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Friday News: Google + BN v. Amazon; Plagiarism (Again!); Randy Queen...

The partnership could help Barnes & Noble make inroads into online sales when its brick-and-mortar business remains stagnant. The company has closed 63 stores in the last five years, including some in bustling areas of Manhattan and Washington, leaving it with a base of about 660 retail stores and 700 college campus stores. Its Nook business fell 22 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the period a year earlier, according its most recent earnings report. –New York Times

It has been verified by four separate readers that Sam Taylor Mullens did, indeed, add steamy scenes to The Auction Deal, her revised version of my Christian novel, and claimed it as her own. Her subsequent emails to different people and contradicting statements online while trying to cover her tracks has shown a definite intent to do fraud. This path she has followed is far more outlandish than any novel I’ve ever read. –Rachel Ann Nunes

Queen now seems to realize that the situation is not playing out in his favor, and has issued the following statement via Facebook:

Just wanted to clear up a few things that happened this past week. I have been having a very hard time in my personal life with the loss of my mother and my marriage having fallen apart and found myself in a very vulnerable and fragile state of mind. There were posts on the web criticizing my artwork that were brought to my attention and added to my stress. I reacted without thinking it through, but have now stopped, realizing my response was the wrong one to take. I am doing my best, each day, to get myself back on my feet and getting my life in a better place and realize now that I have just try to move on and get back to my art, the thing I find the most joy in these days. I want to thank those professionals, friends and family who have been giving me their support, understanding and love. –Comics Alliance

The Egg, Or The Memoirs Of Gregory Giddy, Esq: With The Lucubrations Of Messrs. Francis Flimsy, Frederick Florid, And Ben Bombast. To Which Are Added, The Private Opinions Of Patty Pout, Lucy Luscious, And Priscilla Positive. Also The Memoirs Of A Right Honourable Puppy. Conceived By A Celebrated Hen, And Laid Before The Public By A Famous Cock-Feeder. –The Toast

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10 Comments

  1. Lege
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 06:45:32

    Ah…some more info on Escher Girls: this is the blog that critiques work of artists who draw women in completely unnatural (and painful) poses or oversexualized depictions of their attributes… It’s actually really great blog.
    Queen got some backslash because of the way he approached the whole situation- he failed bunch of DMCA take down notices, but he also threatened them with defamation claiming he has something called “right to protect the perception of his IP.” 0_0
    Frankly, I was expecting this response- Escher Girls handled this really well- they hired a lawyer and they didn’t respond to his threatening emails or claims. He kind of kept digging himself further and further.

  2. azteclady
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 07:00:10

  3. azteclady
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 07:01:28

    Oh an another plagiarism kerfuffle of the fanfic / selfpub variety.

  4. jrb
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 08:06:35

    James Patterson wrote this little gem for CNN. Not surprising what he wrote but I was surprised by how poorly here wrote it. Honestly I have never read his books but if he writes like this I’m baffled at his popularity.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/07/opinion/patterson-if-i-were-jeff-bezos/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

  5. Isobel Carr
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 08:54:04

    @jrb: James Patterson is more of a brand at this point than an actual author. He has “co-writers” who actually write the book (following his outline/concept) and then he edits them.

  6. azteclady
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 09:24:17

    (Um… I think my first comment went to moderation.)

    Popehat picked up the Randy Queen story.

  7. azteclady
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 13:10:35

    (the blog is eating some of my comments, presumably due to links)

  8. Isobel Carr
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 13:15:15

    @azteclady: It seems to assume SPAM if you have more than one link.

  9. Maite
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 14:56:35

    Queen’s apology is interesting in that, in the current sea of non-apologies, there’s an actual admission of “I did wrong.”. Still buried within a bunch of non-apology statements (hard time in my life/thanks everyone for their support/getting better now), but at least it’s there.

  10. Greg Strandberg
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 23:26:20

    Plagiarism is a serious offense – it just took down one of our Senators here in Montana this week.

    What’s the punishment for eBook authors – having to take the book down and upload it with different title and cover? Whoa, that’s tough.

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