From Suspense Movies.com
The Career of John Sturges by Steve Badger
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I remember the days of working in publishing before Twitter was a thing. I can remember them, but I do not long for them like I do so many other things from my past. In addition to all of the cool readers, authors, other publishers, librarians, and assorted others I have a chance to interact with on a daily basis, I also get to see scandals break in real time.
The fascinating drama from this week involves alleged plagiarist “Elizabeth Nelson” who allegedly stole parts of her bio from real people, has eerily similar book descriptions to books already published by other authors, and, in the most awesome kicker, “her” “author” photo is...not even joking...also used in an ad for Revlon hair extensions.
I first saw the story on Twitter from Andrew Shaffer (@andrewtshaffer) who also Tweets under the name @evilwylie. The story was picked up by Business Insider where you can see the awesome hair extension/author pic.
Shaffer and others were able to compile a significant list of coincidences between the efforts of “Elizabeth” and those who came before her. So much so that it’s impossible not to believe that shenanigans are afoot.
Oh, and then there were other pseudonyms for “Elizabeth,” other stolen books in other genres and it appears as though there is one giant neon arrow pointing back at one person who hired people to ghostwrite novels for his/her business, and was unaware (or uncaring) that the books were plagiarized.
The way that story is unfolding (my source being the @evilwylie timeline) is fascinating for a couple of reasons.
(1) Who the hell does that?
(2) How the hell does it end up for sale on legitimate vendor websites? Are these stolen books the equivalent of bootleg Coach bags being sold to tourists from the Midwest on the family trip to Manhattan?
(3) Why do variations of this keep happening but the newsworthiness of it diminishes? We must continue to shine light onto the cockroaches of the literary world, lest they continue to muddy the market further. This isn’t about self-pub vs. traditional or any of those buzzwords. This is about people who are generally decent vs. shitty scam artists. I’m not one for the fainting couch and hyperbole, but seriously, you can’t let people keep doing this. It hurts us all.
I'm grateful to Mr. Shaffer for his breaking of the story and his continued updates, but why is it falling to him to do this? What sort of measures could be put in place by vendors so we never see this? Is it a case where robots are inferior to their human overlords?
It reminds me of a speech I once gave. I don’t have time to go through the whole thing right here, but let me give you the gist of it.
Four score and seven years ago, our forefathers...
Ben LeRoy talks about publishing and other stuff on his website.
- The deep and intense relationship with alcohol.
- The deep and intense relationship with music.
- The uptight female character as potential sex toy.
Mike Ripley's latest "Getting Away With Murder" column for the Shots Crime & Thriller Ezine has now been posted on the Shots website.
As usual, it's an eclectic mix of notes from Mike, who appears (among many other photos) in his special elf's hat for Christmas. Parental guidance suggested. He also announces several Shots of the Year Awards in several categories, including a Reissue Shot award to a 1963 mystery called Blue Octavo, by John Blackburn, an author I must admit I don't know. Looks like I may have to rectify my omission in the near future - it sounds intriguing. At any rate, go enjoy Ripley's comments, serious and humorous.
Brandon over at Every Read Thing had this to say about THE BURGLAR WHO COUNTED THE SPOONS:
When it comes down to it, this is light storytelling at its finest. While the history of the silver spoon was tightly researched and the reasoning behind its procurement had been interesting, the free-flowing conversations between Bernie, Carolyn and Ray were the highlight, leading to the pages breezing by. I will be seeking out the earlier Bernie novels for sure – I suggest you do the same.
Local literary superstar Lauren Beukes is today’s #portraitoftheday from Photobooth, a collection of photos by Gareth Smit taken at the 2013 Franschhoek Literary Festival.
Beukes has written three novels and one graphic novel; her most recent book, The Shining Girls, was published earlier this year. She won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Moxyland, which was published in 2010.
There are only ten prints available (per portrait) for R1750 each. Find out how to get yours (or a portrait featuring one of the 31 other authors) at aerodrome.co.za/buy.