Piracy Will Ruin What You LOVE

I get so upset about piracy.  Book piracy in particular, but it bothers me to see friends and family with pirated movies as well.  They don’t seem to realize it’s not only illegal, it’s stealing–that it will slow down the production of books and movies. 

It hurts so many people on so many levels.

But I’m finding most don’t care.  It’s so depressing.  Ebay alone is full of people selling copies of books.  That is money out of every author’s pocket.  It’s why so many are not getting contracts renewed, why so many new authors are having trouble breaking in.  People live under the delusion that authors make the big bucks.  They don’t. In fact most have more than one job.  They work long, hard hours to create and hope they can make a career–hope they’ll be able to take care of their families.  And people are downloading free books over and over without a care for what that is doing to the industry. 

Here is an EXCELLENT breakdown of excuses people use and exactly what this theft is doing to authors. 

http://shilohwalker.com/piracy.htm

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About Rinda Elliott

Writer.I love unusual stories and credit growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction and romance kept us amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, I tried to separate my darker side with my humorous and romantic one. I published short fiction, but things really started happening when I gave in and mixed it up. When not lost in fiction, I love making wine, collecting music, gaming and spending time with my husband and two children. I’m represented by Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
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One Response to Piracy Will Ruin What You LOVE

  1. Shiloh wrote a wonderful blog. Although I love writing and publishing and promoting, it’s hard work. And, Rinda, you’re right. Most of us have day jobs, and mine is 40 hours a week( as it is for so many other writers). Add to that the writing gig, and I have two jobs. While I’d like the writing to be the only job, that’s not going to happen if people pirate my work and diminish my sales.

    So, lets support one another. I know our fellow writers and most of our readers don’t pirate. But, if someone reading this does…please, stop.

    Thank you.
    S.

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