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Plagiarism…For those who lack imagination

26 Jun

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery”

Whoever said these words clearly has never been the victim of literary plagiarism because trust me when I say plagiarism isn’t flattering.

I hate to say it but I’m a bit of an expert of plagiarism…that sounds very big headed so let me explain.

When I first started writing seriously I posted my work out into the great wide world of the internet for no other reason than I wanted to know what other people thought of my work. That single decision proved to be the best one I’ve ever made because while I’d been a writer for many years I had never ever completed a single project. Don’t get me wrong…I had lots of ideas and that was the problem. I had lots of ideas all vying for attention and I made the mistake of trying to do them all at the same time. I’d start one book, get an idea for another, try to write both at the same time and fail miserably. One book would win over the other and the first would get left behind, unfinished.

The thing I discovered when writing for an audience was feedback. Consistent feedback is addictive and it motivated me to get the next chapter written and the one after that etc. With an audience waiting for the story to be completed I never allowed other ideas to take root until the story was complete. Because of posting on the internet I managed to complete not one but three stories. It was amazing.

BUT as every writer knows you can’t have a good story without conflict and it came for me in the form of plagiarism. Copy and paste, the basic tools for anyone who wants the credit for writing but can’t do it using their own skills.

Even now, thinking about it makes my blood boil.

Let me take you through the journey that made me an expert in plagiarism.

Case 1 – August 2010


This was the first case of plagiarism but not the most shocking. One of my readers said that she’d seen my story posted elsewhere and my stomach dropped. There was a moment where I thought that she’d made a mistake, a small glimmer of hope. No one wants to be told their work has been stolen after all but the instant I clicked the link I knew she’d been telling the truth. There it was for all to see, my work under someone else’s name! The thing that annoyed me most about this incident was that the plagiariser couldn’t actually spell the main character’s name correctly. Wherever she hadn’t been able to copy and paste, Tobias became Tobais….Very annoying. My work was removed and I thought that would be the end of it. Wrong!!

Case 2 – December 2010

This was by far the WORST incident of plagiarism I’ve ever seen in my life. This person stole from 8 authors including me! Disgusting. She was a little bit better in her attempt to hide her plagiarism. She at least changed the title. If the fact that she’d stolen the work wasn’t bad enough, the fan base she’d developed from passing off other writers works as her own actually had the audacity to tell us we were in the wrong for wanting her to remove the work! I couldn’t believe that people were asking me to justify myself. There were pages and pages of people commenting that myself and the other 7 authors should leave her in peace so that she could finish the stories she was posting! I had to develop a plagiarism template because of that case. Eventually after a few days of arguing with the site administrators her account was removed but because of the reaction I received I decided that if it ever happened again my days of posting my work on the internet would be at an end.

Case 3 – May 2011

And you’ve guessed it, despite all the copyright warnings and me explicitly stating that the third time would be the last straw it happened again! This person turned my work into a Twilight fanfiction by using find and replace to change the character names. She was also the only plagiariser to ever come forward and apologise. Her excuse was that she wanted credit. It’s nice that she said she was sorry but it was also the final straw.

 

No more Miss Nice Author. Though it hurt to remove my work from a site that had been so good to me and in essence helped me develop into the writer I am today I can’t bare the thought of someone taking my work as theirs again. When you write a series that’s as long and in depth as my Love Bites Trilogy, you’ve spent months of time of doing nothing but thinking about your characters and writing. With each book being at least 100,000 words long it took me on average 9 months to complete each of them. I could have had a child in the time that it took me to write those novels! But still…It was because of the writing community on that first website that I was able to even finish the books and so I want to give something back!

My birthday is on the 6th July and to celebrate I’m giving away a free copy of one of my books to everyone who wants one!!

Now the important question is this….Which book should be given away? That I’ll leave up to you. Give me your opinion in the poll and I’ll get right on sorting it out!

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28 Comments

Posted by on 26/06/2011 in Books: Love Bites, Writing

 

28 responses to “Plagiarism…For those who lack imagination

  1. June M.

    26/06/2011 at 7:03 am

    I wish I was talented enough to write but I would NEVER steal someone else’s story. This is something that you authors have created and especially those of us who can not do this (even as much as we would love to, and may try anyway) should respect. Without you wonderfully talented authors, I would not have these terrific books to read.

     
  2. ashley

    26/06/2011 at 7:39 am

    I can’t believe that people steal… Sadly I’ve seen it a lot. I’m surprised I still post my original works including my poetry online.

    I’m sorry that its happened to you… Especially more than once.

     
  3. Kylee

    26/06/2011 at 8:35 am

    I have read these books almost since you first posting them online. By far they are the best stories, I have come across on that website, and they are my favorite. I know it will sad to see them go, but as you said enough is enough. I won’t be surprised though if sometime in the near future I will see your work published in a store near me, since I know you are that good.

    The best of Luck to you!

     
  4. Angela

    26/06/2011 at 10:32 am

    Im glad that you took your Love Bites Trilogy offline because those stories are good. No, they’re great. And it’s childish that someone stole your story. I support your decision in taking the stories down and i also like that you are offering to give away free copies of one of the stories 😀 I don’t exactly know where to makes my vote, but i vote for A Wolf’s Duty to be given away. I have already read all three of your stories, but i fell in love with the first story to the whole Trilogy 😀

     
    • Angela

      26/06/2011 at 10:33 am

      Nevermind, i found it. i had a very serious blonde moment right there.

       
  5. jennyt82

    26/06/2011 at 10:40 am

    Remember guys, you’re free to vote more than once. I really hope you get the one that you want.
    Good luck!

     
  6. T.t. Miller

    26/06/2011 at 3:39 pm

    oh man! I’m sorry this happened to you! Unlike the others who have commented, I have not read any of your work… I vote for a Wolf’s Duty.

    And I know it’s early, but Happy Birthday!

     
  7. Gracen Miller

    26/06/2011 at 4:48 pm

    I voted for Wolf’s Duty and an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    Like T.t. Miller, I’ve not had any of my work stolen/pirated yet, but I have had folks “ask” if anyone’s got my book on pirate sites. That was enough to tick me off. Sorry this happened to you, Jenny. I wish there was more that could be done about this crime.

    Huggles,
    Gracen

     
    • jennyt82

      30/06/2011 at 6:43 am

      The cheek of some people! They actually asked if your work was available for a pirate download? Ridiculous. Seriously if you’re that interested in the book then follow the author, you never know when they might do something special for their readers like a discount or a freebie!

       
  8. Dorothy Torres

    26/06/2011 at 5:35 pm

    Happy Birthday … a few days early!

    Dorothy
    For Books – http://alaskanbookie.blogspot.com/
    For Chocolate – http://alaskanchocoholic.blogspot.com/
    For Both – http://twitter.com/AkChocoholic

     
    • jennyt82

      30/06/2011 at 6:44 am

      I love your chocolate musings on Twitter! As a chocoholic myself they always make me smile.

       
  9. Holly

    26/06/2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m so sorry that happened to you! That really sucks that those people could stoop that low into stealing your hard work instead of using their own imagination to write. You have every right to be completely angry at plagiarizers and take your stories offline.
    Thanks so much for having this giveaway and happy early birthday!

     
  10. Maryam Hussein

    26/06/2011 at 7:03 pm

    I’m so sorry it happened YET AGAIN!!!! I’ve never understood why people do it and I support your decision to take them down too. And happy early birthday! I voted for a Wolf’s Duty.

     
  11. Amanda

    27/06/2011 at 5:30 am

    I think you should continue to post your work. I love reading your stories and I hate that others don’t have enough imagination to create their own work. You have such a great imagination and I hope you never stop writing!

     
  12. Kassandra Duric

    27/06/2011 at 3:08 pm

    Well, it really sucks that you can’t trust anyone these days, I hope that you don’t get plagorised for the Elemental series, I really want to finish reading those, though I will be buying them when you get them published. So I hope you are able to continue posting the Elemental series until you get the chance to finish it.

    Geez, when and if I get as popular as you, I hope no one does this to me, I would just be devistated.

     
  13. Donna/BLHmistress

    27/06/2011 at 7:51 pm

    I am so sorry this happened to you once much less three times omg that is horrible, how can anyone justify that, you work hard and for someone to do that . I am glad you didn’t stop writing though.

     
  14. My Book of Stories

    27/06/2011 at 8:24 pm

    I cannot imagine using someone’s work and passing it on as my own. My conscience would eat me up alive. Interesting post. Thanks. I’m a subscriber. Donna

    http://mylife-in-stories.blogspot.com

     
  15. Brenda Rupp

    28/06/2011 at 1:29 am

    Stealing someone else’s work has to be the lowest of low! There is no way I could do that, how could someone live with themselves? Thanks. I’m a subscriber!

     
  16. rea0903

    28/06/2011 at 2:49 am

    Thanks so much for having this giveaway and happy early birthday! =)

    soo hard to choose… but my vote goes to…… Wolf’s Pride

     
  17. MichelleKCanada

    29/06/2011 at 2:23 pm

    It is horrible that people steal others work. I can’t figure out what goes in someone’s mind when they copy and paste? Maybe they are truely ignorate and dont realize that they arent supposed to do that?? Nah, I dont buy it either. It makes me wonder how many others out there have stolen and not got caught yet.

    Recently there has been a rash of book reviews stolen. Yes can you believe that?!?!? I mean someone cant even write their own opinion?!?!? Really?? A review is 100% opinion and if a person cant even write that, then they should really just give up. oy!

    Sorry you were hit so hard.
    MichelleKCanada
    http://anotherlookbookreviews.blogspot.com

     
  18. Crystal

    30/06/2011 at 8:42 pm

    I stumbled upon your stories in Fictionpress and I fell in love with them. I do not understand how a person can just take someone else’s work and be fine with it… I say my vote goes to…..A Wolf’s Duty.

     
  19. MarthaE

    30/06/2011 at 11:38 pm

    That is rotten, sad and frustrating that you had to experience plagiarism that way.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I voted for Wolf’s Duty on the theory that it looks like the first in a series maybe? I like to start at the beginning.
    Best wishes on happier writing days!
    Happy early Birthday!

     
  20. Gabby

    03/07/2011 at 12:55 am

    It only takes a few to ruin the fun for everyone. I don’t blame you for taking your work offline. Thank you for having this contest despite it all! I hope you have a terrific birthday! :oD

     
  21. Michelle Bledsoe

    03/07/2011 at 9:11 pm

    I don’t like lazy people. You put in all that hard work and someone else wants to take credit? I don’t think so.
    Any way I hope you have a great birthday. Us July birthdays have the best time. Sun, lots of books releasing and contests.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

     
  22. Elaine Cantrell

    06/07/2011 at 3:04 am

    It’s a shame that we even have to worry about such a topic. I hope you have a great birthday.

     
  23. Author Anna Keraleigh

    06/07/2011 at 7:54 am

    Wow, I can’t believe that. Sometimes people just plain suck…and not in a good way. Hopefully that’ll be the end to that. Thank you for the giveaway and a big happy birthday!

     
  24. Jolene A

    07/07/2011 at 5:32 am

    Wow, can’t believe that. On a good note, happy birthday. I think I missed it because the poll is closed, but I hope you had a fantastic day

     
    • jennyt82

      07/07/2011 at 5:45 am

      You’ve missed out on voting but if you’re quick you can still get the book! The discount code for smashwords is to be used for A Wolf’s Pride. The previous one expired but this one will work for about another hour! VB86K

       

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