To the Person Posting as BUGCHICKLV on Demonoid

Thanks for expressing interest in my story, “Learning to Love Yourself,” as well as a number of my colleague Mike Shade’s stories. It’s great to know there are people out there who want to read my stuff.

But seriously, dude, it costs $1.29. You can buy a copy right here for, like, a quarter of what a cup of coffee costs these days.

Now I’ll admit that with the many, many stories which were passed around on that particular Demonoid thread, you ripped off saved quite a lot more money than that. I’m afraid I can’t find it in my heart to admire your frugality, however, since it comes at the expense of my own earnings and those of other writers I know.

If you’re really that strapped for cash, there are plenty of legitimately free stories around on the internet. There’s some great stuff in fanfic fandom (look for rec lists) plus a lot of published writers have free stories on their web sites. Archives like Nifty are free and specialize in gay erotica. Oh, and there are also places called libraries where you can borrow books for free — I’ll bet there’s one near you.

But you know, the pirated e-book thing? Please knock it the fuck off. Thank you.

Angie

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Angela Benedetti lives in Seattle with her husband and a few thousand books. She loves romance for the happy endings, for the affirmation that everyone who's willing to fight for love deserves to get it and be happy with someone. She's best known for her Sentinel series of novels, the most recent of which is Captive Magic.