Kicking your career as a writer to the curb: Plagiarism.

The RWA Ethics Committee reviewed the complaint of plagiarism brought by Becky McGraw against Laura Harner. After examining and assessing all corresponding documents, Laura Harner received lifetime expulsion from membership in Romance Writers of America due to plagiarism, which includes a permanent ban from participating in or attending any RWA-sponsored events or activities including conferences, workshops, classes, and any chapter activities. Ms. Harner was notified on November 16, 2015.

RWA eNotes, November 18, 2015, Volume 15, Issue 46

Now one wonders if they will do anything about publishers who find out their author is plagiarizing and suggests that the publisher keep the money they earned.

For more information and links, see Trout Nation.

First: DO NOT sign a contract for more than 2 or 3 books at a time.  Any publisher who pushes for 75 or 88 book contracts isn’t a publisher, they are a greedy SOB who won’t do much for your book and will take the money and run when they get the chance.  But some of you will have to find out the hard way.

Second:  Know your limits.  You aren’t going to earn a living out of this like Stephen King, John Grisham or James Patterson.

Third:  Don’t plagiarize.  It’s worse than Pirating.   Much worse.  Your full intent is to steal money not to read a book.  While there are pirates who steal and sell, 99.99% of the pirates out there don’t even consider them pirates, they consider them bottom feeding scum.  Right up there with plagiarizers.  Is that how you want your career and books  remembered?  “that stupid bitch who stole so and so’s book because she/he didn’t have enough brains to write something that one time.”

Like the old well worn saying goes:  Just Say No.