Welcome, World! Stay a While

Every so often, I like to ask my readers some questions to get to know them better.  Well, it’s time to do that again, but with a twist.  Please read the following instructions carefully, then you can do as you wish.

First, please leave a comment answering these two simple questions.

  1. Which country do you live in?
  2. What kind of books do you like to read?

Second, please leave the address of your blog so other readers can find out about new blogs.  I’d like this post to be a place where you can discover new people and blogs.  Just one thing: Make sure that the blogs are safe for work.

Finally, share!  Share this post with as many people as you can.  Share through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, email, anything.  Encourage others to leave a comment on this post, and to find new blogs to read.  I love having a great online community, and want to share many things with you.  Sharing other blogs is a great way to give back to the community.  I’d like to see how far this can go.  How many countries will we see?

So, I will go first.  That’s right, I’ll leave a reply with my answers.  Now, it’s your turn.

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Copyright Infringement: A Warning to all Authors

This needs to be read by anyone who self-publishes their own books. This website has been pirating eBooks and offering them for free. Others have commented that some of the downloads scream viruses or malware. If you report your book on this website, it’s likely they will block your IP and you won’t be able to access them anymore. Anyway, check out this post. And share it!

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I would like to share a letter sent to me by a fellow independent author, who wishes to remain anonymous, about a website claiming to be promoting independent authors, when in reality it appears that they are offering free downloads of the work of dozens of us.

If you are an author, independent or otherwise, I urge you to read this letter and investigate the site yourself. Find out if your work is posted there and take appropriate action to have it removed, or, at the very least, make sure you are willing to grant permission to the site owners to list your work.

Making money as an independent author is difficult enough without pirating sites giving our work away under false pretenses AND without our permission.

Please share, tweet or reblog this post in order to spread the word through the independent author community and, hopefully, put some pressure…

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