Hey there. Yeah, you. The swashbuckler. Look, I don't make a killing off my creations. I just don't. People would rather blow their money on shitty coffee that's gone in ten minutes than pay a buck for something they enjoy, like, forever. It's just the way it is. A dollar is just too much money. Times are hard. I get it. Whatever your reasons are, it doesn't matter. You've decided to acquire my shit for free.
I don't care what's going on in your brain. I don't care how you justify it. I don't care if you think I'm rich. Since I know nothing I will say is going to prevent you from doing it (because you still did it, even though you know we need the money), the least you can do is review the goddamn thing.
I'm not speaking for all indie artists here. Just me. Me only. Moi. Я. So don't go out and start downloading other people's shit and leaving them a review hoping they won't get pissed and then be like, "Well, Dan Donche said."
I did not say. I don't speak for them. This applies to me. If you're going to steal my shit, leave me a review. If you can't give me cold cash, give me something else. Reviews are the second-best thing (for me). So yeah. If you absolutely must.
Money is Best
One last rebuttal before you torrent me, dawg. I'm indie (for now). Which means I have a real job and have to do the thing I really love on the side. The thing you clearly also love. You'd love to be able to have even more of the things you love, right? You can do that. With money. Give me your money so that I can quit my job. That's how this works. I'll have more time to make cool stuff and you, me, the babushka, everybody wins.
Review is Second Best
Did I say I would prefer that you paid? Yes? All right. Another fact: I need the reviews. That's how Amazon knows people want your shit and that they like it. Like me, Amazon also prefers cash. Money is best. I get that. When people search for stuff, Amazon wants to suggest things they will actually buy. Amazon knows what it's doing. It knows people are more likely to try a book if a lot of other people have said it's good. So the more high reviews and ratings you have, the more Amazon will put it in front of people's faces. So look, if you can't cough up the clink, leave me a review. It takes thirty seconds. It's really the least you can do. Since I know you're going to pirate me anyway.
Update: Since I wrote this, I came across this awesome blog post and thought you'd find it interesting.