The draft of Iron and Magic is done and is sent off for editing.
On a deadline, so a short post for the authors who are just starting out on their career path. Publishing industry has some typical practices. Established writers view it as the cost of doing business.
Happens all the time. Is not a cause for alarm, unless someone is really trying to write in your universe. For example, if that second book was about Kate Daniels, the magic mercenary, living in the world of magic waves and killing werewolves and vampires with her sword, it would be an issue.
Not linking anything, but Brandi has sent 60+ notices to pirate sites this Friday alone. Your book will be pirated. It’s up to you how much sleep to lose over it.
All of this is normal.
If you find passages that are copied word for word from your books in another author’s book. This is plagiarism. You can shame them, take them to court, etc, but generally simply stating in public that something is plagiarized usually leads to a swift removal of the infringing material.
If you find a book under your name that you haven’t written. It may be a coincidence, but most likely a scam.
If you find any of your books for sale by someone else, meaning not you or your publisher.
In conclusion: it sucks when someone copies you. We had that happen, but in the end, imitation is rarely as good as the original. Writing is stressful enough as is. Try to stay sane.
It should go up for preorders by mid-month. 🙂 You can’t find it, because it’s not up yet.
We are finishing it up, and I have now completely creeped myself out with the tunnel scene, so hey at least it’s creepy.
::knocks on wood three times and spits over left shoulder::
I will have nightmares tonight.
Me: There is a massive wasp nest on our kitchen window. There are wasps crawling on it. And another one on the porch. I think we should get an exterminator.
Gordon, examining the wasp nest: Yep. You go on to the office, I’ll catch up.
Five minutes later.
Gordon, joining me at the office: Well, the wasp nest is gone. I knocked it down.
After I was gone to a hairdresser appointment for an hour:
Well, this explains everything.
Starting a new series is always risky. I think Karen Marie Moning put it best, when she wrote, and I am paraphrasing, that you lose sales, money, and ranking. A new series is always a gamble.
Contrary to all my gloomy expectations, you guys made Burn For Me an awesome success. :) Thank you! Thank you so much for giving this new series a try.
Right now, we are planning for it to be a trilogy and we will begin working on the second, as yet untitled book, as soon as we finish Magic Shifts.
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