I like Chuck Wendig’s beard. If my wife would let me, I’d have a beard like Chuck Wendig. Maybe a cross between Wendig and Rothfuss, but probably patchier and infinitely worse looking. Alas, she’s threatened to shave my face in my sleep if I try. (Including my eyebrows.) I also like the man’s writing. Blackbirds was great, and I postively loved Shotgun Gravy. I like his blog even more. And thus the point: Chuck has declared
today February 6th International Please Don’t Pirate My Book Day. (I’m running a little late this week.)
I don’t sell all that many books. Judging by Amazon, nowhere near as many as Chuck. I’m good with this. I’ll get there one day. If this writing thing were so easy, everyone would be doing it. But I do sell some books, and I have seen some of my writing on the backwaters of the internet. When I show up on ThePirateBay, I’ll know I’ve really made it.
I understand casual piracy. When it comes to intellectual property, my generation is the one screwing things up for those that came before us and setting a bad example for those that came after. We brought you Napster and ThePirateBay and MegaUpload. I’ve been a broke student. Hell, the first 25 years of my life I was either a broke student or the child of a broke student. So if buying my book means you pass on your cup of ramen for the day, choose the ramen. But do me a favor. Do us all a favor. Don’t pirate it. We have to eat, too, you know? Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
So I will say this: if you really can’t afford one of my books and you really want to read the book, email me. I’ll send you a DRM-free e-copy in the format of your choice. See that domain name up there? Slip an “@gmail” in front of the .com and you’ll get to the mailbox I check.
If you love it or hate it or even something in between, let me know. Post a review here. Or post a review on Amazon. Or just email me and bitch. Whatever floats your boat. And if you do love it, consider buying another of my works in the future. By the time you can afford it, I’ll probably be a better writer.
P.S. New book will be out in the next month or so. It depends on how much weekend time I have to give to the final editing pass and when I have a cover. I’ll post again when it’s available. I just uploaded a couple new short stories this evening. They’ll appear on Amazon, B&N and Kobo in the next day or so, and Apple eventually.