Kat, “the business butler,” says…
Once again, Raythe Reign has been plagiarized. This has happened before in past years, but this time… it’s different. While the other instances have been fanfiction, there is no gray area today. This time, our work was copy-pasta’d for money.
Update #5: I received an email from Siren Publishing with a rather absurd idea that they can keep the money they made off the admittedly plagiarized work and that somehow the author will pay the publisher’s share, too. Yeah … not.
Ms. Hagen told them she was “going to take care of it.” Until I learn more I don’t want to give Ms. Hagen a forum and may well be writing about publishers who close their eyes and believe they can profit from plagiarism.
Update #4: Lynn Hagen (penname) called Raythe on the phone to speak with her. Ms. Hagen admitted that she plagiarized from Sanctuary, apologized and offered some reasons.
Raythe asked if she would like to respond to some questions in public, i.e., on a RR blogpost in the near future. She said she would.
If you have any questions for Ms. Hagen put them in the comments.
Update #3: Now taken down from Kobo and B&N!
Update #2: Now taken down from Amazon!
Update: Readers are standing up for honesty!
Why is this time different?
Though we never feel flattered by plagiarism, it could be argued that the fanfiction copy-and-pasting was misguided admiration. But there is no excuse for copying whole chapters of someone else’s work and selling it as your own.
NONE. It is theft, pure and simple. She is making money from Raythe’s own words.
It’s pure laziness and greed to reap the rewards of another author’s work. I get that writing erotic scenes is hard — after all, I have the full backstage view of Raythe’s work. I can tell you that she agonizes over every tiny moment, wondering if it’s sexy enough, if it’s emotional enough. As a writer should! She puts in the time to deliver original content to Members — this is what they pay for.
But this individual copied someone else’s essay and got the A.
Unlike school, however, there are no official consequences for this cheater. In fact, most people probably aren’t aware that the sex scene — the very PAY OFF of an M/M story for many readers — is blatantly copied. Before the “Raythe Reign Army” mobilized, she had mostly 4 and 5 stars.
Readers, you’re being duped and insulted. Clearly, this person thinks her readers are idiots.
I’m a book buyer, too. So is Raythe. We PAY for books and trust that we’re getting a freshly-told story so we can relive our favorite fantasies with a virgin experience. Like many readers, we DEVOUR books within a certain genre. From, you know, multiple authors.
Clearly, this person thinks that her readers are stupid… or that they only read her works. That readers would be so desperate for her story that they wouldn’t read anyone else, and they WOULDN’T NOTICE the striking similarities between Raythe Reign’s Sanctuary and her own work.
Well, Raythe Reign Members aren’t stupid. It’s due to them that we’ve caught all our plagiarists. Hats off to you for taking action and standing up for yourself as a paying customer.
This plagiarist was a Member, herself.
To add insult to injury, this writer was a Member, herself (until Raythe banned her.) An active, paying member. If you’re a Member, this should enrage you, because it means that she is cheapening everything that honest Members are paying for.
This cannot be allowed. As in school, there must be consequences. Obviously, Raythe is pursuing a legal angle (and to the plagiarist… well, get ready. Raythe’s a laywer, and you’ve committed a crime.)
But YOU, readers and Members, must also demand satisfaction. Because the injury is ultimately to YOU. As the most important members of the M/M community (paying customers!), you have been cheated in multiple ways.
This person has…
- Deceived her paying customers
- Insulted her paying customers by thinking they wouldn’t notice or care! It’s almost saying, “as long as they get sex they don’t care who writes it or if it’s in character.”
- Stolen content from at least Raythe Reign readers… now her entire catalog is suspect. Has she copied from other M/M authors? Fanfiction? She has such a large catalog, and I find it hard to believe that she’s just getting started now.
And the most irritating to me as the Raythe Reign marketer? This author has brought down the dignity and respectability of our community.
M/M readers are denigrated enough. It’s an uphill battle to get people to buy it because of the inherent shame of wanting gay content.
We do not need this, too. We do not need to be known as “that crappy genre where authors just rip each other’s sex scenes off.” As the Raythe Reign cheerleader, I have fought long and hard to cement our image as a “real publisher” — harder than most have to fight, just because we produce gay content. I’ve done this because the more we look legit, the less reason Amazon has to discriminate against us and any other M/M publisher.
We’re obviously doing what we can as the publisher, but you have much more power than us. How? With your reviews. Reader reviews are still the most powerful influence on book sales.
You may not want to be “public” with your Amazon review because your friends and family might see that you read M/M. I have the same issue, but let me ask you this: is this acceptable? Is this right?
If you, the reader, doesn’t police the community with your reviews… who will?
Readers look at reviews to help them make up their minds. Wouldn’t you want to be told if an author is a plagiarist? Wouldn’t you be mad at being duped?
I cast aside my own fear to stand up for my rights to pay for original content, and I’m asking you to do the same. Protect your fellow readers, and let the lazy, greedy plagiarists of the world know that this is not acceptable.