Sunday, 26 February 2012
Do You Feel Fury or Pity?
This author was 'outed' in the, 'Dear Author', and 'Smart Bitches Trashy Books' blog, and although I avidly read everything that appeared, I was left saddened by this rather than angry - but then I wasn't one of the authors being plagiarised, so maybe I'm not the one entitled to react with outrage.
Although the book and all references to this woman have been removed from the publisher's website and their groups, I cannot imagine how the publisher must feel being duped like this when they evidently released the novel in good faith.
I can see that this is could be the downside of self publishing - it's easier to steal someone else's graft if you can do so with the click of a mouse, but this woman used a publisher - thus compounding her crime and making them culpable.
On the release of my own novels, my initial euphoria at having a book published and 'out there' for anyone to see, is combined with a gut-wrenching dread that the reviews will be awful, the story trashed, and a damning comment on a blog - any blog that asks 'Why does this person think she can write?'
Surely any thrill this woman experienced on 'release day', when all the congratulations come flooding in, would be tempered by the inevitability that someone would find her out eventually. She must spend every day waiting for the other shoe to drop!
I simply don't understand her reasoning, and my primary emotion is of an overwhelming sadness for her.