The aftermath of yesterday’s plagiarism incident

Here’s what happened yesterday.

The biggest update is that the book in question has been TAKEN DOWN from Amazon, Kobo, and B&N.  Though we did our “due diligence” and emailed the publisher and distributors, we know we did not do this alone.  Because WE can scream into the void all we want — Amazon, B&N, and Kobo know where they actually get their money.

From book-buyers.  Readers.  YOU.  We’re under no illusions that hard proof does anything on its own, no matter how unjust that is.  But readers stood up for honesty and integrity and let Amazon know in no uncertain terms that this was not acceptable.  Readers’ voices were the loud force pushing for action.

In our small corner of the entertainment world, it’s nice to know that “the people” still have power.

And you continue to have power!  Fiction readers aren’t so easily fooled by pretty ads (though we run many of them) — it’s the REVIEWS from fellow readers that count.  There’s no one book buyers trust more than the voices of other readers, which is as it should be.

I ask you to continue the “good fight” by leaving reviews for your favorite authors.  I have started doing the same!  If a book has really touched or entertained you and you think it’s worth buying, leave just a short review.  After all, the more sales authors get, the more quality fiction you will get.

– RR Team

PS – What do you think of having an official “review something” day?  Once a month / quarter, we can get readers to review something, either inside or outside our genre?  Would you go for that?  Post a comment below with your thoughts.

15 Responses to The aftermath of yesterday’s plagiarism incident

  1. Zenyatta June 16, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

    I’m glad this was resolved. I only learned about this 2 minutes ago when I received the email explaining the resolution. Its sad that people don’t want to work hard to achieve goals and would rather steal someone else’s effort. This victory is ours as people who enjoy m/m fiction! I think review something day is a great idea. I hardly leave reviews because I don’t know what to say and/or I’m worries my honest opinion may be taken the wrong way.

  2. Akiraki June 16, 2015 at 2:04 pm #

    I think a “review something” day would be beneficial for us all so that things like this will not happen as often. And so the members on RR will be able to post comments that don’t have to deals solely with one or two book in reference.
    And sadly I am still thinking about what happened with Sanctuary, and think to myself that if she was having so much trouble she could have hired a ghost writer for little to nothing to create such scenes.

    Well I think I’ll wish you all a good day and get back to work.

  3. Cia Nordwell June 16, 2015 at 3:37 pm #

    I admin a free fiction website, and we have a moderation queue for ALL new authors. I personally check every single story submitted by the newest authors until they reach a certain level of presence on the site because we abhor plagiarism and I also follow through and assist authors from our site who’ve been plagiarized elsewhere.

    There is absolutely no reason why a publisher shouldn’t be doing these very same checks on the stories they are publishing–contract clauses regarding copyright notwithstanding. There is a certain expectation of protection for author rights that all those involved in promoting the MM author/reader community should uphold, and it’s a crying shame when that doesn’t happen.

    We’ve had a few slip through onto our site over the years–mostly by waiting until they’re out of my queue and watchful eye–but the power of the reader is a wonderful thing. Most of the time, readers find the evidence needed to stop these thieves from benefiting, either monetarily or by receiving accolades they don’t deserve. And I’ve had so many help expose the author for the scum they are, leading to the stories being taken down far sooner than just my DMCA complaint would make other sites act.

    I am so glad that this fraud was uncovered, and I hope that Lynn Hagen is punished to the full extent possible!

  4. VRaion June 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm #

    A “review something” day will be a great opportunity to share our opinions about anything, and support old/new authors as well. Great idea! 🙂

  5. Dawn June 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm #

    I think that would be a great idea

  6. GhostRage June 16, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    I think it’d be a good idea.

  7. Vidya June 16, 2015 at 11:58 pm #

    Wait, are we all coordinating to review the same thing? Is RaytheReign getting a book club?! Please say yes. It would be a great addition, I think!

  8. Fiona hayes June 17, 2015 at 12:40 am #

    I am so glad they pulled her book. And I want to let you know I think it is a great Idea and I great auther to read who does both sexes is laural hamilton very good writer. Well I will still ban her books and so will my gaming buddies. Love us guys .

  9. Casandra June 17, 2015 at 5:33 am #

    Um, I don’t really understand the question. Are you suggesting a book club, or a communal time where we are all sure leave a review, for any work?

    I don’t think I’m much good at reviewing well, but I do try. I’m interested, I suppose so. Um, I’m not really sure.

    • Casandra June 17, 2015 at 5:36 am #

      – It cut off part of my message when I tried to leave an emoticon. –

      I don’t know if I could, and I don’t think I’m very good at reviewing, but I will try if you set it up.

      • Vidya June 17, 2015 at 6:54 am #

        I think you’d make a great reviewer! I certainly like reading your comments on the site 🙂

        • Casandra June 20, 2015 at 7:20 am #

          Thank you so much, Vidya!

  10. Avalido June 17, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    I was really shocked when I first heard about this. As a writer myself, I can imagine how Reythe and the entire team must have felt. And to add further injury, it was a member who committed the crime! Luckily, there is a fantastic network here who helped put a stop to this so-called ‘author’. Thanks to everybody!

  11. EmeraldSerpent June 17, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    I am digusted with what that aithor did so I came out to the light…I sent her a message on Facebook and I shared her page on my timeline saying that her work was plagiarized. I guess the cat it out of the bag now….at least it was for a good cause. Thank you Raythe. -Luisa Monique Ruiz

  12. Prentice June 19, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    It’s always incredibly disappointing to see plagiarism but it’s particularly disheartening and brutal for fans and writers alike to see it from a “fellow author”. More so, even, from one who’s already so well established and has a built in fan base that would be willing to wait a little longer if it meant another novel. Personally, it’s baffling to me that she ever thought she could get away with this – as a well-established author, one who should be raging against plagiarists herself – she should know and understand the inevitable consequences of such a disgraceful action.

    I love the idea of a review day. I already try to write reviews on Goodreads when and where I can but sometimes certain books slip through the cracks and I forget or have already moved on to the next one. Plus, it’s always fun to see if people have similar opinions about certain stories.

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