This past week it was brought to my attention that the audiobook for Wrath of the Fallen was uploaded to Youtube. I did a quick search, and sure enough, there it is. And it has been up since 2016! In that amount of time, it has had 377 views. For a 10-hour audiobook that's not a lot, since its safe to guess that none of those 377 finished it in one sitting, so the reality is a lower number of people participating in the piracy.
Even so, I went through a few stages of disbelief and anger. On the one hand, this is somewhat flattering. I mean, someone bought the audiobook from Audible, listened to it, and thought, "this is good enough that I'm going to take the time to pirate it." However, that also means that they stole from me in some capacity. Who knows how many sales (if any) I missed as a result of this, and ultimately that's not what bothers me about it. It's the principle over the money. Hours went into writing this story. Hours went into recording it. Finn deserves his cut of each sale just as much as I do.
I did a little more digging and found the audiobook up on a file-sharing site as well. Great. More pirates. What do I do now? I've considered ignoring it and looking at it as free publicity. I've considered taking the time to try and get it taken down. I've mostly spent a lot of time pondering how the hell this happened to someone so small.
Ultimately, whatever I do will be the right choice for me and Dark Tidings Press. If you ever have the urge to pirate something, don't be a dick. Especially if it's from a new author/small press. If you legitimately can't afford it, just ask, and we will probably give it to you for free for a review or something. If you can afford it and just don't want to pay for it, you're a dick and don't deserve to read it anyway.
Anyway, that's enough about that. If you did find my work through illicit means, I hope you liked it.