Hi Tennis Shoes Readers!
Been a long month of editing and rewriting and prepping Tennis Shoes 12: Drums of Desolation for release this fall. My publisher is still deciding all those specifics. When I know, I'll let readers know. A single edit involves thousands of changes, sometimes small, sometimes large. I've posted rough drafts of certain chapters here on FrostCave. Fans may enjoy comparing the published version with the rough-draft version when the time comes. I read these pages so often, I can sometimes lose sight of which version is actually the best.
I wanted to share a disturbing message I received from a fan a couple days ago. Here it is:
Thanks Chris! Deseret Book had a couple of your items on MP3 for download. I ended up having a family member purchase all the books - upload them to his computer and send them to me through Drop Box so I could copy them to pass the copy around to other family and friends. Those who have had the chance to start listening are loving your series. It looks like you will have another one out soon. I look forward to hearing it as well!
This was a difficult message to receive. Supporting my family with LDS-themed books gets harder every year. What struck me was how casually this fan admitted they were doing something illegal...and had no concept that they were doing something wrong. Oh, I know. It's a rampant problem--illegal downloading and sharing. It's almost becoming pointless to complain about it or fight it. I've seen many talented artists give up on, or lose out on, their dreams because of they can't get their careers off the ground. It hits me deeply. I've had kids come up to me at autograph parties or elsewhere and comment that because I'm "so famous" (in their minds--perhaps because my name is on a book), I must also be "rich." I can assure you, if your work is directed toward LDS audiences, this is never true. We're constantly trying to figure out how to make up for income streams that have dried up in the last ten years. Illegal downloading isn't the only problem. But it's still one of the biggest.
How should I even respond to a message like this? (It was on Facebook, which admittedly I don't get to as often as I should.)
I love what I do. I hope as time goes on I can continue to do it.
Those who like scholarly stuff may enjoy an article I had posted on mormoninterpreter.com. This is actually a chapter note from the latest Tennis Shoes book. I reworked it for this website, which is probably the best website for LDS scholarship out there these days. Here's the link: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-book-of-mormon-a-brilliant-mess/#more-4904