I’ll admit it: I am vain enough to have set a Google news alert for my own name. I’m no celebrity but I do get a few hits a week. Usually, they are actually about an auto parts marketing consultant or British footballer who happen to share my name, but sometimes they’re actually about me.
This week, I got an alert about a piece published in The Independent in 2009. I’m not sure what the lag was all about.
The article was on the Top 10 Most Pirated eBooks of 2009 and my book, Photoshop Secrets of the Pros, was in there at #2. (Or possibly #8; I’m not sure how they’ve ordered them.) My book is bracketed by the Kama Sutra and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex.
I’m honestly not sure how to feel about this. I’m a little proud, and also cognizant that this is likely to be the only time any of my books will make a national Top Ten list.
I’m also a bit annoyed that a book that never paid me a single dime in royalties was so heavily pirated.