Piracy

I’m on a lot of author loops and there has been much discussion about copyright laws and piracy. So today’s blog is about this serious topic.

My comment is a question to you as regards copyright and whether places like Google Books should be allowed to post my entire book for anyone to read for free. Why should the books I produce be given away free unless I want them to be free? I work hard on my stories. They are a commodity like anything else manufactured. Sears does not give away their tools for free. Starbucks doesn’t give away their coffee for free, so why should the right to sell my work be given to someone else so they can give it away for free? I work hard on each story. They take years of my life. And Google and other pirates want to just give that away? So… if I want to advertise on Google, will they give me that for free? Yeah, I didn’t think so. These pirates are taking money out of my pocket the same as any thief stealing from a store. They think they have a right to my work – to give it away. But why? Why do they have the right to give away what I produced? It is *my* work – not theirs. I make almost no money off my work as it is, and giving away copies takes money away from me.

To illustrate this a little better, let me use an example. One of my friends recently self-published a book. It’s a really good action-adventure romance story and the second in a series. She has been following sales and checking “free” sites frequently. So far… she’s had three sales – all of them to friends of hers (yes, I was one), and over 2000 free downloads from various sites. Two thousand! That’s two thousand sales she is out of.

And yes, back years ago, when the internet was new, things like free downloads didn’t garner much attention because people didn’t know about copyright laws back then. But we do now. It’s common knowledge that, unless the person who made the product agrees that it can be free, they should be paid for it. Pirate sites who blatantly ignore copyright laws and ethics should not be allowed to continue with their thievery.

On occasion, sellers and authors do offer their works for free. That’s fine. That’s legitimate. But be sure the site you’re getting it from is a legitimate site and not a pirate.

Please think, the next time you go to download something. Is it free because the seller and author offered it for free? Or is it free because the site owner grabbed a copy and doesn’t want to pay for the work?

Thanks – I’ll get off my soapbox now.

Vicki

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The End isn’t…

When an auhors write “The End” on their stories, that’s all they have to do, right? Agents, publishers and readers will come knocking at their doors, eager to put that wonderful piece of writing out there for everyone to see.

Hah.

Sorry, but like most things in life, it doesn’t exactly work that way. First drafts are rarely ready for publication. Unfortunately, a lot of authors think they are and when those agents and publishers don’t come calling, they put them out themselves. Which is why we have thousands of sub-standard, unedited manuscripts out there.

A first draft should go through at least three revisions before the author should even *think* of submitting it to an agent or publisher. And it helps if you have a critique partner to help you with these revisions. Note, I said “critique partner” and not “editor”. Unless you are going the self-publishing route, you really don’t need a full editor at this point. If you can find a good crit-partner, you will save yourself a ton of money that you don’t need to spend. Check on my “writer’s place” page for more on this. I’ll be adding stuff there over the next few weeks.

But this blog is all about me and my journey with my new book “What the Carpenter Saw”. After writing “The End”, it went through two critiques and several revisions before I submitted it. Then I waited. And waited. Seven long, never-wracking weeks – which is actually a rather short amount of time. I have waited up to a year for an answer from other publishers for other works. But Dreamspinner must have seen something because I was accepted. Contract was offered and signed and now the real work begins.

Stay tuned to find out what comes next.

A New Me

Hi there! This is the new me. Vicki Reese. Some of you know me as Victoria, but I really do prefer Vicki. 🙂

This blog and site will be all about my books coming from Dreamspinner Press, and a little about me. I’ll also (eventually) have writer tips and ideas for those of you who want to be writers. I’ve been one under various names for sixteen years (wow!) and an editor for even longer than that. But, I am new to Dreamspinner. So join me as we take this journey together and maybe we’ll all learn something.

Vicki