I’ve Been Robbed

Bill Gates, I understand how you feel when someone makes a copy of your software and doesn’t pay the license fee. United States music industry, I feel your pain when someone rips a CD and then gives a copy of the music to a friend. Like you, I have had my intellectual properties pirated.

This morning I was notified by Google Alerts of my book “Miss Sarah’s Secret: A Story Of Betrayal And Redemption In Texas” By Jimmie Aaron Kepler being available for free download as ab ePub, eBook, mobi, Kindle, and PDF file. That’s news to me. I am not currently giving it away. Someone posted the book for free on a dark web Internet website. My initial research shows the server location is somewhere in the former Soviet Union. Over 116,101 people have downloaded it. I normally make $2.25 royalties on each electronic copy of the book sold, that’s $261,227.25 in royalties if each thief had legally purchased the book.

My science fiction book “The Rebuilder ” was pirated earlier this year. It has had over 111,000 downloads. The theft of that intellectual property has cost me $249,750.00. The two books piracy has cost me about $510,997.75.

I know that many people wouldn’t have paid to get the book but only downloaded because someone was giving my work away for free, but some of them would have bought it. In simple terms, I have been robbed.

Don’t steal my or anyone’s intellectual properties! Written books, movies, videos, and audio books all have copyright owners like me. We work hard to create the stories.
Well, it’s time to get back to writing a story. Maybe it will be good enough for someone to want to steal it too.
The bottom screen capture is the Google Alert showing me something is up. The top screen capture takes me to the website that is giving away the book. That is part of how I know what is happening. Click on the images and they enlarge where you can read them,

Intellectual Property vs Real Property

2574549499_74ea92c1d2_zMost people know what real property is. Think of the house you own or the land you own as investment property. It is something tangible you can sell. Intellectual property is another type of property you can sell.

I am a serious writer. Even though, I have a day job, my writing sales and the rate of pay I receive on the magazine article sales meet the definition of a professional writer.

In recent weeks, I have been working on a business plan for my writing business. Writing business? What am I talking about I can hear you ask? I’ll explain.

As a writer, I create things with my mind. Wikipedia explains: “Intellectual property (IP) is a legal term that refers to creations of the mind. Examples of intellectual property include music, literature, and other artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Under intellectual property laws, owners of intellectual property are granted certain exclusive rights. Some common types of intellectual property rights (IPR) are copyright, patents, and industrial design rights; and the rights that protect trademarks, trade dress, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets. Intellectual property rights are themselves a form of property, called intangible property.” Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intellectual_property
One of the steps in developing my writing business plan is to an inventory of my intellectual properties. Think of the intellectual property as the inventory I have in my warehouse to sell and re-sell.

Blogs and Websites

I started with my blogs and websites. I have three active sites and a couple of inactive sites with content. The blogs and websites are intellectual properties. The posts on the websites are intellectual property. I have written for a number of websites. I own the rights to the articles I wrote.

Short Stories

I have written numerous short stories over the years. Many have been published. Some have not been published. They are all intellectual property. I can resell some. I can make into short story collections. I can turn them into novellas or novels. I have four in print available on Amazon.

Poetry

I have written over 1000 poems in my lifetime. They are all intellectual property. I can resell some. I can sell them or self-publish as poetry collections.

Books

I have one book in print.

Books in Progress

I have a completed nonfiction manuscript from twenty years ago I could rework. I have a completed historical fiction novel I am shopping. I am about finished with the first draft of a science fiction novel. It is book one of a four book series. I have a second science fiction book that is based on a series of short stories tied together similar to The Illustrated Man or The Martian Chronicles.

Doctoral Dissertation

I have my doctoral dissertation I could rework into a nonfiction book.

Nonfiction Magazine Articles

I have over a dozen traditional published articles in the print trade journals and magazines. These can be resold or worked into collections, etc.

Essays

I found over 250 essays I have written through the years. Add these to the available material I own. I love these works of nonfiction.

Customer Service Articles

I have two dozens plus customer service articles. Can you say future nonfiction book on customer service?

Meet the Pulitzer Prize Winning Poets

I have over twenty blog post that profile a Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet. They could easily be developed into a nonfiction book.

Newspaper and Newsletter Columns

I have over 1500 I wrote in a fifteen year period that I owned the rights. Surely, some can be reworked or redeveloped.

Book Reviews

I have over 250 published. I was syndicated for eighteen months where my reviews were a regular feature in a magazine.

Maybe you are like me and keep everything you write. If so, you have a large collection of intellectual property. You can sell English right, foreign language rights, e-book rights, print rights, audio rights, movie rights, etc. After the inventory is complete, it’s time to go make some sales.

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