Guys. I have to say that I never knew so many of you looked to me to bring you opinions on stuff in the YA community. I’ve always shared my opinions open and freely and I’ve never held back anything. Your emails, tweets, DMs, Tumblr Asks, and Formspring questions have made me realize that you think of me as some kind of community leader. I would like to state upfront that I am not a thought leader, I do not think my opinions are the law but I do appreciate you caring about them and I think healthy discussion is good. If you disagree with me anytime please feel free to tell me. You will never be turned away, censored or mocked.
Plagiarism is wrong. Plain and simple. As I work in publishing my sympathy and support will always be with that of the content copyright holder. Always. I’ve never been plagiarized so I don’t know the righteous indignity that goes along with that. I imagine that I wouldn’t be too soft on the person who stole my work.
I have this website and the .org website that has contributors. My pledge to you is that I will always be vigilant about what is being posted on these sites and if anything is ever shady I will deal with the problem immediately.
I don’t like what has happened. I don’t like the extra stigmata being brought on the YA community. Hell, I even considered closing my own blog because I just can’t take the negativity. I have built my brand for four years and I refuse to take the cowardly way out, my blogs will go on and on just like a Celine Dion song. In fact I will task my children to continuing them after I die if they want my money.
I am sorely disappointed in the people who are leaving rash and vile comments on the blogs involved. I am aghast that people are sending them hateful emails and harassing them. If you have done either of these things know that you have lost my respect.
For someone who has made no talk about or was involved directly with this issue I have been accused of a lot of things. Please know that I do not condone or support any of the behavior listed below or any of the comments in support of this behavior (even those that my friends and family have made with or without my knowledge).
I hope that we can all discuss plagiarism and ways to effectively not do so, even accidentally and learn from this travesty. If any of you want to speak privately my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the issue.
I apologize if my silence has made you think less of me, or if it has made you think I am sympathetic to a cause. That is simply not the truth.