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My Two Vows – A Post About Piracy and some Other Stuff

Friday, August 10th, 2012

I’ve been working on revisions to my historical romance novella Wordless and I’m almost done. I think we’ll see the fork here pretty soon. This means I’ve been madly revising, which is hard work.

The day job is …. interesting, challenging work, that’s all I’ll say.

On the heels of the StopTheGRBullies debacle we now have the LendInk debacle. I watched a part of it play out in a certain arena. Since I had, in that arena, made known my opinions on the subject of piracy, I stayed out of the hysteria. (See below, as I feel a restatement is in order.)

But gee. This is kind of depressing. There were people, a couple of whom are lawyers, who posted very clear statements that LendInk was not a pirate site. I’d like to think that some people’s minds were changed and they stayed out of the matter.

What I have to say about Piracy

If you are an author, you do not currently have proof that piracy harms your sales. No. Proof. There are NO VALID statistics to support a claim that you have lost money through the piracy of your books. Every single “study” that attaches a dollar amount of losses to piracy has been soundly debunked or worse, shown to be based on made up numbers. I used quotes around study because when you make up your facts, they’re not facts and your study is not really a study in the rigorous sense that the word deserves.

I am not saying that there won’t be valid statistics one day. But there are none now.

There is a growing amount of anecdotal evidence that goes like this: I gave my book away for free (either outright or via a pirate site) and I sold more books.

I have never heard any anecdote like this: I send DCMA notices to every pirate site I encounter and I sell more books.

Naturally, anecdotal evidence should be confirmed with a valid, statistically rigorous study to prove the validity of the perception. For example, in the case of statement one, maybe the people who get a book out there for free and then sell FEWER books than before don’t announce that fact. Perhaps we only see the “piracy sells books!” because the people who experience the opposite don’t talk about it. (But then, of course, the few valid statistics strongly suggest statement one is accurate.)

My Vow

Until I have evidence that I should be spending time and money fighting piracy, I will happily continue privately smirking at people who do. Yes. I will smirk. Because while you are organizing your band of anti-pirates and paying companies to send notices, I am writing my next book and investing my money in good editing.

Advantage: Carolyn.

Please carry on!

My other Vow

Publishers are currently taking so many actions that make readers hate them that I’m not going to do one darn thing to support those anti-reader policies:

DRM
No Lending
No text-to-voice
Geographical restrictions
Horrible formatting
over priced products

Not one.

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Random Thoughts

Monday, February 8th, 2010

1. Why Mondays? Seriously. Why?

2. I don’t get why authors beg other authors to go vote for them in a reader poll. This is different, by the way, from alerting your readers about such a poll. I’m talking about appealing directly to groups of other authors. Let’s say that works and all your author friends vote for you in droves and YAY! You win. Well, so what? You didn’t win because readers loved your book. You won because you begged. How good will you feel afterward? All right, so I get why authors do that, because then you can brag about the win and maybe you’ll get some increased sales. But inside, you’ll know it’s a lie. Am I crazy for feeling that way?
3. I kind of feel the same way about my mailing list, which is quite small. Trust, me the numbers are nothing to brag about. But if I make people sign up for my mailing list in order to enter a contest or what have you, don’t I end up with a bunch of people who are on my newsletter list to win stuff? I want people on the list because they want to know about my books. Is that dumb of me? I suspect it is. But I can’t help feeling that way.
4. I’m serious about the Monday question.
5. I recently did an interesting track down search for a funny post that I originally saw on Twitter that said, basically, something about editor humor. Well, I’m all about finding out if editors really do have a sense of humor. (Kidding!! I know you do!! Editors are some of the funniest people I know.)
Anyway, I clicked through and landed at the always wonderful SciFi Guy Blog. This post was headed Why Werewolves Teach Their Kids Grammar which gave credit to the blog Only The Best SciFi/Fantasy with their post titled, A touching Story of How Grammar saved A Life. That post credited Boing Boing but without a link back. But I found that post which is titled Fun with Punctuation and it credits Dweebist. The Dweebist post is titled merely Commas, and it seems to be the source.
It’s like Internet Telephone. From commas to saving lives, to werewolf humor to editor humor.
But it’s still funny.
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