Thursday, October 26, 2006
The state of publishing
Been thinking about the recent bouts of highly touted plagiarism and falsifying of literature. Is there a sudden increase in authors being dishonest or are they now being caught more often? We’ve had the James Frey incident (look out for Oprah’s wrath!) and then the Harvard student’s “accidental” plagiarism. People who dupe publishers and get caught are ruining it for the rest of us. If I went to a publishing company tomorrow and offered my memoir, would they believe it was true? Doubtful. Maybe a few years ago publishers would have accepted my word that the memoir was true but now all authors are under a cloud of suspicion. Let’s keep the playing field fair for all and stop poisoning agents and publishers against authors who have an honest tale to tell.