I’m getting a lot of searches from people looking to download Kithra and now Replicant free. I truly wish you could understand what this does to an author. I’ve worked years to publish and in the last few, my family has suffered in this economy. I love to write and yes, I do it for the love, but it has also become a way for me to support my family.
I have Google Alerts set up in the hopes of running across a good review or two and every morning, I’m waking up to sites that have put my book up for free. I’ve seen the arguments–that these people wouldn’t have bought the book anyway. That I should be happy people are interested in my work. Sure, I’m happy people want to read my book, but watching people steal takes away all that pleasure. And it is stealing. I’ve seen more free downloads on one site than books I’ve sold.
There is no justification for that–not when the book is available at such a low price and it’s available all over the world. I know this won’t help, that it falls on deaf ears. I’ve been told to just learn to deal with this and I’m sure I will. But the “in your face” disregard for my hard work is just a little painful right now as I watch so many have so little respect for the work it takes to write.