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Book Piracy

It’s always been difficult making a living as an author. Now it’s harder than ever. The Median annual income from writing of a professional author in the UK is £10,500 a year, down 42% in real terms since 2005!

There are many reasons, which I shall be going into over the next few weeks.

One reason is people like the Internet Archive Open Library. I just searched their site with my name and 14 titles came up. These titles are available to borrow for free. They never asked me if it was okay and they certainly don’t intend to pay for the priveledge.

They claim they want to make – “all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.”

That’s fine for hippies, but as far as I’m concerned, they can pay for the honour being so generous.

Why on earth would anyone spend years of their life creating work for any old internet hacker to come along and steal it – for that is what is going on here – plain theft, robbery, piracy. The Internet Archive are a bunch of thieves and need to go to jail for stealing.

Each book has a contract page that usually says something like “You may not copy or distribute this work in any form.” That’s pretty simple to understand.

Look at their supporters! Complicit in illegal activity! I’m sure they don’t mean to be, but they are aiding and abetting theft on a huge scale

If they are getting funding, they can share some of that with the owners of the content they are stealing.

Recent foundation funding generously provided by::

As you can see below, my books haven’t been borrowed a lot, but many other authors have and it is not right or just. There is a principle at stake here and the Authors Guild of America

I have sent a cease and desist email and hope that when next you search my name in the Internet Archive – nothing comes up – or better still, the whole site has been closed down and the owners are in jail awaiting sentence.


New Book Cover Revealed – Walker – the boy who can talk to dogs

Today is the official reveal of my new book, Walker – the boy who can talk to dogs.

I’ve just finished the artwork and I’m so looking forward to introducing this book to children – I hope to have early copies for World Book Day. I’m booked for World Book Day week, but still have room the weeks either side.

Walker has always wanted a dog, but his mums hyper-allergic to dogs, so he can’t have one. Something he see’s on a visit to his aunt, gives him and idea, and soon he and Stella are bonding, throwing and catching sticks in Foxley Fields. Walker has no idea what is about to happen or the incredible adventure that is about to unfold.

You can pre-order at Amazon – pay no attention to what they say… publication day is 14th March. Find out a whole lot more at @ FireflyPress

Nearly Finished Artwork for Walker- The boy who can talk to dogs


In this video I do a lot of drawing and painting and talking about artwork and making children’s books as I create the final artwork for the image I prepared as a rough in the previous video 

My Editor, Janet, loved the sketches I sent her and now it is a race against time to finish the artwork for the print deadline. I need to paint at least eight images a day, preferably more. It doesn’t help that Mrs Rayner is going away for a week and I have to spend a day in London and we have builders in, who I have to lease with, and cook supper for my aged Mother and go shopping for her and me and my son… but I will get there in time, even if I have to work late in the evenings. It’s part of the “Glamour” of being an illustrator.

Actually, that sounds like the title of a video blog!

It is all painted greyscale as It is going to be a back and white book.The colour I use is:
Neutral Tint Half Pan Watercolour Paint
http://amzn.to/2ymFRJI in the UK
http://amzn.to/2Cbk5f5 in the USA
http://amzn.to/2E5E3t4 in Canada