Welcome! This is the inaugural post of my Authors Helping Authors series!
How many of you have had copies of your work made available for illegal download? Most of you, right? It's a constant source of frustration to authors. Or at least to this author who spends upwards of 9 months to a year writing a novel and shovels out boatloads of cash to get it in front of readers only to have it available for free an hour later. I'd honestly stopped looking for those nasty links, because it simply became too discouraging.
Well, I think...finally...there is a solution in Blasty!
Author, Kim Dare, mentioned the site to me yesterday. Curious, I went out to investigate. I tried the free version, and within 30 minutes paid for the full version. Since then, I've had over 700 illegally posted copies of my work discovered and DMCA takedown notices submitted. In less than 24 hours.
Seriously. Over 700! In less than 24 hours!
I'm never going to do justice to describing how Blasty works, so I'm providing the link to their YouTube video. While the Chrome add on is a tiny bit glitchy, it does work well for the most part. The Web interface itself was flawless. It only took me a few minutes to upload all of my backlist and start the takedown process. Automatically.
While I was sleeping, this brilliant app found over 300 pirated copies available for illegal download that are now being purged not only from the sites where they're posted, but also from search engines that will no longer serve the links.
Takedowns go to Bing, Yahoo, Google, and the infringing site. This is a total of over 2,800 takedown notices!
I couldn't have sent these out and kept on top of them (which Blasty does 24/7 with their Auto-Blast service) if I devoted my entire waking life to this task. I just banked so many writing hours with this tool, I'm seriously overwhelmed with gratitude.
Even more lovely? The app allows you to upload your entire Amazon author list, to name just one method, with little more than a few clicks. No joke!
The company offers an affiliate program where, if I posted the link (and you signed up), I could get my subscription price lowered or forgiven entirely. I'm not doing that, because I want you to believe me when I say "WOW!" There's nothing in this for me. Just one author trying to help other authors get more books written for awesome readers.
These are the musings of a cynical romantic. Heroes on the page may be closer than they appear.