It saddens me that I need to write this. But given some revelations over the last few days, I wanted to make my stance clear.
You may recall I recently took part in a cover reveal for a crime fiction novel to be released soon. The story sounded incredible, and I thought it would be a fantastic read. I was sent the ARC last weekend, but as I’m currently catching up for two more pressing book tour dates, I put it on the back burner for a while.
On Sunday, author Ingrid Black made a revelation – the book in question was actually a heavily plagiarised piece of work. Ingrid has herself been the victim of plagiarism before, and spoke about it in the Irish Independent and in her novel The Real Book Thief. The book is free on Amazon, and definitely worth a look.
When word came out that this author wasn’t what she seemed, I immediately cut ties with the book. My cover reveal has been deleted, and I’ve informed the wonderful Jenny that I’ll no longer be taking part in the book tour when my turn comes in September. I’m not the only one to do this, and I can tell you that it’s more hassle than she needs.
I absolutely cannot condone plagiarism, whether it’s taking a couple of lines from someone else’s post and claiming them as your own, or publishing an entire book written by someone else and throwing your name on the cover. Hell, I was even protective of my work in school – I like to be proud of the effort and attention that’s gone into my own work, and perhaps it’s selfish but I like to be the one to reap the spoils.
If you read the cover reveal and sounded enticed by my description, I cannot apologise enough for misleading you. Had I known the true extent of this book, I can promise I would not have even considered revealing the cover. Taking my readers for a fool is the last thing I want to do, and I can only hope you’ll accept my apology and that I can win back your trust in the future.
I guess Whyte Lies always come back to hurt you in the end.