Wednesday, March 7, 2018

IWSG & Piracy Update

The cohosts this month are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!
How am I feeling at the moment?
Not as stressed as I was a week ago!

Monday night, after a week of torment, iBooks finally pulled my pirated book from their site. As far as I know, all the authors whose books were pirated have been pulled.

Lessons learned from this experience:
  1. If you aren't following yourself on BookBub, do so. That's how I found out my book was on iBooks.
  2. Document the writing of your story as you go along--post little snippets on social media. This helps to document that you're the author because you have a "paper" trail, of sorts.
  3. Introduce your characters over time to your followers, whether on social media or in your newsletter. Once again, it leaves a trail documenting your creation of the book.
I contacted iBooks and asked them what I could provide to help prove my case. I offered screen captures of the numbers 2 and 3 above. I also offered to provide them with a copy of the invoice for my cover, from my two editors, copies of the critiques from my critique partners, emails from my advance review team for the contest I held where they searched for typos, and the contract I have with a narrator to create the audiobook.

I also submitted the copyright paperwork for the book. I will be sure to do that from now on before release.

Have you ever had your material pirated on a legitimate website or *gasp* plagiarized? 
If so, how did you handle it?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Piracy Update

Do you know any of these authors? I've attempted to contact them all. I've confirmed that four of us have been pirated by this Digital Unicorn Bay "publisher."

It wouldn't hurt to check with any author friends to have them check iBooks for pirated works there.

Sadly, my pirated book is still on iBooks.

Some of us are tweeting about it and could use some retweets, if you're willing.

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