names (Jo, crazy Jo, Stapes, Esther Marie, and many more) on the books! It was a total blast. I felt almost as if you were all sitting around me (with duct-tape over your mouths of course, because I wasn't being bombarded with questions). I can't wait to meet those of you coming in for the signing, and see familiar faces. I can't thank you enough for your support of Dreamfever and for helping independent bookstores like JB hold their place in the publishing world.
I hate to move from a happy note to an unpleasant topic but I have to say it, at least once.
Lately I've been hearing from authors and publishers that internet piracy of books has become such a significant problem that it’s destroying careers. Midlist authors are losing contracts because so many people are stealing the book instead of paying for it. Great new voices are being lost before they even really get to begin. I may be a hopeless idealist, but I believe most people don't think "Gee, I'm stealing a book." Rather they think, "Well, if it was illegal, surely someone would stop me, so it must be okay."
Unfortunately the Internet defies anyone's efforts to stop it. For every ten illegal copies pulled down, a hundred more go up. Passing a book to a friend is one thing. We all do it. But uploading it so thousands, and in some case tens of thousands can copy it? What are these people thinking? Do they want the authors to lose their jobs? Do they think authors shouldn't get paid for their work? I don't get the mind-set. But then I've spent most of my life working two jobs.
I think people don’t realize the crippling impact of what they’re doing when they download an illegal copy of a book, so I’m going to share a bit of personal information.
At a single illegal download site last month, over 70,000 copies of three of my books had been downloaded. 70,000 at one site! Does it hurt me financially? Yes. Will I survive it? Maybe. It depends on how much worse it gets. (Then there's the whole emotional component: creating springs from joy; to watch what you've created get stolen nihilates that joy. It's a tough tangle of emotions to balance.) Will less-successful authors survive it? No, many of them won’t. Many of them will lose their contracts, or quit writing because they can’t afford it anymore, and some will give up the ghost simply because they can't bear to see their hard work stolen. It is theft.
I love libraries. I love used book stores. But uploading books illegally so hundreds of thousands of others can download them illegally is wrong. It’s a violation of copyright, it’s illegal and it must stop. Illegal downloads end up driving prices higher for the actual book, and consign wonderful new voices to oblivion before they even get a chance to perfect their craft. I don’t know which bothers me more: the idea that I could lose my job, or the thought that there are fabulous storytellers out there I may never get to read because their contracts get cancelled due to poor sales. I love you guys and know you aren’t the ones doing it.
What I’m asking is that you raise the awareness of someone you know that is doing it. Save the midlist writers that may be the next Stephanie Meyer or Stephen King, and give anonymous theft a kick in the petunia!
If you come across a site offering illegal downloads of my books, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm hopping off my soapbox now.
I hope you love this clip! Stay tuned for a newsletter tomorrow or Sunday with something scorching!
Friday, August 14, 2009
We have another teaser for you!