Today, I write this blog post after taking a while to re-boot.
I feel that I have been to Hell. A deep place in my soul that has me guessing who are my friends and my foes. My writing career has left me a bit worse for wear and hesitant.
I think the problems revolve around the criminals out there. Not the criminals that rob banks, murder and generally are no good. These criminals are faceless and just like you and me, except they don’t mind cyber-stealing.
You pour your heart out on the computer keyboard.
You stay up late giving up time with your family.
You read, edit and write better drafts.
You pay a lot of money. Your money you would have used on a vacation or day out with the family.
You pay for the ownership of this creation… like copyrights, LLC, editing, and book covers.
You trust most people and believe that they will do the right thing.
That’s when life was good and you hoped for many good things to come.
Then you wake up one morning and see that your heart, your hard work, your investment of time and money has been pirated. Even worse, the edition that you had before the edit, is the one that has been pirated.
To put the frosting on the cake, so to speak, those people who took it, review the unedited version.
I have heard stories like this – a very famous Author, wrote a book in the continuation of a series that was very well received even the movie version. However, her unedited version got pirated and she stopped writing the series… She said that the piracy took her heart out of the series. She said that she will never write another book in the series.
So, I have been hit many times. This last time, I felt psychologically raped of my ideas and creation.
I am not afraid that my life as a writer is going to be harder. It’s just that I am jaded now.
I don’t trust ANYONE!
I’m asking the universal powers out there… why and how do you cope?
“Lots of love” is my sign-off line – I still wish that for all of you…
Because in my soul I believe and trust a higher power… KARMA.
So, all I have to say is – cyber pirates may try – but I know that they will NEVER steal my Sunshine!
Lots of love, Emily
April 20, 2015 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Author Emily Guido, Cyber Pirates, E-book Piracy, Emily Guido, Karma, PDMI Publishing, Piracy, Stealing, The Light-Bearer Series | 37 Comments
If you know me at all… you know that I am an avid reader. I read and listen to books every day without fail.
Even on the day I had my operation, I was reading hooked up to a morphine pump in the hospital room.
You know that I am a lover of Paranormal Romance, especially in the vampiric vein, so to speak.
Nothing gets my heart beating faster than a tall, dark vampire hero!
Okay, before I get started with my post, I know those of you will vehemently disagree with me.
So, for the record, let me state this…
I definitely don’t begrudge anyone their 50 Shades of Grey.
That is not my vexation or angst.
My chagrin is that I have a policy to read a book cover to cover. The past several books I have started on my blessed Kindle, I have had to put down because the writing bothered me.
The story troubled me so much that this morning, after I closed my Kindle on yet another book characterized as a romance, I wanted to write why my coveted policy is being abandoned.
I thought romance was attraction, friendship, wooing, a little intrigue, heroism (both hero and heroines) and danger in the mix, but most of all, in the end it was about… LOVE!
However, what I believe to be romance is not the case in all books classified as romance.
I feel some romance novels are based or about meanness, possession, domination, callousness… and then – oh by the way – I love you, if you obey me?
What the heck? Exsqueeze me? Baking Powder? (borrowed phrases from one of my fav movies, Wayne’s World.)
This is my way of stating that I feel in my heart that romance is not a one-way street – my way or the highway, so to speak.
However, romance is different for all of us – some want friendship and romance that turns into love, and some want dominance and chains that melt into love.
Hmm, I was curious and looked to the definition of romance.This is what Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary stated:
a (1) : a medieval tale based on legend, chivalric love and adventure, or the supernatural (2) : a prose narrative treating imaginary characters involved in events remote in time or place and usually heroic, adventurous, or mysterious (3) : a love story especially in the form of a novel
b : a class of such literature
I am vexed – the books I have shut off my Kindle all have romance in the description. I am not saying that they are wrong.
I will just have to do more research before hitting the “Buy it in 1-click” button on Amazon. No one’s fault but my own.
what’s your definition of romance?
Lots of love,
March 8, 2015 | Categories: Paranormal Romance, REVIEW, Uncategorized | Tags: Amazon, Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Book, Books, Emily Guido, light bearer, Light-Bearer Series, Literature, Love, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, The Light-Bearer Series, Vampire, Vampires, Young-adult fiction | 25 Comments