If you think you downloaded an ebook that was not authorized by me, here are some ways to tell.
1. Did you pay for the ebook?
I cannot afford freebies. If you’re not a patron at $20+ who receives e-ARCs as part of your support, or you did not use a legal library–meaning one in your town or county–or a subscription service with a legit site such as Scribd or Kobo Plus, then there is a good chance you found an illegal version.
2. Did you get the book as part of a bundle with other ebooks that you paid very little for?
If it was an official bundle I authorized, it would be in a boxset like one of these. There are some sites, however, that sell individual books grouped with dozens if not hundreds of others, either on CD at eBay or on various sites. If you got a bundle that included my old eserials like Children of the Apocalypse, that was an illegal purchase and none of that money went to me.
If you downloaded an illegal version, whether intentional or not, I could really use your help.
You can anonymously submit the link to me here. I won’t know who you are, but I’ll have an opportunity to try to get the file taken down.
Let me say: piracy is absolutely, unequivocally wrong in this instance. You are not screwing over some big corporation and I have not authorized it–I am independently published and chronically ill. I’m lucky to sell 1-2 copies of my books a month. It has resulted in the cancelation of four series now that I could not afford to continue and is detrimental to my ability to write more.
If you care, if you want to do better, I take no issue with you. I know that it’s hard to choose to do the right thing when the wrong thing is easier. If you would like to leave your contact info so I can follow up, that would be appreciated, and I promise I won’t yell at you.