As the title of the post says, I have to address a bit of a delicate subject. I have let it slide for a bit, but unfortunately a few little recent events have cropped up and I figured it might be easier to head them off if I just spit it out.
Quite often, I get private emails from you guys, and that is great. Sometimes you send over links to things I might’ve missed, or cover or release info, or just ask questions. All of that is good, and I really appreciate it. But on the flip side of that, for the past few months I have been getting a few emails (and post comments, but more on that later) that have been asking me where someone can download a certain book, or series, for free. I always try to answer emails, so at first, I either linked to Amazon or the Book Depository and said that is where I get my books, or links to The Book Outlet for discounted titles. Most of the time, I didn’t hear back (which is fine), but if I got back the “NO. I mean where can I download for FREE?” replies, I simply say I have no clue. That usually wraps things up pretty quickly.
But, for some reason, a certain former subscriber here at Wicked Scribes felt I was lying. Perhaps holding out the holy grail of free book download sites, I guess? Anyways, an exchange of emails ended with this person saying that they were done with “supporting” Wicked Scribes since I was a bitch (eh, true), and it must be nice to be rich enough to afford all of those books (eh, whatever). There were also several comments in posts where people asked for links where they could download a particular book for free, and I deleted them as spam.
So, here goes. I am no angel. I have downloaded my share of music in my time, but I deleted it all and am slowly building my songlist back up through iTunes. I have downloaded movies in my day, too, but I got rid of them all and now I buy blu-rays when they are on sale. I did, one time, pirate a copy of Murder Game from Christine Feehan. I had my copy on order, but it was delayed in a postal strike and I was totally desperate. I read about 3 chapters, then felt so damn guilty that I deleted it. Then I bought 2 more copies – one for a friend and one to donate to the library. Never did it again. I buy my books. I don’t know where to download them or get them for free. Sorry. Don’t know, don’t need to know. Any further emails asking will get the standard “No clue” response, and any comments in posts will be deleted as spam. Sorry for the long rant, but I thought I might be able to head off further awkwardness if I just said it upfront.