SOPA, PIPA, and any future attempts by corporations to limit free speech (grr) are being presented as a brave and heroic effort to protect creative people and their intellectual property from the greedy, unwashed masses.
Setting aside my knee-jerk cynicism (briefly), they’re talking about me.
I’ve written a novel. (It needs some work.) But someday, I want to be a Real Author who can pay her rent with royalty checks.
But you know what? While that’s my dream, a country that limits free speech, the right to peaceably assemble and petition for redress of grievances-- that right there is my nightmare.
I admire reddit and Wikipedia and all the 7,000 plus websites that are blacking out on January 18th to protest SOPA. However, I don’t have a large enough following to make a significant point by doing that.
I don’t have a following; I do have intellectual property.
(Boring explanation of the Big Sacrifice I am making commences: The way traditional publishing works, an author gets paid by selling the rights to their book. For a first time genre author with no following like me, the advance paid on this first right might be as much as $2,000.)
To protest SOPA and PIPA and the future attempts on free speech and cultural exchange I cynically expect, I’m going to use up my super precious shiny first publishing rights: I’m going to make my novel, Suncatcher, available for free on this website right here for 24 hours starting right now (I’d wait until midnight, but I’ve got little kids and they don’t let me stay up late anymore. /whine)
And, to lessen the pain of that sacrifice a little bit, it would be kind of you to pass this link on to others who might enjoy reading a book about a solar-powered airship community that runs on consensus and saves the world. (I swear I wrote it before Occupy Wall Street was a glimmer in AdBusters’ eye.)
It also has Quakers, ninjas, global plague, climate change and a happy ending. And the heroine is Muslim. Because I was really thinking about how to market it to the big six publishers when I wrote it. /dry sarcasm
Anyway, please forward this link even if that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea.
I figure, if I’m losing $2,000, I’d at least like to gain 200 readers. :*)
Tl;dr: Fight SOPA! Free speech. (Have added the link back, after removing it.)
Love and catching the sun,