In an earlier post I talked about closely studying another writer's work and learning by emulating. The dark side of that advice is you must be scrupulous about not copying someone else's work. Particularly for those of you working in historical fiction, or with topics that require a lot of research, you must be vigilant about not incorporating someone else's work into your own. A well turned phrase here, a pithy description there and pretty soon, you've on the hot seat with your publisher trying to explain why you didn't know this wasn't your work.
This was brought to mind today by a news story on Media Bistro. Here's their lead
Brad Vice's short story collection, The Bear Bryant Funeral Train, earned a fairly complimentary review in last Sunday's SF Chronicle. It may well be the last review the book will get, as the University of Georgia Press has announced that it is withdrawing the collection from bookstores.
Here's the link to
the story on Galley Cat
There are computer programs now that search for plagiarism. It's not all that hard to be discovered. "I didn't know" and "I didn't intend" cut no ice with a publisher. His book is toast.
Don't get jammed up in the toaster, Snarklings.