On Writing & Publishing by Robin D. Owens

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Saturday, January 22, 2011


Folks, I need every cent I get from my writing. I am the sole provider of my household. Please don't download my books for free. I truly don't understand why people think I should not get paid for my work.

Aren't you paid for yours?

This post is in response to the daily notices I get of torrents for my work. I honestly don't have the time to try and take down torrents on European Servers. And, really, if the piracy gets too large, I'll simply be dropped by my publishers. I'm not joking.

Thank you.


Blogger Janice Seagraves said...

Hi Robin,

I'm sorry that happened to you. It's awful when your hard work is stolen and worse given away.

Being a writer myself, I'm worry too, even though I only have the one book.

The only free reads I've ever downloaded was from the publisher websites, and the writers know and endorse those.


9:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sigh. I'm sorry. I avoid those things like the plague.

Thank you for "Enchanted No More". I'm still re-reading it.

But I do have one stoopid question: Why is it titled what it is titled?

1:59 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks, Janice. Its very discouraging to see that 800+ people have downloaded Heart Choice, maybe enjoyed it, and I haven't received a penny that might pay the mortgage.

All my Luna titles are chosen by the marketing department. I have very little say. My title (after re-envisioning the book) was Out of Balance.


2:05 PM  
Anonymous Rin said...

This is distressing. I'm so sorry, Robin.

5:52 PM  
Blogger kris said...

Robin, sorry this is a continuing struggle. AS one who is so eager for your books that I pre-order as soon as it hits the B&N site I just don't understand why people don't get the concept that this is stealing!

8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I cannot understand if why would the author be penalized, even further, by the publisher dropping him/her? . Isn't the publisher of e-books responsible for making difficult/impossible to download a stealed book?
Very unfair indeed!

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Bbasney said...

Very sorry to hear about this. You've crept up over the last year to my favorite author spot, and I would hate to be deprived of your works because some people feel entitled to things for free.

As soon as February bonuses come in Enchanted No More will be mine! But I never consider trying to steal it, even when I have to hold off until its in the budget to get a new book.

*Le Sigh*

6:57 PM  
Blogger Crafter Jane said...

Robin -
I LOVE your work buy ALL your books in one format or another :D . I'd probably get them all (including duplicates of ones I already own) on my Kindle if the pricing were more in line with the paperback pricing (example: Heart Change is $6.99 in pb, but $12.99 on the Kindle)!

3:07 PM  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Anon. the publisher drops the author because s/he isn't selling enough books. If so many books are stolen that my numbers drop, I am history. And no matter how hard someone tries to keep an ebook from being cracked, there ARE professional pirates out there who like challenges.

Today's notification was for a .pdf of Keepers of the Flame.

I'd probably still write, not worry too much about publishing or doing anything with my work, and start house/pet sitting more.

That's me.

Jane, I think I spoke to you in another forum. Anyway, I know about the various costs for ebooks, since I read on my itouch.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Gwen said...


It seems to me that your publisher shares some of the responsibility.

Given that their own international resources are far more capable of tackling a violation like this than their authors, it seems hypocritical of them to place the responsibility on your shoulders alone.


9:36 AM  

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