After the excitement and joy of having my novel launched on Tuesday I discovered there’s a darker side to the publishing world. Of course I was aware that the world isn’t a perfect place. Though, I wasn’t expecting this to happen to my newly published novel. Who am I? I’m just a very small fish in a ocean of bestselling authors.
I have a habit of googling my name and the title of my novel. It started really when I came across someone reviewing a book I had a story in by chance. Not all reviews are posted on Amazon or GoodReads. Okay, so some may see this habit of googling oneself as touching on being vain, but it can be very interesting to see what unexpected articles you do come across by chance. Unfortunately, it’s not always good things you find out.
I don’t know whether to be flattered or pissed off 😤 I’ve found another site stealing my novel. Going by the description given on one of them they haven’t read Stone Angels. So if you are an author I advice you to google your book title and your name to see what comes up.
Anyone clicking on any of these sites hoping to receive a copy of my book for free will either land up with a virus on their computer or a very poor quality ebook. But most annoying of all my years of hard work won’t be rewarding me. 😢😢😢
Dear Readers, please remember to purchase my novel from a reputable site as this will be my reward for the years I have spent crafting my writing skills and the dedication I have put into creating my characters and the telling of my tales for your delight. To you, new authors my advice is to google the title of your novel and your name to check that your book isn’t being used on these sites. Then alert your publishers.