Is Writing Becoming too Expensive a Hobby?

What comes to your mind when you think of pirates? Captain Hook with his mishmash of misfits and lovable rogues? Johnny Depp in swashbuckling form on the Caribbean? Or perhaps you no longer see them as storybook characters or romantic film stars, but as the robbers and murderers, the literal breed that sail the seas. Or even the highjackers of other people’s intellectual and artistic property.
This article by fellow author and blogger Jo Robinson, highlights the last category. Those who feel no compunction when stealing from singer, artist, actor or author.
When reading this article, please do keep in mind that the theft is real.
As an indie author myself, I know how much time, effort, pain and toil go into writing a novel. There is also financial expenditure. Even if you don’t have to pay for publication, you are recommended to hire a professional editor, proofreader, and cover designer. Then buy some of your own books to give reviewers and media outlets in order to gain some promotion for your book. Being a writer does not come cheap.
Most paperback novels cost little more than the price of a half-decent cup of coffee and a cookie. Ebooks cost far less.
How much of that does the author see? Depending which publisher, which distributor, which bookstore — very, very little.
And now the pirates are taking over the marketplace.
Look, they are swinging in on their long, trailing vines of dot coms and dot cos. Hiding in the internet swamps, reaching out with long tentacle arms to lure the unwary into buying their wares, their STOLEN goods.
So please, being a writer is already becoming a very expensive hobby for independent authors, please let them see a little reward for their hard work. Please help them recoup a little of their outlay.
Please buy only from approved bookseller sites, places where you know the author has placed their book for your reading pleasure, without their piracy pain.

Jo Robinson

Something’s got me seriously confused. I saw a post about getting your books taken down from some pirate sites, so as a matter of interest I googled mine again, and found that not only has African Me been loaded on to heaps more torrent sites for free or paid download, but that now Shadow People has joined the pirate party as well. The thing that’s got me wondering is that they’re both being offered on ebay too as paper books. I stopped looking after four different sellers there. (Click on pics to see them bigger)

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At first I thought it could be a reader selling them second hand, but when I had a proper squiz I saw that they’re being offered as brand new/unopened. The sellers have multiple copies too – ten each mostly in stock, and they’re selling them for less than what Amazon’s charging for them.

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I looked…

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