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As many of you know, I am slowly but surely putting many of the patterns I had available previously for sale on my website, for free. Many of you know the reason. For those of you who don’t know, I wanted to explain it to you.
My sole source of income is writing patterns and books. I am a single mother and this is the only income I receive to survive. People who purchased my patterns posted them on the internet for free and people are even making an income from my patterns because of it. Seriously, stealing from me and making money from my stolen patterns. This is horrible and devastating to me since all income stopped from my pattern sales because they were available for free on the internet.
Just last week, I spent over an hour sending out DMCA takedown notices to get THIRTEEN of my books removed from the internet. This is despicable. It takes me weeks, if not months, to write a book and then to discover that it’s available online for free and I can’t even make a royalty from it. A royalty from sales is the ONLY income I make from my books and it can be $.25 to $.80 per book. Seriously, now, sales is the only way I can survive and that has been taken away from me. I made the decision last year that I won’t be writing anymore books. Get them while you can, guys, because there won’t be anymore.
In an effort to combat the people stealing my work and putting it up on the internet for free, I made the decision to go to an ad-funded website. So far, I am able to make a modest income with this route and I’m willing to pursue it. This is why I’m working so hard to give you quality, free crochet patterns with new ones every week at CrochetKim.com.
Make no mistake, though. Every time I post a new free pattern on my website, certain people rush to get it up on these illegal sites as quickly as they can so that they can earn extra coins or jewels so they can turn around and get the big ticket stolen items, like full books. I’m aware of it and for those of you who steal my patterns like that, all I can say is Karma. Three-fold, guys. It’s just not right and makes me really sad that it’s come to this.
You’re positively destroying the industry by doing this. And, perhaps I could see it if you woke up one morning and said, “I hate crochet. I’m going to do everything I can to destroy it.” But, that’s just not the case. The people who are doing this actually LIKE crochet. How crazy is that?
For the time being, like I said, I will continue adding new free patterns to CrochetKim.com and I am actually enjoying it and I hope it doesn’t end. If it turns out that even that isn’t enough to support us, I’ll have to dust off my resume and shut down my site. I hope it doesn’t come to that, of course. Designing and writing patterns is and has been a blessing to me and I don’t want to throw it away. Only time will tell.
Even though I haven’t been able to keep up with writing here in my blog as often as I would like, I’m still working and posting patterns like crazy over at my website and I encourage you to browse around. I hope you find something you like.