Pirates Steal Stupid Fast And It Hurts

I don’t make a lot of money.  I just received a google alert for Stupid Fast.  I have very little money.  Publishing for most people produces very little money.  Every little bit that comes in matters a lot.  The google alert was for a free download site.  This single site has distributed, as of 10:45 central, 3151 free copies of my book.  I cannot tell you how crappy that makes me feel.  You might say, “Those people wouldn’t read your book otherwise.”  Maybe not all, but some probably would (students who are assigned it, for instance).  Probably enough would have bought it so that I could pay for my son’s drum lessons or my daughter’s piano.  I also pay for their clothes and their food and their health insurance.  I would not have bought a luxury car or a big house, because I don’t have much money.  I could use a new pair of pants.



10 Responses to “Pirates Steal Stupid Fast And It Hurts”

  1. 1 cariblogs December 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm


    This sucks and I’m sorry there is no excuse for it!

    I have no money: Go to the library

    They don’t sell it in my country: Book Depository

    Packages get lost in the mail: Buy the ebook

    Books are expensive: Stupid Fast is a paperback and cost less than 9.99!


  2. 3 Denis Herbach December 7, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Geoff , what I liked most in your text is ” so that I could pay for my son’s drum lessons or my daughter’s piano. I also pay for their clothes and their food and their health insurance ”
    I love it !!

    I understand you very well, I also have Anna Luiza to support !!

    And thanks to Lilian Halevy and Max, Tania and Daniela now own 2 stores in Rio, with which they pay for my 5 grandchildren ´s education, healthcare etc, etc

    Kisses my dear nephew.

  3. 4 StacyShanNancySarah (@girlsinthestack) December 8, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    That stinks, and I agree with Cari – there is no excuse for it! You (and your family) deserve better.

  4. 6 Jen Bigheart December 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Son of a motherless goat! Total BS and I hope they are shut down permanently. Unfortch, some people are dirty, thrifty people and will do anything to save a dime. I’m afraid they don’t think about the author and how this is stealing money from their diaper/beer fund. Stinko!


  5. 8 Sadie December 9, 2011 at 2:02 am

    So…say one perhaps spread the word and had those 3k copies bought or ordered…

    I’m not a miracle worker, but I’ve recommended this to a bunch of people looking for their kids for Christmas this year. I hope this stops; that’s a seriously shitty thing to do, which is the obvious response, but…you know. Not cool.

  6. 10 philosophermouseofthehedge December 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    How rotten.
    Why do people think artists, writers (and teachers) should be flattered if someone wants their work – and it’s OK to take it paying nothing in return? Everyone has to pay bills – and their kids would like to go to college and have nice things just like those deadbeats’ kids!
    Really sorry.

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Geoff Herbach. I am the author of Stupid Fast and Nothing Special, among a bunch of other stuff. When I'm not writing, I teach writing at Minnesota State, Mankato.

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