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I’ve had people ask me to refer people to Addison Cain’s GoFundMe over a lawsuit where she is being sued for DMCA abuse, saying it was similar to #CopyPasteCris.

I held off saying anything because federal lawsuits have public documents, and allegations may or may not be true.
I still don’t know the truth, but I want to say that I have some extremely serious doubts that Addison Cain properly filed DMCA requests in this case.
The complaint is here, and—unless this complaint is lying about this, which would bother me—the DMCA takedown Cain used is on page 44 of the PDF.…
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I’m going to tweet a thread abt publishing. If you haven’t been following my timeline religiously the past week, and why would you, I’ll start by saying that we’ve had an illness and subsequent death in the family. It wasn’t exactly unexpected, but these things are always sad.
And as is the case with these things, it’s left me with a fair amount of downtime but little focus to do anything useful with it.
As I said the other day, I’ve got my sugar, tea, and serving spoons occupied and the one spoon left rattling in the drawer is the grapefruit spoon - stabby and made for tearing bitter things into digestible pieces. WOW, is twitter ever made for the grapefruit spoon.
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Imo, another casualty of authors using ghostwriters instead of writing their own books is reader expectation of how long it takes to write a book. Just had a reader tell me that publishing "several books a month" is totally doable if an author writes full-time. #Copypastecris
Again, this wasn't "several books a month" as a pre-planned publicity push, for a total of 4 or 5 books a year. This was the expected pace every month of the entire year.
To clarify, the reader wasn't being rude. She was genuinely confused why people accused those authors of using ghostwriters b/c "if it's your full-time career, you can do it."
More collateral damage of authors pretending to be prolific by using ghostwriters & not disclosing it.
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After #copypastecris, a lot of people are talking about what systems @AmazonKDP should have in place to clean up the Kindle Store.

I've been tracking this issue for years and I'm going to tell you a story which will explain why such talk is hasty. Because Amazon. Doesn't. Care.
I was the victim of piracy in 2012 - and I mean full-on piracy, where someone had ripped my entire book and published it on Amazon under their own publisher name. Using my name and cover, but under their own account so the royalties would go to them.
It was word-for-word the same book I had published myself on @AmazonKDP - so there was obviously zero plagiarism detection or anything like that. But that wasn't the biggest concern at all. This was far bigger than one author and one book, and Amazon's response was disturbing.
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Two separate people have told me things today. This is not definitive proof, but it is suggestive.

Thing number one is this comment here:…
The commenter claims to be a ghostwriter that #CopyPasteKris used, and says that she was given a handful of scenes to help flesh into a book. She claims those scenes were likely plagiarized.
The interesting thing is that I had another ghostwriter contact me privately about #CopyPasteCris (spelling hashtag correctly this time), in which that person detailed that exact same MO—giving her a bunch of scenes to make into a book—this morning.
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In light of today's revelations/reminders about plagiarism, cheapjack ghostwriters pumping out substandard novels, KU click farms, genderswapping ripoffs, and all the other scammy, lazy $$-grubbing stuff, real writers may well right now be thinking "Why do I bother?"
I don't know why we bother. Let's go to the pub.

No, wait, that wasn't what I meant to say.
We bother because good books matter. And they matter all the more in a rising tide of substandard processed pink slime. People will see it, they will know your name, and they will appreciate that you cared. That you worked. That you did your best.
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Ok, I bought this #CopyPasteCris book, and perhaps her greatest crime is her own writing. This woman shouldn’t even be able to speak Courtney Milan’s name.
There are so many lines in this book that aren’t #CopyPasteCris’s — I don’t know who they belong to, but her bad writing makes the bits that aren’t hers all the more clear.
Hey @courtneymilan — shes plagiarizing @kresleycole’s If You Deceive here:
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