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Okay, button up, because as they say in the vernacular of Texas, I'm fixin' to gush all over you.
One of the big surprises when I published was how many pirate sites there are out there, posting my work. My sweat. My property! I swear, the only Google alerts I get anymore are when Pirate sites post my books. Makes my blood boil, I tell you.
Most publishers will allow you to report infringement sites to them, and they send out copyright infringement notices. At least they claim they do. I'm not questioning their veracity, but let's face it, they're focused on publishing the next book. And since their marketing ended about a week after they released my book, how much money are they going to put into backlist infringement? Call me a cynic, but I'll bet this gets under my skin a LOT more than it does theirs.
Many authors just give up. They tell themselves that the people who download illegal works aren't people who would ever pay money for their books anyway. They wish those people a parting gift of nasty computer viruses, and move on.
I'm more stubborn (and more pissed). I want to feel the power of blasting those damned posts to the briny deep.
Well, now you can. And while it's in Beta phase testing, you can do it FOR FREE.
I am a huge fan of Blasty
I don't even remember where I heard of Blasy first, but I've been with them almost from the beginning, probably over two years ago. They've been in Beta all this time, because the more Beta testers join, the more feedback they receive. The more feedback they receive, the faster they'll build an outstanding tool against piracy. I've seen it improve in finding more content over the months.
How does it work? You go to a personal invitation link, HERE, and request Beta access. May take a day or two, but then you're in.
After filling out your profile, you add your books. Your dashboard will look something like this:
Then you tell it what to look for. You'll want to consider this carefully: look for too much, and you'll get a zillion items, much of which is legitimate. The search terms I decided on were:
Blasty will then go to work, scanning the internet for your books with those search terms. Here's what mine looked like this morning:
All you do is check to be sure it's not a legitimate posting, then hit the orange 'Blast' on the right. Blasty will send a copyright infringement notice, and you'll be informed when it's completed. BOOM. Done.
I've refined my terms, so most of my results are piracy. But for some reason, it always wants to pick up a review site (legit), that reviewed my books. All I do is add that URL to my 'Whitelist', and Blasty ignores it in the future.
You can also, if you have time, search Google by book, for infringement yourself. Just go to your dashboard, choose that book, and click on the 'check Google now' button on the right. You can scan for anything that your search words didn't pick up. This also helps you refine your search words.
I don't know what could be easier. And I get the satisfaction of making those little pirates walk the plank. Argh!
Have I convinced you to try Blasty? Do you have a good pirate story for us?
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She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award in the Best First Book category.
Her 'biker-chick' novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin's Superomance line and expanded to three more stories set in the same small town.
Laura has realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She's a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.