Breaking Plagiarist News!
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Looks like the publisher of Misty’s stolen books is Misty herself!
Misty Wright, the author of this article, is a contemporary suspense romance author and the founder of iVisionaryMedia.com.
The company is dedicated to provide high- quality and excellent content from esteemed authors and “renowned” editors.
Renowned authors repackaged as Misty! It’s terribly convenient.
The company is committed to the unremitting pursuit and attainment of total customer satisfaction by producing best quality, cost-effective information materials, and imaginative literature.
Someone else’s imagination, apparently.
This burns my ass, kids.
Misty Wright (aka Esther Lam aka Laura White) claims in her Amazon profile that she’s a “secretary by day and book fanatic the rest of the time.” She’s apparently pursuing her lifelong dream of being an author by taking other published author’s novels, changing a few names and republishing them under her own name. Then to make herself legitimate, she created her own company and wrote pregnancy self-help books under the name Laura White. I suspect Pat Mize is an alias as well.
Our three amigos live in Singapore, so the chances of any lawsuit may be very slim, however I’d still like to shut this woman down.
Because she has no shame, Misty then made the Blog Book Tour. Same post, mind you, a little copy/pasta for the unimaginative.
The Reading Diaries Mandy took her review down, but no mention was made of why. I do wish bloggers (like Lexie, below) would make some mention instead of pretending it didn’t happen at all. Ramblings of a YA Reader (UPDATE 2/20)This post came down yesterday after the blogger was made aware. Lexie even made a post apologising, however no one blames the bloggers who review the work of a plagiarist because they can’t possibly know. Most of them are trying to perform a service by getting readers to authors, and it’s a shame when one is taken advantage of. Thanks, Lexie! The Loopy Librarian (UPDATE 2/21) Links removed with a warning to future surfers about Misty Wright. Thanks, Allie!
This takes balls, folks, and I hope these bloggers make mention of it on their sites. No one expects bloggers and even small presses to be able to flag plagiarists at a glance with the limited resources available. There is no database for all of the written words published and sold, and it’s only through alert readers that authors even discover theft. I don’t blame the above blogs at all for promoting Misty/Esther/Laura, but I do expect them to do the right thing.
Jennifer tells us that Amazon has taken down “Assassin’s Love”, or rather it’s no longer available for purchase. It’s damn near impossible for self-published authors to get into Barnes and Noble, so it was never available for the Nook.
I can see why Kobo isn’t catching on with readers.
Kobo didn’t have anything for Misty after all.
For those who self-publish, you already enter a tough the marketplace where the quality of your work is immediately suspect. It shouldn’t be further tarnished by the David Boyers and Misty Wrights of the world. It is always in your best interest to help weed out these people out and boost the signal when possible.
You could be next.