Writers: Stay On Alert

Hello everyone!  I’m taking a brief break from my promoting of my current work, Reflections of Soul; my tidying up of the next work, Eclectic, and my composition of some stories for Continuous Drips to write this following blog.

I got wind of this article yesterday, and it angered me.

The Plagarizing of Tammara Webbers “Easy” by Jordin Williams

Writers work too hard to try and put their works out there, especially those who are self-publishing.  It makes me hotter than fish grease to read about someone plagiarizing.  It would be one thing if it was hearsay, but to see the actual proof is a whole different ballgame.

The person’s defense: (see below)

You guys! The “author” says that the book was ghostwritten and “passed through the test”

“The book was ghostwritten and passed through the test”

I have a problem with this ghostwriter defense.  Let’s take a good look at exactly what a ghostwriter is:

Definition of GHOSTWRITE

intransitive verb

: to write for and in the name of another
transitive verb
: to write (as a speech) for another who is the presumed author
— ghost·writ·er noun

So looking at it from that standpoint, did Tammara Webbers hire Jordin Williams to do any ghostwriting? From what I’m gathering from the article, Tammara did not. What about Jamie McGuire, the person who wrote Beautiful Disaster, another book that Jordin took snippets of dialogue and scenery and incorporated it into Amazingly Broken?  Did Jamie hire Jordin for any ghostwriting?  I don’t think Jamie did.

Exploring further with Williams’ defense:

Jordin Williams is a 26 year old ghostwriter turned author. She lives in Iowa and has always loved to sit down and read a good book. When she started ghostwriting books they would become popular even though she was never given any credit so she decided to write her own book, Amazingly Broken.


So because she was upset at not being given any ghostwriting credit, she decides to write her own book that’s really not her own because she’s using snippets of others’ books and stealing credit?

Plus, on the blog, she states that she’s a female, yet on Goodreads, the profile reads as a male, so we aren’t sure whether Jordin is male or female.  

(I’m just going to use she to prevent confusion)

If she wasn’t getting any credit for her ghostwriting skills, she should have gone after those people.  There are ways of doing that–if she’s any ghostwriter worth her salt.  

You don’t besmirch the writing genre with calling writing that doesn’t belong to you as your own.  It’s people like Jordin who make it hard for legitimate writers to make sales because we have false ones getting the sales.

I don’t believe Jordin’s defense.  If Amazingly Broken was in fact “ghostwritten”, then Jordin can’t put herself down as the author of the book, nor can she promote herself as such.  Her defense is like a three legged table. (I think you get the picture.)

As writers, we have to protect ourselves.  We have to make sure our work is copyrighted.  Unfortunately, we cannot trust people to do the right thing.  We have to do our research as well.  Luckily, a very astute reader saw the very close comparisons between Amazingly Broken and Easy (as well as Beautiful Disaster) and let someone know.  However we cannot always depend on our readers to catch it.

U.S. Copyright Office

How to Report Online Plagarism

Preventing Plagiarism and Copyright and Trademark Infringement

Self-Publishing Plagiarism

It is also disturbing that a place with the prestige of Amazon does not have an effective screening process to detect and prevent the sale of plagiarized works.  If the process was effective, there wouldn’t be a whole lot of plagiarist seeping through the cracks.  Perhaps an investment in iThenticate is ideal.

And if anyone gets some bright ideas about stealing my work….
First, the look….then….

Enough said!

Peace.

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Poet, short story writer, and aspiring novelist. This blog details my writing journey and everything in between: supporting other writers, doing a feature column and serving as editor-in-chief for All Authors Magazine Online.

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One comment on “Writers: Stay On Alert
  1. Reggie says:

    That picture of Aunt Esther is perfect for this post.

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