Reporters. Ya gotta love’em. Why just report something when you can report it sensationally? It’s the written equivalent of jazz hands. If you’ve been on any of the various writing forums lately, you’ve come across this article from The Register. To summarize, there is a new kind of spam – Kindle Spam. Basically, there are people out there that are stealing other people’s work and publishing it under their own name so that they can collect the royalties. If you think this isn’t a problem, check out what TC Southwell had to go through to reclaim her books on Amazon. While I empathize with her plight, it’s easy to see why Amazon made her jump through all the hoops she did to prove that she was the original author. If they didn’t, pirates would find successful indie books and try to “reclaim” them from Amazon. It’d be a nightmare.
Of course, it’s an issue of piracy. Saying it’s spam is really a misnomer. It’s out-and-out theft. But the conclusion that the author of the article comes to is faulty. He suggests that a monetary cost to uploading books would detract pirates. That, somehow, a monetary barrier to entry would make all the pirates magically go away.
Let’s just think about that for a moment.
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The cover to the sequel to Bob Moore: No Hero is now (mostly) official. I have to say, once again, James Riot gave me both what I wanted and what I needed. I gave him some suggestions, some of which he ignored. This, to me, is exactly how it should be. When I work with my beta readers, I critically examine everything they say. I keep what I think works (regardless of what they think) and discard the rest. Eventually, we all end up agreeing to either disagree or that the solution, while not what they would do, works.
The same with James. I’d say that he took all my main suggestions but one. That one he responded to the effect, “I’m the artist, shut up.” And I did. Of course, I love the cover. It’s very dramatic and interesting. When I’ve shown it to people I’ve heard, “Who’s the girl? And the figure in the background? What’s that about?” If a cover makes you want to know more, it has done its job. I’m sure I’ll get another slew of, “I only downloaded the book because of the cover,” comments again. Great Job James. If you are looking for a cover of similar quality, check him out at his website.
Through nothing but serendipity, I’ve had two interviews and a feature in the last two days. I requested these all long ago at different times. The interviews were done virtually (they sent me the questions and I responded) and I’ve made sure that each was unique. I’m not sure how this will affect the downloads of Bob but it certainly can’t hurt. I’ve also heard from James and the cover from the almost finished sequel (by “almost finished” I mean first draft) is almost done. So, that’s exciting too. At least for me. Maybe for you too. Check after the break for the links. Continue reading Carpet Bombing the Internet