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Two great pieces of news

First, Amazon has removed the pirated copy of “50 Years Waiting”!  I am so pleased, and want to offer my sincere thanks to everyone who left comments here on the blog, and reviews and ‘likes’ on those reviews at the pirated story.  Especially I want to mention Dianne Gray, who wrote about this on her site; the outpouring of support was a joy in what was one of the most confusing and distressing moments of my indie career.  Thanks, from the bottom of my heart, to all who assisted in the cessation of this thievery.  And kudos to Amazon, who speedily rectified this situation.

Trash Day! by Top Writers Block

Second, Trash Day!, a collection of short stories, was released today by Top Writers Block.  My contribution, “The American Way”, is a poem; I’ve been in a poetic mood as of late.  I’ve also been happy for a break from reality, and this gathering of tales, from flash fiction to short yarns in a gamut of genres, entertained and intrigued.  All proceeds go to Sea Shepherd, and at two dollars, it’s a great deal.  Get yours today from Smashwords, where you can find other fine anthologies by indie authors coming together to share stories and raise funds for the betterment of our oceans and waterways.

My short story has been pirated at Amazon

Well, this was certainly not what I expected to find; occasionally I check the search engine links on my novels.  Today I happened to choose the new release, just out of curiosity.  To my utter astonishment  “50 Years Waiting” was showing up as a Kindle release.

I never put my books on Amazon.  What in the world was it doing there?

Someone had freely downloaded the story from Smashwords (the only place it is legally available), and on the 16th of March, uploaded it for sale to Amazon.  I was so gobsmacked, I just stared at the page.  I know this has happened to other authors, Nicky Charles for instance.  She writes free paranormal romances, and for ages has had this problem.  She has finally resorted to uploading her novels onto Amazon for .99 cents to fight the pirates.

Pirates, dude!  Who in the world wants to pirate my stories?

Well, someone.  Thus the rest of my afternoon will be spent sorting this issue, but in the meantime I’ve put a disclaimer on this site’s home page.  I don’t think I need to take Nicky Charles’ route; I don’t have even a smidgen of her readers.  But it’s the point.  The point is that I wrote that short story (It’s a short story for goodness sake!) and have chosen not to profit from it.  The pirate didn’t even bother to remove the Smashwords License Notes.

Just a small travail in an author’s walk.

Update: Originally I didn’t link to the Amazon site, not wishing to give it any more notice, however, it’s here, where I have left a one-star review, noting that it is a pirated copy.  If you feel so inclined, please do the same, or perhaps click that my review was helpful.  Until I can sort this out, I want to make it as difficult as possible for the thief to earn a penny from this stolen manuscript.

Updated again:  As of 21 March, 2013, 10.20 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time, the site has been shut down.  I have yet to hear from Amazon proper, but “50 Years Waiting” no longer graces Amazon’s shelves.  Thanks so much to all who left comments, wrote reviews, and noted those reviews were helpful.  More on this soon…

Amazon might not be cordial with Smashwords but…

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie have put their money where their hearts are, donating two and a half million dollars to defend the gay marriage law in Washington State.  I don’t distribute my ebooks through Amazon for two reasons; they don’t have a deal with Smashwords, and they aren’t keen on free ebooks.  Even if I charged for my novels, I just don’t have the time to format them for Kindle, when Smash already does that.  One of these days Amazon might become copacetic with Smashwords, but that’s getting away from what I wanted to note today.

When I read about this on the BBC, I was actually on a hunt about the Olympic Opening Ceremonies.  Sort of nice being eight hours behind, catching up as I drink tea, come to consciousness.  But this article was pretty much front and center, and while I sniff at Amazon’s attempts to take over the world, I am so pleased that when it came down to brass tacks, Bezos did more than Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer, way more.  Maybe it was an email written to him by a former employee from the early days.  Maybe this just struck some chord.  It does with me, a couple of my books noting this issue.  Not sure why I thought about it this morning, was just waiting for the kettle to chime, thinking how lucky I am to do what I love, and be married to whom I adore.  Sometimes those things get taken for granted, but they really are a priceless treasure.