Starting tomorrow (Jan. 18, 2017) at Amazon (and later in the week at other retailers) Santa Baby, my first PNR novel will be ON SALE for $0.99! Pick up a copy for mere pennies.
Welcome to Mistletoe, North Pole. A small town hidden away at the top of the world where the summers are short, and the winters are long. And Christmas is what the town does best.
Jamie Winters’s life was almost about perfect. Growing up as part of a loving family living in the lush green of the Pacific Northwest, she had her life planned out. Until one night before Christmas, fate stepped and took everyone she loved away from her. Years later she finds herself in Mistletoe, working as a waitress at Rudy’s Diner alongside her best friend, Kandy. Jamie’s not looking for love, but in a place like Mistletoe, you never know what you’ll find all wrapped up with a bow.
Christen Kringle never expected to find his mate in Mistletoe. Having been born and raised in the small town, everyone was like family. Then one night after work he meets his crew at Rudy’s. One look at the curvy brunette outsider with the dark chocolate eyes and he knew she was his. And when she touched him? His body blazed to life like the Aurora Borealis. It was fate that brought her into his life. The same fate had found mates all the men in the Kringle line.
But a menace is creeping into Mistletoe. One that not only threatens Chris and Jamie, but could end Christmas worldwide.
So it seems that some indie, self-published authors are dealing with something called copyright claim-jumping. What is that you ask? It’s when you, as a author, get a notice from one or more distributors (i.e. Amazon, Smashwords, etc) that someone has filed a DMCA (DMCA” stands for “Digital Millennium Copyright Act) notice on YOUR book. That means that someone, somewhere has said that part of your book has material from another source. That someone sends a notice to your book’s distributors and they in turn have to (by law) shut down, lock, block, whatever you want to call it your work on their site.
This means that you can’t update files, readers can’t buy your book, it’s just gone. Why would someone do this? There could be any number of reasons. It could be someone with a grudge against the author, someone doesn’t like the story (or they are offended by it), a reader feels “cheated” somehow after buying the book (this could be true even if the book was a freebie), and someone is trying to scam the author.
Scam how you ask? By taking part of the author’s work (from posting bits and pieces form blog posts or right from the eBook itself) and inserting it into older blog, book, post somewhere. They send the DMCA, the book gets taken down and then, as “concerned’ readers/fans offer to “help” you with your DMCA problem. For a small fee , of course. Now I don’t know of anyone that has actually had to pay to get their work “freed” but it’s possible. So how can a writer/author protect all the hard wok that goes into writing and putting a book (or anything really) out there?
Really you can’t prevent something like this from happening, you can only lock your work as tightly as you can. After reading a few blogs and Facebook posts lately about this happening I took a big step in protecting Santa Baby, my first book. I registered it with the US Copyright Office. Yes, there was a small fee, but for my own piece of mind I decide to do it. And I will be doing it for any and all of my writings from now on. Here is a good blog post with great instructions from Marcy Kennedy’s Blog (December 4, 2014) with guest blogger Kathryn Goldman.
Taking this step is a decision that each of us, as writers/authors need to make for ourselves. I’ve linked the copyright office page above. But it’s kind of sad we have to worry about this kind thing.
Happy 2017 everyone! Lets hope it’s not as turbulent as 2016 turned out to be.
I took two weeks off from work to get a few chapters done on book 1 of my Paranormal Operations, Inc manuscript. That didn’t work out as I planned it would. A lot of distractions popped up each day, even through I was home alone (except for the cats and they just ignored me!) the first week. And second week, well, my sweet hubby was home so that was a MAJOR distraction (in all kinds of very good ways!). So in the end I ended up with half a chapter done (about 900 words). Oh well…I’m back at work now and can get back to writing at lunch.
I got my first Amazon review on Santa Baby and it was a 4 ****! Then I got a second one and this one wasn’t as good. It was 2** and a lot on the snarky side. So that gives me a 3*** average so far. I’ll take it because I really need the reviews. So if anyone one has read it, please leave a review on Amazon for it.
Also Amazon paid me out for my earning for 2016. A whopping $10 and 36 cents ($10.36). Still I’m proud of each penny I made! I also sold $40 worth of paperbacks myself. Grand total for 2016? $50.36!) WOOT!
But seriously, writing, publishing, and trying to market Santa Baby taught me a lot about this writing thing. I’m excited to get my next book out!
So for 2017 I hope to get Taylor and Devon’s story out there (Paranormal Operations, Inc. #1). After that I plan on working on my SFR (Tarkir – Dark World Warriors #1) and at some point start the 2nd Mistletoe book (I have readers that are actually asking me when the next one comes out!).
But you know how this goes. If one set of characters stops talking to me, I can always jump to another set. Besides, I have a few new ideas running around in my head.
2017 To Do List:
Write for at least 1 hour a day during the week
Finish Taylor and Devon’s story
Work on Tarkir – Dark World Warriors
Start Mistletoe book 2
Work on book 1 on Incubus MC seires
Move all my notes from excel to One Note
Get back on the treadmill 5 days a week. (OK, this isn’t a writing thing but I can’t write well if I’m not healthy or happy with who I am, so yeah, putting this on the list!)
Dayum…looks I need to get my cute butt in gear! 🙂