Apr 23 2012
No deals today. Hasn’t your wallet suffered enough damage from the Johanna Lindsey backlist bonanza? No, okay. Samhain is offering 30% off. You can pick up Love is a Battlefield by Tamara Morgan or Once Upon a Dream by Jennifer Archer.
The first story is a sad one.
Update x 2: Kristi, the Story Siren, has emailed me with the following statement:
I am very sorry for the trouble that all of this has caused the book blogging community. I also apologize for my actions and will work harder to be a better and stronger blogger. I have answered on my on blog as well and am sorry that I was unavailable due to work during the day and seemed unresponsive.
I asked her about her blog post and she said she did not mean it to sound like a non apology at all.
Updated: The Story Siren has a blog post up which she titles an “explanation and an apology” wherein she starts out with “Please don’t take my silence on this issue until now as an admission to anything.” and ends with “My biggest worry was the authors and publishers that I host.” In between are some words like “I was accused of doing something that I am vehemently against, and intentionally or not, I know that there will be consequences.” and “After the accusations were brought to my attention I was appalled. I would never do something like that. That is NOT me. I thought that I did everything that I could do, to make the situation right.”
A group of four bloggers noticed in January of 2012 that six posts of their work had been lifted and reused, without attribution, on a large YA blogger’s site. The first blogged about it here. While the bloggers do not come out and state the name of the blogger, there are enough clues such as it is a YA book blogger, one who wrote about plagiarism on her own site, whose site template looks like this with to connect the alleged plagiarist with The Story Siren.
What is troublesome is that the plagiarist first denied that any plagiarism occurred because she had not ever visited the original content creators sites.
“In all honestly, I have never been to your blog or any of the blogs mentioned in this email until tonight when I cross referenced the posts that you had listed. I rarely if ever read blogs beyond the book blog community. But I could not agree more with your assessments of the posts. And I am sorry to say that I have no viable explanation. I even searched my web history to see if perhaps I had read the posts and had recalled them as I was writing my own.”
The original content creators identified her IP address which showed that she had been on their sites as recently as January. The plagiarist then offered an apology claiming that it was done unknowingly and requested that the matter be kept a secret.
As I mentioned in my email earlier I would never do something to jeopardize what has taken me years to build. I understand that this was a very frustrating situation for you, but I don’t know how taking that away from me is going to improve the situation. What I did was wrong, knowingly or not and I apologize for that. I’ve tried to be as obliging as possible and in turn, I’m hoping that you will allow this to stay private.
The plagiarist did delete the posts and rename the tips on book blogging page. These bloggers are outside of the book blogging community which probably explains why the matter stayed off the book community radar. However, someone anonymously commented here and Katiebabs noticed it.
Kristi of the Story Siren has not commented on this issue.
Here’s what I would do if I had plagiarized and someone noticed it. I would immediately apologize to the victim. I would ask if they wanted me to keep up the post with a link or delete it entirely. I would then post a public apology stating I had done wrong; how I think it happened; and what I will do to prevent it from occurring again.
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“It’s fun because it’s easier to read to dogs than humans. They don’t interrupt, unless they bark because they have to go to the bathroom,” said eight-year-old Marissa.
She and her brother said coming to the library to read to the dogs is a special treat, since they don’t have one at home.”