Wednesday, November 10, 2010

RE: Pulled Post

As you may know I pulled today's Writer's Wednesday post from my blog to further investigate some serious accusations made against my guest. This is all new to me and I want to be fair to all involved. I want this series to be inspirational, not controversial. First, I'll let you know that my guest is being accused of plagiarism, among other things. I'm sure we all agree, this is a serious allegation.

After following some of the links I was given by a handful of pretty heated people I've decided not to repost it. This does not mean I believe that my guest is guilty. Only the people who claim to have been plagiarized and the courts can determine that. This only means that after doing some research I had too many questions of my own to repost with a good conscience. But to be honest, I'm not sure if this is a case of a writer reinventing himself and trying new ventures when one fails or if it's an attempt to avoid being caught stealing other writer's work. There are a few people that have made it their crusade to make sure everyone knows about this. From what I can tell, none of these people are directly involved. They are going to a lot of trouble nonetheless. I have no way of knowing if they are concerned citizens wanting to protect the rights of other writers or not. I can't find time to read my favorite blogs, never mind scour the Internet in search of blogs that mention another person. But that's me.

You'll notice I didn't use my guest's name. I do not support any form of plagiarism, but nor do I promote condemning someone of it without proof. If you decide to dig deeper I can not stop you. The Internet is permanent, and there are always ways of finding any information. I only hope that you get all of the information you can before taking action, should you feel moved to.


Kristin : )


  1. I sent you a private email on this that will make a little clear what's going on, and contains easy, straightforward proof. If you need more I'll be glad to make it available.

  2. I agree!!!! We have to get all the information in order to make an accurate judgement!!!

  3. Hi Kristin. your 'guest' is guilty. He stole my work, put it on amazon as his own then, when I informed Amazon and they investigated, it was pulled. not by him, by Amazon. I believe that is proof enough. That the guy still put the book on amazon with my name on the cover shows just what an idiot he is.
    Your blog looks really cool.
    Keep it up.

  4. How upsetting and fascinating at the same time!

    I think you've done the right thing, Kristin. :)

  5. Yes, I received your email as well as several others containing links. I'm very sorry that your work has been plagiarized. I hope that this can all be cleared up and your work is rightly credited to you. It's tough enough getting work published. I wish you the best of luck and success in your writing.

  6. Very sorry to you also Stuart. Plagiarism is just wrong. This is a good reminder that we have to be cautious about the motives of others and take the proper steps to protect ourselves. Hope it all is resolved now.

    Thanks misterreereeder and Janna for your thoughts and comments. They are always appreciated :)

  7. I have to say, this is probably the most interesting on-blog situation I've seen in a long time. I think you handled it well Kristin, very professional. Who's up for next week's Writer Wednesday? Haha. I'll be watching!

  8. Thanks. It was a first for me, and hopefully the last. My next guest is a humor columnist. After all the drama I'm looking forward to a good laugh. :)