The cohosts this month are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!
How am I feeling at the moment?
Not as stressed as I was a week ago!
Monday night, after a week of torment, iBooks finally pulled my pirated book from their site. As far as I know, all the authors whose books were pirated have been pulled.
Lessons learned from this experience:
- If you aren't following yourself on BookBub, do so. That's how I found out my book was on iBooks.
- Document the writing of your story as you go along--post little snippets on social media. This helps to document that you're the author because you have a "paper" trail, of sorts.
- Introduce your characters over time to your followers, whether on social media or in your newsletter. Once again, it leaves a trail documenting your creation of the book.
I contacted iBooks and asked them what I could provide to help prove my case. I offered screen captures of the numbers 2 and 3 above. I also offered to provide them with a copy of the invoice for my cover, from my two editors, copies of the critiques from my critique partners, emails from my advance review team for the contest I held where they searched for typos, and the contract I have with a narrator to create the audiobook.
I also submitted the copyright paperwork for the book. I will be sure to do that from now on before release.
Have you ever had your material pirated on a legitimate website or *gasp* plagiarized?
If so, how did you handle it?