To my dear readers,
No, I haven’t translated Chapter 157 yet. I’m just so tired….
The aggregator sites managed to steal 156 even though I tried to confuse them. (I think I managed to confuse readlightnovel.org though) So, this time, I’m posting this without linking anything. I have a feeling the bots need a certain number amount of words before they “steal”. Last time, my teaser was too short, so they knew it wasn’t the chapter and waited or something.
This time, I am not linking them to anything, so good luck with that.
I’m just going to make this announcement super long so they think this is the chapter itself.
Some of you might think, “Grace, why are you doing this? Aren’t you doing the same thing by stealing the author’s work and making money off her?” In my defense, it is not because I do not want to contact the author and want to hog all the money for myself. If I could actually find her real contacts, I would try to set up something so that we can both make money. For example, I would give 50% of all my earnings to the author if we were to sell ebooks. Because, without her work, there would be no translations. Likewise, without me, there would be no English version (unless someone else translated it).
The problem is, I don’t know which site is the real site. If my stuff is being stolen by 20+ sites, her Chinese version is being stolen by 100+ Chinese sites. So, I gave up the idea of trying to sell ebooks.
Since I am not selling anything (I’m translating this for free. No one is paying me to do it. This means, you get chapters regardless if I get any donations or not. No one is buying anything.), I feel like it is ok for me to translate this. It’s practically volunteer work. I’m retelling the story in another language so more of you can enjoy it.
But when I see the aggregator sites copying my exact translations and making money off doing NOTHING, it drives me nuts.
Seriously, novelonlinefree has already taken over 350k+ views from me (and that’s just one site alone). In fact, it’s ranked even higher on google search than my actual site.
I just can’t accept it.
I know I don’t have the rights to translate the story, but I can’t accept people copy and pasting my stuff either. (I do not copy and paste the author’s work. Translating is so freaking hard, I’m not even joking. Sometimes, I spend 10 minutes translating ONE sentence.)
So, I’m going to keep making things difficult for the aggregators. I know it is very troublesome for you guys, and I do feel bad for giving you false hope that a new chapter is released, but I just can’t let it go.
I have to make it so that other readers from aggregator sites have no choice but to read on my site. It’s either me or nothing.
If they can’t stand me, they can drop the novel.
I know a lot of them want to read on the aggregator sites because it’s easier to read since all the novels are on one site. But if they bookmark my site, it’s only a few extra clicks. It only takes a few more seconds of their time.
I don’t know if some of you are aware, but I pay to keep this site running. I was using the free wordpress before. My original site is liveandlearn88.com. But because I chose to translate this novel, all my ads were banned since the wordads crawlers thought my content was too inappropriate. That is why I had to buy another domain and self host here.
I thought by removing this novel from my previous site, I could get the ads back. But wordpress.com pretty much gave me $0.88 for 100k views and I just gave up. Now, my original site has no ads and I just post inspirational things or some personal experiences on it. Feel free to check it out. I wrote about “The Art of War” & I have posts like “How to tell when a shy girl likes you” lol
Anyhow, I promise I will continue to translate this until Leng Jun Yu discovers Le Yao Yao is pregnant (Chapter 155 of the raws. We’re only on chapter 118… it’s going to take a long LONG time because some chapters are over 10k words…). But I’m not sure if I will have the willpower to finish the novel. I will try, but I don’t know if I would be able to carry on until the very end because I feel like I’m going to tip over any minute.
I’m just taking one step at a time so I can get myself closer towards the finish line.
I know I have a lot of supporters and I don’t want to let you guys down. Thank you for all your comments. I read them all even though I may not respond to them all. Come back in a day or two for the next chapter.
Thank you for reading this long rant. Maybe the aggregators will assume this is the chapter itself.
By the way, I released a chapter yesterday, so I am only releasing 2 more this week. But if you want to win a chapter for Chinese New Year, do the quiz on volare. The question is so easy. I can’t believe only 42% of the participants got it right so far. lol
Which of the following occurred in the novel of “The Eunuch is Pregnant”?
A. Le Yao Yao had a nosebleed and splattered it all over the King of Hell’s “bird”
B. Le Yao Yao sucked on the King of Hell’s “bird”
C. B only
D. A and B
I guess a lot of participants didn’t read the novel.
P.S. Thank you for all the submissions for the art contest! I have 6 now. You have until February 14th to submit. If you’re interested, instructions are on Chapter 150 announcement post.