How to Blast Those Illegal Copies Out of the Water

Ebook Pirates

In order to hear about publicity for our titles at Raincloud Press, I use Google Alerts for our titles and authors. This lets me know when each book is mentioned online anywhere. This includes sites which are using our content to lure users to click on links. Some of these sites just publish the descriptions of our titles and book cover pics. But some of them are offering illegal copies of our ebooks.

It can be discouraging waiting for the reviews to roll in, and instead be notified of all the illegal copies of your book being pirated. So when I heard about a service that helps a publisher identify and delete illegal copies of their ebooks on the internet, and had to try it. This is what I had been looking for.

There was a waiting period where my account was vetted by the service Blasty (I am not affiliated with them in anyway). Then, I got an email saying my account was ready to go. I signed on immediately and got to work blasting the illegal copies off the web. I have to say, it felt pretty darn good.

I am so excited about our titles getting out into the world, about copies being passed on again and again. But in the person-to-person way. We give out hundreds of copies of our titles on Goodreads and LibraryThing, so people looking for free copies of books have those outlets. Nothing feels better as a publisher than getting a book in someone’s hand, but we want to maintain that position of decision-making, controlling when and where our books are given away.

ARC Pirates

Speaking of giving away books, I’ve noticed that some of the folks that receive advance copies from us through Goodreads and LibraryThing decide to sell those copies on Amazon. Hey! That’s not cool! Advance copies are not for resale. That book was an investment. We buy the envelopes, the shipping, the book itself. If the book wasn’t a good fit, then please pass it on to someone else. But don’t compete with our distributor. That takes money out of our author’s pockets and makes it a lot harder for an indie publisher like us to stay afloat.

Raising a Special Needs Child

Asa_signs_cheese_150Raincloud Press author Jenny Jaeckel is sharing blog posts about the different stages of raising her daughter who had special medical needs. Her book, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU, publishes in October and is about the first 5 months of her daughter’s life. But what happens after the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit)?

Jenny answers those questions in her three posts so far: An Infant’s First Year Home from the NICU, Asa’s Tracheotomy: Learning Language, and Toddler Trach and Transitioning off her G-Tube. Her posts are a glimpse into their daily life and she writes with a great perspective and sense of humor.

Advance copies of Spot 12 are going out by the dozens to potential reviewers. If you are with the media or a blogger please contact me for your review copy: raincloudpress @ gmail dot com. For materials please visit:

Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU

Spot_12_Cover_90Spot 12 delivers the gritty details of a mother, a newborn, and a five-month stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in a visually gripping graphic memoir by Jenny Jaeckel. A routine prenatal exam reveals a dangerous problem, and first-time parents find themselves thrust into a world of close calls, sleepless nights, and psychological crisis. Surrounded by disagreements, deaths, extended family tensions, and questions of faith, the mother struggles to maintain a positive frame of mind.

Against the antiseptic, mechanical reality of the NICU, the dedicated health professionals are drawn as sympathetic and wry animal characters. Doctor Eyes and Nurse Gentlehands are two of the care providers that do all they can to take care of Baby Asa. But even the best hospital staff make mistakes, and Jaeckel and her husband’s vigilance must be acute. At times they battle feelings of helplessness, but their determination, insight, bravery, and connection ultimately helps keep their little one alive.