“Plagiarism, ‘book-stuffing’, clickfarms… the rotten side of self-publishing.”

Plagiarism, “book-stuffing”, clickfarms… the rotten side of self-publishing.

Scams are rife, particularly when some authors can rake in thousands each month – but high-profile victims of plagiarism warn ‘day of reckoning is coming’.

The Guardian has a fantastic summary of recent scams and all that plagiarism currently going on in the self-publishing world.

I would strongly recommend writers and readers alike give the article linked above a read.

And I would strongly recommend against using Amazon’s dodgy Kindle Unlimited/KDP Select reading/publishing platform (as opposed to Kindle Direct Publishing, which I have no issue with). As a writer, your work is being buried by scammers. As a reader, your money is going to those scammers, and you’re helping to harm genuine authors.

What is with book pirates?

A major book piracy website was shut down the other day, and the reaction has been… appalling.

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Outraged readers, some who honestly seem to believe it’s a basic human right to read books without paying for them, are now going around the internet attacking authors for being “elitist” for preventing them from stealing their work.

I was going to write a long thing, but you know what? If you don’t understand that theft is a terrible thing, then you’re a terrible person.

It’s not “elitist” to expect someone to pay a couple of dollars for a book. Books in the United States are ridiculously cheap. You wouldn’t expect people in other jobs to work for no or next to no pay, and authors work A LOT of hours.

In the end, here’s the thing: you’re not going to die if you don’t read a book. Nobody is denying you food or shelter. Why should anybody provide you with something for free? Authors need money too.

Sent to author Michelle Harrison.

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Does a Fiction Author Need a Blog?

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Recently Romance University had a great post:

Does a Fiction Author Need a Blog? by Anne R. Allen

It is really worth a read.

I use Twitter for news, and avoid Facebook most of the time, but it seems the entire book community has shifted to those sites and almost totally abandoned decent discussion. (Plus, Twitter is all about the cliques.) Worse, social media sites now (including others like Instagram) don’t run in chronological order, so you might not see something until days after it has been posted.

The almost total collapse of book message boards – and message boards in general – means that blogs are about the only place left for readers and authors – and yet so many people seem to be abandoning those, too.

I really, really, highly recommend giving the article a read.