What is that saying? One rotten apple spoils the barrel? Here I am, enjoying my run as an Indie Published author – working to sell my books, fighting to convince people that Indie Publishing is a legitimate alternative to traditional publishing and sure enough a few rotten apples are ruining things for everyone. Or maybe a lot of rotten apples.
This past week, CNN.com ran an article about “knock-off” books on Amazon. Click here to read the article, but basically, unsavory people are stealing money out of author’s pockets by self-publishing books that are intended to confuse consumers looking on Amazon to purchase best-selling books and tricking those people into buying a different product. 35 Shades of Grey as opposed to NYT bestseller, 50 Shades of Grey or I am the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo instead of just The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by internationally famous author Stieg Larsson. According to the article, many of these books (and there are lots of them) have descriptions that are identical to the best seller folks are likely searching for.
Less than three weeks ago, I received a note from Romance Writers of America telling me that they had discovered a website that was selling plagiarized versions of books by popular authors. Click here to see if your books are available for free. Again, according to RWA, the instructions for complaint about infringement are buried somewhere here. For good or bad (since they aren’t popular enough to be on plagiarists radar) my books weren’t there, but several of CT’s most popular writer’s books were available.
And CT author Kate Rothwell has been fighting to get plagiarized books off of Amazon. Click here to follow her saga.
What’s the deal?! Of course I understand that there are lots of dishonest people out there…but come on! Can we pluck the rotten apples and toss them in the pig’s trough where they belong? Self Publishing already has enough stigma attached to it…we don’t need this. Let’s get this thievery out there into the harsh light of day.
Today’s secret: everyone who has a published work, should probably google themself periodically to see what else is selling that seems suspiciously similar to their book.
Today’s question: Have you been plagiarized? What happened?