I guess you know your book is popular if there are pirated PDF copies of it on Etsy..? This has started happening with the Japanese version of Mandalas to Embroider. Curiously, not with any of my other books. As far as I know, anyway.
Someone emailed me a little while ago to say they’d seen a PDF of the book for sale on Etsy. (Thank you, A!) She was almost apologetic about it, and not wanting to upset me with this information.
You’d think I would be upset about it, but I guess I’ve been involved with book writing, my own and friends’, that I know this is basically par for the course. And frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. That I know of. If this had happened when my first book had come out I may well have gone into an OMG WHAT DO I DO spiral, but now I just deal with it and move on.
I wasn’t upset, and certainly not with her. More like annoyed because it’s another something you gotta deal with. I have a new routine now: whenever I turn on my computer, I do a search on Etsy for illegal PDF copies.
So far, I’ve requested three people to remove the illegal PDF listings, and they have done so without me having to report them to Etsy.
Obviously, it’s annoying that people are illegally making money off your hard work! But on a small scale like this, and where it’s easy to deal with, I’m not going to let it upset me.
If you do happen to come across pirated versions of my book (if it’s a PDF, it is NOT legit), please let me know. Same goes if you see someone selling my patterns – my patterns are only available through my own shops. I am sure other designers/authors would appreciate a heads up if you see their work in pirated form.
It is difficult enough to police the internet for illegal copies if you’re a big business, and for those of us who are one-(wo)man bands, it is nigh on impossible, so your help really is very much appreciated. Even if you think letting us know is going to upset us. ♥♥♥