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Publishing News Roundup Series: Cassandra Clare’s Plagiarism Case and the New Harry Potter Book

by Maureen Crisp •  February 15, 2016  •   Follow

Published in News  •  2 comments


Plagiarism is a serious thing when it comes to book publishing.

Many big time authors experience charges against them sometime in their life, and sometimes they can become very serious cases with very serious allegations. In Cassandra Clare’s case, debate is expanding whether you can plagiarize an idea. With Plagiarism also comes issues with copyright, especially when dealing with international publishing laws. Read further below on these topics:


The Trials Of Growing Up


In publishing news this week…The news is filtering through about mega selling YA Author Cassandra Clare being taken to court over plagiarism by another big selling YA author Sherilyn Kenyon. This is an interesting case as it hinges on whether you can plagiarise an idea. 


While authors digest that one- if you were thinking of translating into German you need to understand that titles are copyright protected in Germany. Joanna Penn talks to Rebecca Cantrell about this and other meaty
topics in the hybrid world of publishing.


A new Author Earnings survey is out. For the first time they included print books. The numbers make interesting reading. Traditional publishing still holds up Print… but the Indies are not far behind.


This week Nielson announced that they have decided to track ebooks. This is slightly after the fact as ebooks have been around for a few years now. However the data may be useful in the future.


Publishing will be rubbing their hands at the news that an 8th Harry Potter book is about to be launched on July 31st in print and ebook. This is the book of the script of the play which also opens in July. With over 70,000 fully illustrated books of Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone (retailing in NZ at $70) sold in the last three months, I’m going to predict that there will be a market for this book featuring a grown up Harry Potter. Add to that a new expanded version of Fantastic Beasts and all things Potter will be
the publishing saviour of 2016.


Outside the phenomenon of Harry Potter, Children’s Books receive very little review space in print media. A UK author has launched a campaign to try and redress this. This has been picked up by The Bookseller magazine with an article about why these reviews are so important.


Janice Hardy has an interesting article by Marcy Kennedy on the single biggest mistake authors make... and its important… BACKUP. Marcy details the ways you can fix this!


Jane Friedman has a guest post by Ursula Wong on writer groups and co ops. This is a comprehensive how to article on what types of groups are around, what they do and how they can be set up. 


I have long been an advocate of writer groups… of all kinds. They can be a great support individually and can
morph into small publishing companies.


After all that’s how Bloomsbury started and look who they first published… J K Rowling


In the Craft Section,
Kathryn Goldman-When and when not to use Trademarks– Bookmark!
K M Weiland – 5 reasons a book is re readable– Bookmark
Anne R Allen- How to hook the reader– Bookmark
Kristine Rusch on The Serious Writer Voice– Bookmark!
Jane Friedman on Creating Audiobooks
In the Marketing Section,
Writeitsideways has a nifty post on 4 steps to take forAuthor Branding.
Jane Friedman looks at whether paid book reviews are worth it– Bookmark
Writers in the Storm has a great post on helping your readers to write good reviews
Lindsay Buroker has a great post on Amazon adverts for authors- read the comments!
Joel Friedlander has a post on the importance of keywords for Amazon
If you still need help with websites and ideas check out FirstSiteGuide. Lots of interesting articles.
Passive Guy links to an excellent article on going exclusive or going everywhere with your book
To Finish,

If you are thinking about productivity apps- here is a full on one- Flowstate… keep typing or lose all the words you have written. No time for musing or looking at kitten pictures… I wonder if J K Rowling uses this.




About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.