*UPDATE BELOW* I’m so tired of people stealing my work. I can almost cope with trash bags stealing my marketing and freelancing articles, but when you steal an article about the death of my FUCKING CAT (please report these assholes if you give a shit about my work because I’ve just about had it), that’s when I’ll gladly spend the $1100 to have my attorney file a cease and desist. The culprit is timesbest.blog, they’ve stolen essays of mine, and they’ve probably stolen your work too.

This is why I hate people. Who steals an article about a dead cat? WHO DOES THIS? Sad, pathetic people who can’t write, but they’ll take the easy route and build a name for themselves off my back and my grief.

This is why I’m publishing fewer pieces on Medium because so many people think it’s cool to violate my work by publishing it and selling ads against it. They sell ads against images of my face. This is not okay (and not legal, by the by), but I’m the one overreacting over here? Sure, Jan.

Then, you have these bros on the platform, who create nothing original, going on about how we should find it flattering. How we shouldn’t care.

I don’t need a moron on the internet to steal my work and profit from it as a validation of my talent and skill. I know I’m an exceptional writer. (Oh, wait, women aren’t supposed to say that. We’re supposed to be the Oliver Twist of prose. We’re not supposed to be confident and proud of our hard work and achievements.)

If you’re tempted to leave a comment otherwise, you’ll be blocked. You think I’m overreacting? Leave. You want to explain publishing to someone who’s been traditionally published, worked in book publishing, and published online and in print since 2002? Cease. You’re cool with copyright infringement even though there are laws in place to protect people’s art? Great. YOU are not ME. I don’t live my life based on how you live yours. Why don’t people get this simple fact when they peddle their wares in the comments? If you’re tempted to tone police me, ask yourself why you’re telling a woman not to be angry when her work and livelihood are being violated. This is my space, and I will be as angry as I want to be. Ask yourself why you feel compelled to dump your litter in my house. MY CAT IS A LINE.

I’m not, nor will I ever be, your good little girl.

UPDATE: After a lot of thought and quite a few emails, it feels as if Medium isn’t the best long-term home for my work. Every single essay and article I write is systematically stolen, republished, and monetized. And while you don’t care, I do.

This space feels like a breeding ground for content thieves and I won’t risk my work, livelihood or reputation. What’s sad is the volume and noise subsumes people who care about what they create. But many don’t care because there’s always something new to read and steal. The machine will be forever fat and fed.

I’m tired of the misogyny, plagiarism, and the fact this is no longer a space to create art.

Apart from a contracted project I have with Medium that will launch within the next few months, I’m finalizing plans to leave the platform completely within three months.

Within that three-month period, if anyone steals my work, they will get hit with a cease & desist until the stolen work and their fucking website are removed from the internet due to copyright and trademark infringements.

If Medium wants to commission work, cool, because the editors are amazing, but I won’t be self-publishing here. The costs have begun to outweigh the benefits.

Apart from any commissioned work, I will be using this space to make announcements of projects off-site.

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