Plagiarism – An author’s nightmare. I thought I’d just write a short note about it since it seems to be a topic which comes up a lot in various conversations and publications I follow.
Many authors are always worried about the vulnerability of the public exposure of their work to the trolling pirates out in cyber world. Of course this is a concern for many, although there are others who feel it is a form of flattery and that if someone pirates your material it furthers exposure unto you; a free advertising, so to speak.
Authors are thus, put in a ‘Catch 22’ where we want our work publicized and on the same token, we worry about the thievery of our creations. I think that there doesn’t seem to be much of a choice on the matter. If we wish to share our creations with the world, we have to look at it as just another one of the many risky features of doing business. Although it does concern me, okay, a lot, I am not going to let it stop me from sharing my creations with the world.
We can only do our best to keep our eyes and ears open and a helpful tool for us is to put our own author names in Google Alerts and plug in our book titles and then at least we can rely on Google to do a little bit of babysitting for us to enable us to get a heads up on such situations. I hope this gives us all a little peace of mind.