People are pirating copies of Personal Protection. Grrr.
Listen folks, you may think you're saving a couple bucks, but you're costing me money. I don't get a big fat-ass advance for these books. Most authors don't. Most of us have to have full-time jobs and write our books wedged in between all the other stuff we have to do. From the time I sat down with the original idea for Personal Protection to when it was finally released was over a year out of my life. A YEAR! If you work it out on an hourly rate, most authors make less than a migrant worker. When I got a contract I had to hire a lawyer - you paid a lawyer lately to know how costly that can get? I had to have a website designed, hosted and maintained. I've had to buy ads on websites, have banners and bookmarks made. It COST me several thousand last year and I hadn't earned a cent. I've paid out more than I've made already this year.
It's not the same as borrowing a book from the library (did you know in Canada, Canadian authors get a percentage everytime their book is borrowed?) In a library the book has to be bought, and then is loaned out to a person one at a time. With downloads HUNDREDS, if not THOUSANDS of copies can be made in a day. We're talking a MAJOR loss of income here, people. I know authors who have had more copies downloaded in 24 hours than they've sold in the lifetime of the book.
Every time you download a story thinking you're so clever, you're stealing from the author. Big time.