Plagiarism Isn’t Cool

7:20pm EST UPDATE: SOME of the blog posts in question have been deleted, the blog still exists & no apology has been given.

9:14pm EST UPDATE: Half hearted apology posted on her blog. I am assuming since I am rude I will not be getting an apology. Also, she wasn’t away for 48 hours, I have screen shost of her Goodreads that says otherwise. Explain to me how she was “notified” of plagiarism. YOU DID IT HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW?!

I got a DM on Twitter this morning from a blogger friend of mine. Apparently she saw that one of my reviews had been partially used in another bloggers review. Not cool people.

I left comments on the post in question & was met with “Held until blog owner approves it”. I called her out on Twitter & again, ignored. But then I was met with a few different bloggers saying she’d done the same thing to them. Now here in lies my big issue. This blogger is “well known” she moderates TWO author message boards, BIG authors at that. She knows she’s done wrong, because the blogger who DM’d me had given her two days to take all the posts down & she was ignored as well. Nevermind her bullshit Tweet after an AUTHOR called her out. If it was just me, I would have kept it between us but since she can’t be bothered, neither can I.

I have other examples of her pieced together reviews thanks to another reviewer:

Original reviews: Hybrid  and goodreads review
Original reviews: Stole from two reviews on same page.
Original review: A Dead Man’s debt.
Original review: A Vampire’s Tale

It’s totally not cool to steal from people who take their time writing reviews, who aren’t lazy & enjoy what they do. You picked the wrong blogger to steal a sentence or two from. I’ve already contacted the people who need to know since you couldn’t be bothered to respond to anyone. Thanks for playing. Game Over.

  • The Book Vixen May 31, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I don’t know if she’s emailed you or not but it looks like she has removed some of the reviews from her site.

  • Rain maiden May 31, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I went to link and it looks like the review was taken down. Sorry to hear about this Pixie.

  • Aimee May 31, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Glad they were taken down. I hope you guys are successful in letting publishers and galley sites know about this.

  • Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy] May 31, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    The main blog is still up

  • Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations) May 31, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    And now her tweets are private/protected.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie May 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      And she’s posted a nice sarcastic post on her site.

  • Paula Motter May 31, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    I have to start by saying I don’t blog, but I find this appalling. I love love to read, prolly as much as the book bloggers out there, but blogging is hard work(to hard for me and for someone to demean there hard work, is awful. Taking credit for someone else’s work as my hubby would say is just wrong on so many levels. So very glad to see the good ones sticking together and putting a stop to the no so good ones.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie May 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you, we are pretty good at coming together 🙂

  • Kaity May 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    She has a post up now about the plagiarism. The post upsets me than appeases me though. She makes it sounds like the accusations are wrongful: “I am in the process of taking those down until I can verify the accuracy of the complaint” while at the same time patronizing us: “Bravo to you all” and calling us rude/abusive.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie May 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I KNOW! I felt so guilty all day and she posts that and I am livid!

    • Aimee May 31, 2011 at 9:22 pm

      Such a shame! Not only has she taken the accusation lightly, she’s also trying to turn it around on to those she stole from. Such a cop out. I don’t think you have anything to feel guilty about.

  • Spaz May 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    This is my thought on all of this, I’m tardy to the party as always (sorry if you get that Kim Zolciak song in your head, my bad!)
    Anyway, so… it’s bad enough obviously to write up a piece on a book you supposedly read, and blatantly go to someone else’s work of their opinion and rip parts of it directly. That’s a clear cut no-brainer. But IF you ever feel the need to go use other people’s works because you’re having a hard time expressing yourself, at LEAST use a damn thesaurus. Just… dang!
    She just pretty much crapped on all her blog friends, and the authors she moderated boards for, and has lost all credibility. More than angering me… it saddens me. Especially since to the end she can’t even really accept responsibility that she repeatedly used poor judgment and isn’t just saying:
    *****I’M SORRY!!!!!!!!**********

    • Wicked Lil Pixie May 31, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Only you would make me cackle loudly! I love you! LOL

    • Spaz May 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      You like that? That was for youuu baby for youuuuuuu 😛

  • Missie May 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    “Bravo to you all.”

    She’s in awe? Is she serious? Who does and says that?

    Great job getting the word out Pixie. I’m sorry it happened at all.

  • BookaholicCat aka Fit_Cat June 1, 2011 at 5:35 am

    This sucks. I know some reviews are harder to write than others, but if you don’t find your own words to express yourself don’t steal somebody else’s work.
    If you want to use somebody else’s review contact that person and ask for permission to use it giving credit to the author. I’m pretty sure that person won’t say no if you give the appropriate credit.

  • KB/KT Grant June 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

    The only thing you can do is get in contact with the publicist for certain publishers and make them aware of the issue.

  • Stacy (Urban Fantasy Investigations) June 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Wicked Lil Pixie

    lol i agreed with Aimee I wasn’t agreeing that you were rude.

  • Stormy June 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

    “Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog Bea’s Book Nook does not exist. ”

    Got this message when I tried to click on a link to her blog this morning. Sounds like you ladies made quite an impact!

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

      Her blog is still there, just not the reviews she “borrowed”

      • Spaz June 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm

        And the shittiest “apology” post everrrr is still there, too. LOL

  • A Libra June 1, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    All right, she did wrong.
    Jump on someone when they’re down, why don’t we? Some people are more reserved in their language than others, so she apologized in a succinct manner, not beating herself up in public, she did not “take the accusation lightly.”
    I read the apology post at the main page of the blog. She does NOT say “everyone” was rude and abusive, she says “some”.
    You complain that she did not flatly say “I’m sorry.” Well, I just re-read it, and she did. Yes, it was toward the end of the post. So? She had other information to impart too.
    You complain that she didn’t respond immediately; she answered that. She doesn’t have home internet, and like MOST OF US, she doesn’t make her living off the blog, so she has to be other places doing other things… on a HOLIDAY WEEKEND when she couldn’t use public access internet like libraries, could she?
    She expressed appreciation that people caught it and brought it out. . . and you sneer at it.
    WHO has “class”?
    It’s being dealt with, let’s move on to another issue, shall we?

    • Spaz June 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      A Libra,
      The fact of the matter is, if one makes the choice to do something so outrageously wrong as plagiarize, they do not get to play the victim in the situation. End of story. It was a choice to make and they made it.
      In addition, this was not just “a wrong” – this was a series of “wrongs” – around 16 (SIXTEEN) give or take – that went on repeatedly and the affected parties have been trying to get the perpetrator to address the multiple plagiarisms for a month now. The deep emotions expressed here in this post result from the fact that there were several people that were left in the wake of the embarrassment this person’s actions caused them who considered her a FRIEND. They backed her up, gave her the benefit of the doubt many times, and she squandered all of that by her actions and then inaction. She not only betrayed their trust but also shook up their fear in the stability of their reputations as well.
      Saying you are sorry is part of the game when you plagiarize (again, not once, but many times), and it also doesn’t guarantee everyone has to accept the apology. As to “moving on” we will use this as a forum to discuss the matter however we like, and for as long as we like, it is the beauty of the blogging world. The issue is still raw to a lot of people affected, and I am grateful you were not one of the casualties, and didn’t have to endure the stress of cleaning up the mess.
      I can certainly appreciate your wanting to protect someone who appears to be demonized. However, a lot of people were hurt by her actions, and we give them this space to vent about it. If you’d like to “move on”, you are most definitely welcome to.

      • synde June 1, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        I agree one hundred percent with you Pam… If you do wrong then take responsibility for it.. Don’t play oh poor poor pitiful me… It’s not acceptable.
        Especially when someone breaks the law…

      • Tori June 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

        Very well spoken Pam. This hurt a lot of people. Not just those who were plagiarized but all of us who review and are now tainted by her actions. An off the cuff “I’m sorry” with a …”only those who deserves on shall get one…” only shows a lack of respect to all those involved.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 1, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      I didn’t get an appology, damn straight I’m pissed off & her backhanded apology on her site was a joke.

      By the way, HOLIDAY WEEKENDS don’t last a month and MULTIPLE people contacted her long before the HOLIDAY WEEKEND you’re screaming about.

      She could use twitter & goodreads all weekend but she couldn’t respond to DM’s & emails sent to her by bloggers she works with? Sorry, can’t have that excuse. I have screenshots with timestamps, which email address would you like me to send them too? I also have emails of her asking others if she should apologize. Sad when you can’t tell you did something wrong isn’t it?

      I don’t accuse people lightly honey, I sat on this privately for a good long while. Did you not read that “apology” it smacks of backhanded bullshit. But if you can’t see that, I don’t know how to help you.

      Class, I have it. I waited for a response, I kept this undercover. Pardon me for being pissed that someone had the balls to steal from 16+ reviewers and bloggers. And authors, it was an AUTHOR who notified us. Brilliant isn’t it? An author recognized a stolen review.

      We already have moved on the post is a day old, you commented & brought it back up.

  • synde June 1, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    You break the law , you take responsibility for it. Don’t pretend you don’t know what you did.
    This person needs to suck it up, email apologies then stop blogging all together..

  • Mandi June 1, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Very well said Pam (above comment). (and Nat in the post)

    I was plagiarized once, and a good friend of mine was at another time. It IS hurtful, and frustrating. And when there is inaction on her part – for SO long, I’m sorry but that apology doesn’t cut it.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

      Thanks Mandi. It only takes ONE sentence to go as a blurb in a book. How do you even know who’s comment it is after shit like this!

  • J9 June 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I’m appalled at that this has happened in the book review world and it seems to have come out more than once in the past week. This I believe is the fourth message pertaining to plagiarism of book reviews, and I think the plagiarism is by all different people. I know there was a comment above about not getting paid to review, and making it sound somewhat acceptable for what has been done. Well I am not a paid reviewer I have a full time job and yes it takes away from my reading and reviewing time, but that does not mean that I would plagiarize someone. And really what does someone gain by plagiarizing? Oh wait the followers and maybe some free reads from authors (that this person is now going to loose because they have the inability to use quotation marks and give credit to those that deserve it). What really they should have been asking themselves each time they plagiarized if the results were worth their integrity.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

      I don’t get paid to review on this site. Yes I work freelance for a publisher, but I wasn’t hired to write reviews. So it stinks when something I do for a hobby gets yanked. It takes time to write reviews and to have someone else take those words and use them for their own, not cool.

  • A Libra June 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    The month long waiting period escaped me. That is indeed time to get it sorted out.
    I am not particularly net savvy, so I can’t say at all what the difference is between being able to access tweets & so forth vs. emails. I know there is a difference, from the grumbles about the newest version of Baen’s Bar, but I will agree with you that in a month, all of that should have been accessed, and the situation dealt with properly.

    I am sad that so many people were hurt by this. The people who had their reviews copied wrongly, the authors who now are uncertain what reviews they can refer to at all, the readers who didn’t get what they expected, the woman who lost her judgment and made the series of thefts, and, for those who lost their trust in her and are probably repudiating their friendship with her. It probably feels a bit like having the ground pulled out from under you.
    I do also feel that one may redeem oneself from errors. This is why I won’t be dropping my friendship with her.
    Good luck with your site, here.

  • A Libra June 2, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I wish to apologize to you for my questioning your class. Since I was offensive in public, you deserve the vindication to be public as well.
    You were wronged by the plagiarism, and by my questioning you.
    I can do nothing about the former.
    I can ask your forgiveness or pardon for the post that I made, however. It was bad of me.
    My only ghost of an excuse is that I saw so few people who seemed to think this was a – yes, long term – lapse in judgement, but not irredeemable. I’ve forgiven people for worse things than Bea did, and I hope some of those who have counted her among their friends in the past will allow her the chance to bring herself back into their good graces. I don’t imagine any who does so will ever have the same degree of trust, and I understand that. It’s only wise.
    I am beginning to feel more of what you and the others who were hurt here are suffering. What I feel is surely much less than you. It’s still making me shaky, so I wish to express my sympathy to all of you.
    Again, I admit my error, and hope you will accept my apology.

  • Kayleigh June 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I came across this post from Parajunkies current Book Blogging 101 and I have to say I’m disgusted that this happened. It is hard work to write a review (some more than others) and to take people’s work and use it as your own in inexcusable. I hadn’t been to the offending blog before but I went there via a link from PJ and I thought the ‘apology’ was pretty offensive. She began by acting as though the whole was perhaps a mix-up, a ‘omg I can’t believe we think so alike’ type accident and then progresses to say that she was wrong to plagerise. To top it off she ends it with that bizarre remark “I would like to add, that despite my deserved embarrassment and humiliation, I am in awe of how quick people were to respond and take action. Bravo to you all.”
    Congrats that you guys found out she’d been using you to advance her blog? Congrats that you stumbled on something she still seems to be still half denying? Congrats that you didn’t let her get away with it? That last phrase is odd, and not a particularly flattering way to end her ‘apology.’

    Anyway, I just wanted to send my support and I hope you manage to get a decent apology out of her. It’s the least she can do.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

      LOL I didn’t get one and I don’t think I will. But yeah the awe comment set me off!

      • Beth June 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

        I don’t think there was anything she could say that would make any of this better. But at last you stopped it.

  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy... June 2, 2011 at 9:29 am

    First I would love to commend you for outing the blogger in question. It’s important that other bloggers know who the culprit is so they can check their blogs. I am SO sorry this happened and so glad you made the info available to us.

  • Darci June 2, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I came across this from Parajunkie as well, and I wanted to say that I’m sorry for your troubles too. It’s beyond ridiculous to steal someone else’s work. I don’t read reviews at all, unless I am planning to not write one. And if I think that I don’t have any outstanding thoughts on a book, I don’t write a review for it either, just to be sure that my words are not what everyone else has said. I appreciate those of you that do put the effort into coming up with original ideas to contribute to reviews. I am an artist, and it irritates the hell out of me when I am selling my work at a festival or show, and someone has the nerve to tell me that they are going to go home and make it themselves. People have no common sense.

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 2, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      Thanks Darci, and really people say that to you?! Geeze!

  • Moonlight Gleam June 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    NO wayy!! omg she literally took parts of your review or entire??? that’s crazy! I’m so sorry to hear that! I don’t know how people can do that..

  • Irene Vernardis June 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Hi 🙂

    I tried to see some of the links posted above with her reviews, but they are removed, so I couldn’t see them. On that only, it’s clear they were removed for a reason and it’s obvious they were self-accusing.

    It never occurred to me that plagiarism can apply on book reviews by bloggers. Although, I’m a cynical person, I can’t find any logical explanation on why a person would do such a thing. What’s the point on plagiarizing a review…I can’t get it.

    It was very interesting to learn such plagiarism exist, even from a psychological aspect 😀

    Thank you for the interesting post. I’m glad you found out and cleared it.

  • GraceKrispy June 2, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Wow! Also got here via parajunkee’s blog. I am appalled (and amazed– how could someone do this and NOT think she’ll get called out at some point?). As a fellow reviewer who does it as a “hobby,” it takes a LOT of time to write a thoughtful review, and it would be demeaning to see someone claim my work as her own. Glad you discovered it!

    GraceKrispy@MotherLode blog

  • HolJo June 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I don’t have a blog myself, but I do write book reviews on Amazon all the time. The reason I started doing it was because I LOVE TO READ, and whether a book is really great or really horrible, I needed an outlet afterwards to share my opinion and/or discuss the book before I could feel ready to pick up the next book. The reviews have become as much a part of my reading process as the reading itself, and they are born of my passion for reading.

    Because this is my perspective of the process, I actually feel sorry for the people who plagiarize. It seems to me that they must have lost their passion for reading. Otherwise, how could they possibly allow someone else to speak for them?? How could they possibly publish an opinion that is not their own?? Aside from the obvious theft issues, this is the part that saddens me the most. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lost interest in reading and writing… it would be like losing a part of myself.

    Bottom Line – If you don’t get excited to start a new book, and if you are not THRILLED to be writing YOUR OWN review afterwards, then you should not be blogging. The right thing to do would be to take a step back and try to get back in touch with whatever it was that inspired you in the first place. It’s more important to enjoy what you are doing than it is to keep your blog going. We readers will be far more willing to give a blogger time-off to regroup than we will be willing to forgive plagiarism.

  • Charlie June 3, 2011 at 12:59 am

    The only book we reviewed in common was the Mysterious Lady Law so I clicked the link and discovered it was a blogger friend of mine that was borrowed. Hers was better than mine hehehe

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

      LMFAO the review she grabbed from me sucked, so that didn’t seem to matter

  • Tara June 3, 2011 at 4:17 am

    I received an apology via goodreads yesterday and I accepted as I had no idea what was going on and thought it was a coincidence. I had not seen the review. In her email, I was told the review was removed from goodreads, but I wasn’t aware it was on a blog as well. Is the blog still active or is it gone? If it is gone, then I’m fine. It it is still there, I am displeased as she used two of my remarks word for word. That’s not coincidental. If the blog is no longer active, then I am fine. Her apology seemed sincere. So I’m just trying to find out if the link Charlie sent me to the Mysterious Lady Law review is still valid. If the blog is deleted, how can people view it?

    • Wicked Lil Pixie June 3, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Cache maybe? Clear your cookies and see if you can still see it.

  • Literary Marie June 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    That is NOT cool to plagiarize another blogger’s review. AT ALL. Sorry this happened to you and hopefully she formally offers you a full apology.

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