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What Is Good About Being Pirated?

Updated on December 10, 2014

Any Press Is Good Press

This is true, if no one knows you and you only have one book out. This could make a name for you.

Your sells might become very low. Then, you give the books away for free or close to free. Someone takes your book. They leave the cover on it and sell it on their sale site.

This sounds horrible but look what is happening to the book. It is placed to sell elsewhere without marketing. Someone had to do the work for you to post the book on the site. Sometimes the books are on the site for free. They are working for free.

You do not get any money from any sale. However, the book site is making money by books just for being on the site.

This is still illegal. Try to take your book of the site. If you can though, check if there are sales numbers or review for your book.

Maybe, you can keep the review for your blog. The book is your book. Hopefully, the book has a real review about your book before they take the book review down.

Why Do The Sites Not Care?

They may be making money per-click. It is possible, but not proven by me, that the site is doing all the pirating of the site itself.

What The Sites Have To Do

The site has to take down the book if you tell them you are the author.

Look in Google Alerts to see if your book is pirated by someone.

Where You Are Not Quite Pirated

Some sites trade books with other people on the site. They buy books on one site to increase and sell the book on another site.

This is done on Amazon with used copies of books. Someone sells your book that they already own.

They Are Still Taking Your Stuff

Pirates of books could be anyone. What I am saying is they you have make someone care about your book to actually get it pirated by someone.

They are still taking your stuff. You should report the person or place or places that take your stuff.

If someone walked it your home when the door was open and took your TV, it is still a theft. You own the rights to your book. The first rights to publish are yours unless you have given them away to some publisher.

If you gave away your rights, let someone else worry about the sales. They have people to market your book. Or, this might lead to you talking to your agent or the publisher about what site you think might be pirating your novel.

Some publishers might have a sales quota for your book. If your publisher sells less books than your next book or books contract may be less money for the next contract.

Your Contract

The company you have a deal with wants to sell 500 copies. Some site sees your book, they like it. However, the site that wants to sell your book is full of pirated books.

The next think you know your book is pirated. The sells will not be recorded by the company but someone else.

Someone buys your book from a copy that has one of this books. (Keep an eye out for this people and report them. It is your money they are playing with.)

Your publisher might tell you that they have not met the quota for your book. Your next advance is going to be lower. If you get a large check, say that covers your one of the fallowing: home, car, garbage, property tax, food and water, this will affect you.

Now, you have to write more books to pay for your lifestyle.

Your Advance Is Per Book

There is loyalty that lies between an author and a publisher, but when your sales drop they could drop you.

I know this might not be true to the rare few that have a book contract for life with the big 5. Stephen King is not going to be dropped by a publisher. If he is pirated the marketing team can be politely fired, if Mr. King decides that he is upset. Jobs are lost. Extra money has to be spent to train new people.

If you are a normal person who does not have large contract then your quota may determine your next contract.


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