Sunday, August 31, 2014

Illegal Downloaders of my Book! You Know Who You Are, You Silly Rascals!

So tonight I found a website that is offering a free PDF download of my book Wings of the Divided. I'm both flattered and face-palming this special bit of information. Why? I'll tell ya.

On the one hand I am so totally thrilled that y'all liked it so much that you've gotta share it for free. That makes me feel great! It's why I wrote the book--so people could read it!

But on the other hand, I am a little bit sad because I'm already offering the book for pretty cheap. Also, if people are downloading it free from alternate sites, I have no record of how many people are doing this. And if I don't have a record of people buying it, I assume that nobody is downloading it, and nobody is interested. That doesn't fuel future projects of the same sort, if you know what I mean.

See where I'm going here?

Look. I know people are going to download things for free. I used to do it back in the day with CD's because it was so temptingly easy. But now, I understand that artists make their living based on sales of their albums, books, etc., so I make sure I actually *buy* their work now to show my support and keep them working.

I've set WINGS at $0.99 this past week. I did this before I even knew about the illegal freebies. It'll stay that way for a while. I also run legal freebies a few times a year. So I'm trying to make it easy on people (like me) who are on a budget.

I'm not here to gripe or tell you that you're going to hell for downloading a free PDF of my book, or even to tell you that you're stealing. I'm just saying this: please consider what you're doing when you d/l my book(s) for free. I've got no record that you bought the book when you do this, no review, no feedback, and definitely no money--though the money is the least of my concerns.

And for the offending sites: if you are offering my book for free, please consider taking it down out of courtesy to me, the author, who just wants to make a few cents per book. I'm not even out to get rich; I'm just wanting to know people are interested! And I can't know if you're giving it away without my knowledge.

If you are one of the folks downloading my book for free, please consider buying a print copy if you liked it, or getting a $0.99 copy to let me know you're interested, or gifting it to a friend if you liked the book enough to share.

Or write a review or comment here a the blog or shout out to me on Twitter, at the very, very least!

Laphelle would really appreciate it...

Okay, that's all I have to say on the subject. Carry on.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Phantom Tour

Gosh, seeing the Broadway Tour of Phantom of the Opera last night in Dallas transported me back to being a theatre major. I couldn't stop marveling at the magnificent sets, nodding my head in approval at the beautiful costumes, and being very impressed with the gorgeous singing. The chandelier part was my favorite ;) And as per usual, I cried at the end when the little monkey music box played. We got very close seats, so we could see the actors' expressions. And aside from the guy with the huge frickin' head that sat right in front of me (grr--I wanted the whole theatre to myself!!), it was truly a night to remember.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Writing Private Creative Non-Fiction

Lately I've been writing short, creative non-fiction pieces that may never see the light of day. They're incredibly personal and very private. But I'm still writing them.

I am, after all, an English Major at heart. I have both analyzed and adored so much classic literary art over the years that I will always respect and admire it.

Sometimes it's good for people to write something just for themselves, or that maybe only one or two other people ever will see. It takes you back to the purely creative, cathartic form of writing, almost like a form of meditation. You aren't worried about genre or demographic or sales or anything of the sort. And there's something very freeing in that.

There's nothing wrong with writing stories to entertain the masses, but I encourage every writer to keep in touch with her heart and write some private pieces if need be. Sometimes we get so busy trying to escape real life by writing fiction and hoping we'll hit it big and turn it into our source of income that we don't ever deal with, analyze, and exorcise the old demons that haunt us. And what better way for a writer to do that than write some creative non-fiction?