Work with me on this one. This could be a good thing trust me. Living in the hood I’ve come across street hustla’s selling everything imaginable out the trunk of their car, in bags or in their clothes! Movies and music are the hottest bootleg trends but what about eBook piracy? It has increased in numbers and authors are clueless as to what to do about it. Their initial reactions are to spaz out and sue. Don’t get it twisted it’s wrong to sell bootleg anything but why not use it to your advantage?
Work with them instead of against them
Instead of paying boo-coo amount of money for someone to do a blurb or a review of your upcoming novel why not approach the bootleggers and see for an exchange for the illegal ish they are doing they can do a review or blurb to help promote your work. Think about it we give our eBooks away for free for publicity why not get even more out of it.
The only reason they are pirated your work is so they can make money off of you so why not pay them. They are great promoters/marketers so hire them to do just that. Who knows a long term business relationship could come out of this. Teach them to earn legit money.
Mention them to other writer friends
Obviously they will bootleg other eBooks until they can get something legit going. Why not lead them down the right path by offering their um…services to your writer friends. Some will most likely cuss you out for even insinuating they hire their enemies. Just point out that the positives outweighs the negatives and if they still declines respect that and keep it moving. Personally it’s best to keep your friends closer and your eBook bootlegger even closer.
Nobody love losing money, it’s a brutal business and I don’t foresee it disappearing ever. It may seem as though I am not taking this subject seriously, I am but I’m a realist and what did your grandma used to say? Make lemonade out of lemons.
Peace and luv!
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