It Pays to Fight Back

rewardThis is my last update regarding the recent content theft situation. As of today, iWrite which is one of the organizations that this individual sold my work too has banned this individual from working with them or their affiliates in any capacity.

I have also notified Upwork that this individual is posting job ads on their site under multiple aliases requesting that writers work outside of their site for him, which is an immediate ban situation. Since I am unaware of what other companies besides Upwork and iWrite this individual is working through, all I can do is spread the word within the industry at this point.

In addition, I was able to locate the customer who ended up buying my work for 5 or 6 of the articles and have as such issued Cease and Desist orders to them. Two of these customers have contacted me back and we are working out arrangements. One will be removing the article if he does not choose to accept my offer to keep it up under my byline with a link to my website; and the second has already changed the byline as well as added the link. I felt it only fair to offer them this option since they were also victims in this situation and would apparently not be receiving refunds from the companies in question. Plus, the extra exposure of my byline increases my Google ratings.

In the end, this was a lot of work for a little reward, but knowing that I areward-2m stronger than I thought I was and the feeling of vindication knowing that this person has been outed, banned from some sites, and is unable to pass plagiarism scans with my work now, has made it all worth the effort. I know I have not stopped him, but I have made his life more
difficult and brought awareness to the problem.

Hopefully this will inspire any other writers out there to stand up for themselves and not feel helpless in this situation. These types of criminals count on their targets to to just accept that there is nothing they can do about the situation and move on. It is my hope that my fighting this individual, and documenting it for other writers and end users to see will increase the number of people who fight back, and decrease the number of these kinds of individuals within the industry; or at least make it much harder for them to pull their scams.

Numbers are Rising!

Super excited to see that my follower base from Google+, Twitter, WordPress, and CoPromote have hit 862; up from a few days ago by around 100 already. Thank you to all my followers for helping me grow my business and web presence. Writing is my passion, my obsession, my livelihood, and my life only second to my wonderful children who inspire me to be the best person, mother, and writer that I can be. I learn from them everyday and look forward to all my lessons to come.

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

Due to an assortment of daily life obstacles, I wasn’t able to complete NaNoWriMo this year. However I did at least get the beginning of my sequel to Passing Ships are not Always Quiet started. And I am sitting here on the coast staring out at the Atlantic Ocean as I visit with friends in New York, returning to work on this labor of love, my second novel “Another Year, Another Crime.” I look forward to seeing where this book and it’s adventures will take me.

In addition to working on my creative projects, I am also taking on new web-content, marketing content, article and blog post clients, as this year I have closed my massage practice and am 100% focused on expanding my writing business. This is an exciting time for me, and I look forward to seeing what this year has in store for me on this amazing journey of change and dream fruition.