If you’re not aware already, there have been a number of cases documenting piracy and plagiarism on the the Amazon marketplace (and probably iBookstore and Barnes & Noble, although I haven’t read specifics on that). My wife sent me an article the other day from Fast Company (via an NPR article), but I’ve read it before — I’ve even been a victim of it. Basically, these digital “entrepreneurs” steal already published content from free sites like literotica, throw a cover onto it, and upload it to the Kindle store as their own (via Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP). Sometimes, they get discovered and the plagiarized content is removed. Often times, they fly under the radar. Either way, they’ve probably made some money off the hard work of others — money that the authors will never get back. (more…)
My cover art portfolio is getting to the point where I need to consider just that: an actual portfolio. Here’s the latest. Pretty sexy little short, too.
After her reckless behavior in the first Her Other Husband story, “A Snap Decision,” Kelly can’t get her longtime friend Danny off her mind. She’s confused that she doesn’t feel guilty for cheating on her husband, and her confusion grows when she realizes she wants to be with Danny again. After a hot sexting session gets her primed, Kelly agrees to meet Danny late one Friday night for an encounter in one of their childhood haunts, the backyard treehouse!
The short story, “Kissing in a Tree,” is the second in Kirsten McCurran’s “Her Other Husband” series. It’s naughty. It’s dirty. It’s quick. And it’s only .99. Oh, and it has a kick ass cover, designed by yours truly. It’s available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so pick one up for your Kindle or Nook.
I know for a fact that there will be one more in this series.
“I lift things up and put them down.” If you haven’t seen that commercial, watch it, you’ll laugh. That’s me, in a nutshell. Well, not physically me — substitute weights for stories and muscles for, erm, writing ability? (My analogy breaks a little, but screw it.) I lift up new stories, start them, and put them down. And most of the time, I put them down incomplete. (more…)
I don’t normally do resolutions, but I’m feeling inspired and I’ve learned long ago that when I’m inspired to just go with it. So set down your bottle of champagne and shake away the hangover. Here’s a hopefully realistic list of things I’m going to accomplish in 2012:
Good luck to me! Anyone else have some resolutions they’d like to share?