Thursday, September 4, 2014

Free Isn't Always Free

Free Isnt Always Free!

Every time you download a book off a pirate site, you delay, if not destroy, the authors ability to write their next novel.

You see, dear reader, while you might think published authors are rolling in money, you couldn't be more wrong. Most published authors have a day job and write in their spare time. With every pirated download your favorite author has one less book sold that their publisher sees. With every single book unaccounted for, that author may not receive another contract to finish the series...or have a reason to write the next book.

A prime example of this comes from my own personal experience with my Spanish translations. You see, dear readers... Wife by Wednesday was translated into Spanish (El Contrato)  a couple of years ago.  The publisher was 'happy' with the sales of the book in Spain and surrounding countries... I was not. Why? Because I found several pirate sites where I counted over a million downloads of my book. 


I was told by many industry professionals that piracy in Spain is a massive problem and there was nothing I could do about it.

So I sat back and waited. Eventually, because Wife by Wednesday did OK in Spain...I actually hit one of their more noted bestsellers list... my publisher there took their option to publish Married by Spanish (El Pacto). That too has been out for a while but hasn't done nearly as well. The pirate downloads, however were just as huge in numbers.

I have many readers who contact me, almost weekly, asking if the rest of the series will be published in Spanish.
Uhm.... I doubt it. I hate to say that, but I can't promise anything. With Millions of illegal downloads, and no money being made off the effort, why would a publisher bother?

I have considered self-publishing in Spanish, but that too would cost a nice penny that I may never see come back.

We all look for a good dealbuy the milk on sale vs. the name brand that costs .50 cents more but if you take the milk without paying for it, everyone misses out.

In the case of English language books, most authors/publishers have plenty of discount days, deals, and even times to get a book for free.

So...while you might think it a windfall to find your favorite author's books on a site for free, remember that your 5 star review is not helping that author quit his or her day job so they can write full time. Your 5 star review is not paying their power bill to keep their computer running...their Internet up. Your 5 star pirated review really isn't helping them at all.

A cup of coffee at your favorite coffee house costs more than an E-Book. You don't walk out of the coffee house without pulling out your wallet... "Because they might arrest you for that shit."

Downloading a pirate book is NOT a victim-less crime. If writers can't make money on their work, they move on, and you won't read their next book even if you pay for it...because the writer didn't write it.

Friday, August 22, 2014

All Bestseller's Lists Are Not The Same

I’m always happy to see my books hitting the top of the bestseller lists. It’s a dream for every author to one day hit the New York Times, or the USA Today Bestseller’s List. 

With all the changes in publishing, you’d think these two standards in the industry would stay true to the delivery of the facts. After all, the New York Times and USA Today are both valid newspapers that have been known to dig through the emotion of the stories that need to be told in our country, and deliver only the facts.

So how is it that something as simple as a bestseller list has fallen through the cracks?

This week Taken by Tuesday debut on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s list at #7 in E-Book Fiction.  What does that mean? It means that according to the facts, the numbers of E-Books Taken by Tuesday has sold, this book has fallen between James Rollins, The 6th Extinction #6 on the WSJ List, and Gayle Forman’s, Where She Went #8 on the WSJ List.

Now, when I look at the NewYork Times, I see The 6th Extinction sitting at #4 on the E-Book Fiction List and Where She Went isn’t in the top 20.

For the sake of argument, I will look at the 10th Bestseller on the WSJ, to which I find, Not A Drill by Lee Child. That same book is sitting at #5 on the NYT’s list.

Taken by Tuesday isn’t on the NYT’s list…

Now let’s look at the USA Today Bestseller List.  There are 150 spots on this list. This list hasn’t been broken down into E-Book Fiction, or Children’s Fiction…or any of the other categories that the WSJ and the NYT’s have done. It’s simply the number of books sold in all formats in all genres within a given week. The 6th Extinction sits at #10 on the USAToday list and Where She Went sits at #13.

Taken by Tuesday isn’t on the USA Today’s list…

*scratches head* 

Now I know for a fact just how many E-Book copies of Taken by Tuesday were sold on its first week out because I’m the author, and that information is given to me by my publisher. I’m fairly certain that if James, Gayle, Lee and I were to sit down and compare notes…we’d all agree that Taken by Tuesday earned a spot on both the NYT’s and the USA Today’s Bestseller Lists.

So why isn’t Taken by Tuesday there? 


According to the NYT’s * at the bottom of their methodology. “E-books available exclusively from a single vendor will be tracked at a future date.” This disclaimer has been at the bottom of this list for two years that I’ve been tracking it.

USA Today doesn’t even offer an explanation as to why my current title isn’t on their list.

You see, Montlake, my publisher, sells the digital copy of my work exclusively on the Kindle. In fact, every Amazon Publishing Imprint isn’t eligible to make the NYT’s E-book Bestseller list, simply because the NYT’s won’t accept the reporting number of sales from the publisher. When I asked USA Today the last time, about two years ago, about why my work isn’t making their list regardless of the tens of thousands of copies I sell within a week…their answer was vague and much like a politician running for office, meaningless.

My thought… I either did or didn’t sell more copies than #20 on the NYT’s List. I either did or didn’t sell more copies than #150 on the USA Today’s List. Are those not the facts? Isn’t the bestseller list a list of facts?

A bestseller list is just that…right? Amount of copies sold regardless of format or vendor? *sigh* 

While I would love to boast that I’ve once again hit the NYT’s and the USA Today’s Bestseller’s List… I am much more excited about reaching a list that is true to the meaning of a bestseller.

Thank you Wall Street Journal for making an unbiased list that simply reports the facts.

And thank you, dear readers, for anxiously waiting for my next book to release and picking it up the second it comes out.

I will patiently wait for the sands of time to catch up to the New York Times and USA Today, and look forward to applauding my fellow bestselling authors when they finally receive the recognition they so justly deserve.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How well does the Bybee street team know their favorite author?

Here is a fun video of me answering questions about my own books, and my street team guessing my answers. This was put together by the fab folks over at Amazon, Kindle Love Stories! Big shout out to them and all my readers who participated!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

*Tossing Confetti* Release day for Taken by Tuesday

It's time to celebrate the journey to happily-ever-after with Rick and Judy. These two have a chemical reaction to each other that defies why not let these two have a good time?

He’ll do anything to keep her safe…for the rest of their lives.

Judy Gardner: College graduate Judy stands ready to conquer the world…if she can get a job. Hoping to transition from aspiring architect to famous architect as quickly as possible, the dark-haired beauty moves to LA, staying in the home of her celebrity brother, Michael Wolfe. But it’s hard for Judy to focus on work when the sexy bodyguard she fell for last summer keeps showing up in her life and leaving her breathless.

Rick Evans: With his hard body, green eyes, and easy smile, Rick could have any woman he wants. But the Marine-turned-bodyguard only has eyes for Judy and her spitfire attitude. When a faceless villain attacks Judy, Rick will stop at nothing to protect the woman who opened his heart from the monster hunting her.

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I'll be on a two week blog tour. The schedule is HERE.  I look forward to reading your reviews and comments. As always, thanks for taking time out of your busy lives to read my books.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Single by Saturday, August HEA Book Club Choice!

Last month, we received some excellent news... Harlequin Junkie is featuring Single by Saturday as their August book club choice!

The HEA book club reads Contemporary romances and Chick-lit. They take the month to read the book and then live CHAT with the author. Catherine will be doing this August 28th. Montlake, Catherine's publisher, will be giving away prizes for those who attend the live chat.

The HEA book club LIVE Chats are scheduled for the last Thursday of every month @ 6:00 PM (PT) 9:00 PM (ET).

Even better, Single by Saturday is on SELL  for $1.99 all month long (This goes for the first three bride books, too!)! So if you haven't read Single by Saturday, yet, now is an excellent time to do so, and even gift it to a friend you can bring to the chat!

Click HERE to sign up!

On sale for $1.99 all month long!