Mandy's Musings

Ramblings of romance author Madeline Baker/Amanda Ashley

Thursday, February 17, 2011


There's a lot of talk on writer loops these days about Internet piracy. As an author who is affected, I have to say up front that I am against it. It takes me a minimun of six months to write a book, which amounts to untold hours of sitting in front of my computer, then more hours making whatever changes my editor deems necessary, then reading galley pages, so you can imagine my chargin when I see people uploading my books and giving them away for free as if they had every right to do so, with no regard for the hours of hard work it took for me to write that book.

I know the lure of "something for nothing" is attractive, but people who give away that which they do not own are not only breaking the law, they are depriving others of their livlihood.

Losing a few thousand dollars in royalties may not mean much to mega-authors like Stephen King or Nora Roberts, who sell millions and millions of books a year, but it makes a big difference to me and to many other authors, many of whom have to work at a second job because writing doesn't pay enough to pay the bills.

In publishing, sales are everything. If an author's sales go down enough due to pirates stealing their work and giving it away, that author will soon find herself without a publisher.

I hope I haven't stepped on any toes here. I don't mean to offend, but this is a growing problem that effects nearly every author I know, and not in a good way.

For more info, you can read an excellent article published in the New York Times


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

New Books for a New Year

So, here we are in 2011. Kinda scary, how fast the years are going by. Busy time for writing, though. Several new books coming out - Bound by Night in September, Bound by Blood in October. Embrace the Night was reissued last month. My short story, Capture the Lightning will be out as an eBook in a few weeks.

I had a nice surprise. My eBook, Music of the Night, was voted one of the Top Ten books of 2010 by the readers of Preditors and Editors. They also voted the cover the Best Cover in its category.

Life is good!