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Is a new free serial fiction, that I am currently writing. Much like other successful serial pieces of mine there will be a new piece every week.
The new serial fiction has over 20 of my closest fans who submitted an application to actually be in my story. It’s free and should be a very interesting read. Stop by and let me know what you think.
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-L . Vera
Neil Gaiman’s A Calendar of Tales is free to download.
It’s a series of twelve stories, one for each month, inspired by questions that Neil Gaiman tweeted. Partnered with Blackberry they have gotten together to make an interesting book of shorts. Download away and let me know what you think.
I look at a lot of books, so it’s no surprise that I find covers that look remotely similar or uses images that were stolen, usually off of deviantart.com (from now on will be referred to as dA). Since I frequent dA and Amazon many become apparent.
Usually I let the author know first. I’ll send them a link to the original image and tell them that they shouldn’t be taking an image without permission. The best retort would be to simply tell me they have permission, but guilt must set in and they usually comply. Which in many cases they play stupid or blame someone else.
The truth is, it’s not really my fight. And if anyone said “Screw you!” the only thing I can do track the down the artist and put it into their hands. Many times I find myself apathetic about it, especially since I’ve been busy. I barely have time to keep up with this blog and my writing. I definitely dont have time to track down art thieves.
But there’s one that has been bothering me. One that I’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t and now I go searching for it and I can’t find it. I know it’s still out there. It uses the cover of L.L. Bartlett’s novel Murder On The Mind, but the author whites out all the wording. So if you see it let me know. Luis_Vera05@yahoo.com
Remember authors, ask. You see artwork you like online, just ask the artist. The hardest thing is waiting for a reply or just trying to get ahold of them. Of course, I doubt the thief would get permission here to use a cover from one book for his own and perhaps even in this case the photo could be from a stock site. But I remember looking closer at it and actually seeing where the words used to be and seeing the bad photoshop. Anyways, keep an eye out there and remember that artist struggle just as much as us writer and to have anything stolen just sucks.
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