Hi, all! Can you believe tomorrow is the 4th of July already? Where is the summer going? My boys finished up school late this year, having only begun their summer vacation a little over two weeks ago. But it seems once Independence Day passes, summer fun flashes by in the blink of an eye.
Happy Independence Day!
Today I am posting a link to Ruth Ann Nordin's post, We Are All Vulnerable To Plagiarism. Her article on this recently-on-the-front-topic captured my interest, prompting me to ask her permission to share. She generously agreed. Her explanation of copyright and how to 'protect' your work before (although I am to understand James' work is protected) you ever find yourself in James' position is something worth looking into. It is a shame authors must take such precautions, but having a legal standing should such a thing happen to your work.. enough said. This is a topic I admit to having little knowledge of, and I wonder if many Indie-authors are as naive as myself, never imagining someone would have the audacity to carry out such a deception. I suppose that is my biggest flaw - I don't consider or expect the worst out of people; therefore, when I encounter it I am wholly surprised. Unfortunately, as authors we live in a world where we must face the fact that there are those who will (and have!) attempt to publish another's work.
I followed Lorelei James' ordeal, reading and sharing the outrage of many fellow authors - and readers as well! How awful. To pour one's self into a story...and then to see it posted - with another individual claiming credit - well, this author would see RED. That anyone would steal another's hard work is disturbing. I am sorry for her troubles and wish all the best for Lorelei James.