Sunday, November 06, 2016

Finding Piracy

Today, this author would like to share a few tips for authors concerned about ebook piracy:

1) Set up Google Alerts for your name, each of your titles, and some unique and distinctive phrases from your books.

For instance, I have Alerts set up for "By all the lechers of antiquity", which is an expletive used frequently by one of my horny and irascible heroes. Believe it or not, I have had Alerts.  The reason to search for a distinctive phrase is that a plagiarist might take your book and change the title, the author name, and the names of all the characters.

2) Set up a beta testing account with   It is in Beta, so the accounts are free. The Blasty people work closely with Google and are refining their system and are again looking for more authors to participate and provide occasional feedback.

This is a code given to me to encourage author acquaintances to sign up.  As far as I know, there are no benefits or incentives for me if you use it, and no strings for you.

3) Consider a paid account with if you can afford $37 per month and have a lot of problems with cyberlockers.

With the boot on the other leg, be careful not to infringe other creators' copyrights. Check out this article from the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP on precautions to take before assuming that you are free to use or redistribute lovely photographs you see online.

Published authors with 38 Euros to spare might like to join SOFIA, a French organization which provides royalties from French libraries to American authors under Public Lending Right laws.

Find out more:

All the best,

Rowena Cherry

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