So a whole bunch of my writer friends are dealing with online piracy right now.
Actually, that’s misleading. ALL of my author friends are dealing with it. All of the time.
And yes, I’m reporting stolen copies of my books too.
I could rant about how shitty it is to have your hard work stolen. And I could point out that authors do not rake in the kind of money you might imagine that we do. Seriously. If we are lucky enough to get an advance on royalties from our publisher (this is by no means a given!) that money is instantly earmarked for paying the bills. Many authors won’t see a single penny of royalty money even a year after the release date.
Which means that if you want an author to keep writing you should seriously consider, y’know…buying their books.
Just a thought.
But I’m going to try to let my Pirates & Plagiarists Playlist do the speaking for me.
*These songs include swearing. So if that offends you, I’d suggest skipping them!
1. *Sweet As Whole ~ Sara Bareilles
Let’s be real. That’s what we’re thinking.
2. *I Hate Everyone ~ Go Set Go
3. Don’t Ask Me ~ OK Go
Especially if you are directly confronting someone who has stolen your work. I tend to avoid doing that. I just…don’t even want to go near it.
4. My Rights Versus Yours ~ The New Pornographers.
Yep. I’m getting punny.
5. *Sh*t Song ~ Kate Nash
I listen to this on repeat when I’m really mad.
6. Mean ~ Taylor Swift
The title says it all.
7. Brave ~ Sara Bareilles
Let the words fall out…
8. Do My Thing ~ Estelle
9. Strip Me ~ Natasha Bedingfield
I love this song. I think it’s a great reminder that no pirate or plagiarist can ever steal our voice. They can only temporarily hijack our words.
10. Keep Your Head Up ~ Andy Grammer
At the end of the day, this is still the best job in the whole freaking world. So we’ve got that going for us!
Feel free to suggest other songs! I’m always interested in listening to new music!