From the “You’ve Got to be Fucking Kidding Me” department comes this story via GalleyCat: spiritual author Neale Donald Walsch admitted to plagiarizing a story by another writer, Candy Chand. In the NY Times article, Walsch is quoted as saying In a telephone interview, Mr. Walsch, 65, who said he… read more »
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Thanks to the many, many readers, the first of whom was AnnaPiper, who sent me this link to late breaking news: Cassie Edwards and Signet publishing have parted ways due to “irreconcilable editorial differences:” Romance writer Cassie Edwards and publisher Signet Books have decided to break up after allegations emerged… read more »
Our candidate for cover snark this week—a Leisure novel released in late January—has left us both speechless. read more »
In this month’s Defenders of Wildlife newsletter, there’s an article that links to the original Tolme piece from the magazine, but even better: Nora Roberts, Candy, myself, and you guys - the readers of this here blog - were named this month’s “Wildlife Heroes.” Yay! Way to go! read more »
Got this in the inbox this morning, and it brought the biggest smile to my face: Dear Nora Roberts and the ladies and gents of Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books, We at Defenders of Wildlife are thrilled with the outpouring of support that weâ€™ve received concerning the lifting of… read more »
It seems, as many readers said to me, that NPR cannot get enough of Ferrets and all things Cassie Edwards. The plagiarism scandal was discussed on NPR’s Justice Talking, although when specifically I am not sure, as I haven’t been able to load the mp3. I imagine it’s not directly… read more »
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement, the issue of fair use, and what authors should and shouldn’t do when it comes to citing research in their works of fiction. A lot of bad information is being passed around, and a lot… read more »
Shadow Bear and Defenders of Wildlife constituted one of the questions on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. The story is part of the Bluff the Listener segment, which features “three stories of plagiarism in the news.” read more »
I was working on a list of questions submitted by Bitchery readers for an interview with freelance writer Paul Tolme, but unfortunately, Mr. Tolme is on deadline, and has found that he does not have the time for an interview with us as originally thought. Major bummer! He has, however,… read more »
I received this letter in my inbox a few moments ago from Travis Livieri, who worked with Paul Tolme on the original story about black footed ferrets, and who is currently the Executive Director of Prairie Wildlife Research: itâ€™s really encouraging to see so many people become interested in black-footed… read more »
Jane has posted a most excellent profile series of the authors of the source material we found. I’m partial to the profile of Longfellow, and the final stanza of Song of Hiawatha: But my guests I leave behind me Listen to their words of wisdom, Listen to the truth they… read more »
Paul Tolme, who wrote the original article on ferrets for Defenders Magazine, responds with an article about his work and his reaction to seeing his writing elsewhere in Newsweek magazine: [T]hat is some bad dialogue. It stands out as clunky and awkward even by the standards of romance novels. That’s… read more »