Unbelievable! Some People Think They can Get Away with Plagiarism!

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you!  Last week I learned something that disturbed me. It upset me so much that I investigated the situation myself.  I heard another author plagiarized someone else’s written work. They did it so blatantly that she was accused of just copying and pasting text from a certain book into hers. I was appalled by this and so were many hard working authors.

Because of this, the imposter’s book has been removed from Amazon.  This is the bright side in this situation. Because there was such an uproar in the industry; she was called out and her book removed.

I loved how all the authors who saw this caused a stink. Many of them went on Amazon and posted a one star review of the imposter’s work and stated in their review the work was plagiarized. There is something to be said for this industry. I’ve never seen a group get together and support each other the way authors do. You certainly don’t see this in Corporate America. Sure when an employee is screwed over by a corporation their peers may grumble, but no one takes a stand for that employee.

I love this about the publishing industry. It’s very refreshing. It’s also refreshing how many authors are willing to help another by allowing them to do guest posts or offering marketing advice. Many are willing to share their success secrets and what didn’t work for them. Many authors love to write, but find marketing their work time intensive and laborious. So sharing trade secrets is a must.

I’m amazed by the audacity of the imposter. She took advantage of another author’s blood, sweat, and tears. She has ruined her good name in the publishing industry and I bet it’ll be a long time before a publisher looks at her work again. What I find so interesting is that she probably could have asked for help. This industry is full of people who are willing to help others.

We all want success. We all want to be on the bestseller’s list but let’s face it there’s no short cut to success. We all have to put our time in and become the best writers we can be. And how can we share our unique voice with the world if we don’t put the time in?  It certainly isn’t by regurgitating someone else’s work.

In closing, I’d like to say a thank you to all the new friends I’ve made on my publishing journey; the ones who have helped me either by allowing me to be a guest on their blog or offered editorial advice and/or marketing advice, or offered encouragement.  You know who you are and there are too many to list by name here.

Thanks everyone for reading my post. It’s a short but sweet one today.  🙂 I’d love to read your thoughts on the publishing fiasco that was brought to light last week. I’ve decided not to identify the individuals just to be on the safe side. 🙂

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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12 Responses to Unbelievable! Some People Think They can Get Away with Plagiarism!

  1. John Holt says:

    I have to say I never saw anything about this. In fact it was quite fortunate that it was noticed. When you think that every month 20000 new books come on to the market (not sure if that’s just the UK or world wide). Either way it’s a huge number, and I would guess that a lot of copying (deliberate or indeed accidentally) goes on.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by John! I agree that it is quite fortunate it was caught and I’m glad it was too! Just another example of authors looking out for each other! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. Shea Ford says:

    Great post Lisa! 😀 Cons of all sorts are always exposed. Why do people always think they’ll be able to break the odds and get away with it? People like that have zero feelings for others. Hmm, no feelings. What are they doing trying to pass themselves off as a writer anyway? They’re missing a critical element!

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Shea! I agree with you whole-heartedly! If they have to copy someone else’s material that should be telling them something right there! 🙂

  3. sarastinson says:

    Wonderful post, Lisa! I am glad this person was taken off Amazon and I’m so happy authors worked together to say…we will not stand for this! I have met so many wonderful and hard working authors in the past year. Why individuals think we will not catch such nonsense is beyond me.

  4. ritamonette says:

    I wonder how many don’t get caught. I guess readers are the ones that catch them. Great post, Lisa.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I wonder that too Rita, but hopefully the ones who are caught are made an example of which will act as a deterrent for others! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. sharonledwith says:

    What that author doesn’t realize is that their writing career is ruined – unless a pen name is used. But I believe in karma, and she can be one hell of a storm when she shows up! Great post, Lisa! Hugs!

  6. Cordelia Dinsmore says:

    I saw that and wondered how anyone could be so blatant if it were true. I guess the odds of being caught might be slim if one chose an obscure author, but to ambush someone’s work that’s rather highly visible seemed strange to me. You’re right, though, authors are amazing in their support of others in the industry.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Hey there Cordelia! I know what you mean, I was shocked by the copying and pasting! But I really thought it was awesome when all these authors called her out on it and supported the victimized author. That really made my day!

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