Okay, so. I got a notice from the extremely lovely Authlim of Xvim letting me know that my story Cinders--yeah, the serial one I wrote here, the one I put up on Literotica for free just like so, so much of my stuff--has been plagiarized by one Felix Ferrero and put up on Amazon.co.uk and smashwords, along with the works of several other authors--J. Vaughn's RoughBoys, anybody? fantasyhunter2's They Are A-OK, and others. I've already contacted Amazon and smashwords to get the stories taken down, and hopefully they'll come through quickly for me.
This is the first time it's been thrown at me that my stuff is being plagiarized. I'm sure it's happened before, I may have blocked it from my mind, but this time it's not only blatant, it's also not only me! Yeah, copy some of the most popular authors on Literotica, don't even bother to rename the frickin' stories and see where that gets you! Really? Just...really? My free work is meant to be just that, a gift for readers, and it annoys me to no end that someone else is trying to profit off of it.
Felix Ferrero has a website, and a facebook, and presences on the Amazon and smashwords platforms. I'm not going to contact him directly, at least not yet, because I despise drama and hopefully can get this taken care of without a lot of fuss. But that might not be the case, and if it isn't, I'm looking for advice. Has anyone had to deal with this before? What steps did you take? Do you follow another author who's been through it? Feel free to pass on some wisdom.
You are a pain in the ass, Felix, and not the good kind.
And Authlim of Xvim, who left me a comment about this earlier, you are awesome for bringing this to my attention and you deserve a short story, at the very least. I'll contact you.