Protecting Your Book from Plagiarism
Having your book plagiarized is almost like someone stealing a child. Sadly, there are people who find it easier to steal your writing than to learn out to write a book themselves. When my first book was badly plagiarized, except for two chapters, I called an outstanding copyright attorney. He wrote a letter to the big publisher, as well as the author. The publisher’s attorney sent back an unpleasant letter, denying this had occurred. The attorney said I could sue, but it would probably cost $100,000. I learned a hard lesson from that experience.
If I had been a member of the wonderful Authors Guild, their attorneys would have taken over and the other book would most likely have been quickly withdrawn. The strange turn of events was that the other publisher several years later wanted to publish another of my books and I said an emphatic “No!” Fortunately my first book has now been in print since 1986 in five different editions and still sells. The other book faded quickly away.
The annual dues for the Authors Guild are very modest and they will not only go to battle for you with a publisher and author, but will review contracts and answer your questions. So joining them is something I strongly suggest.
Are you a member of the Authors Guild? Do you recommend joining?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Charlotte E. Thompson, M.D. has been a practicing pediatrician for fifty years. She holds a B.A. and M.D. from Stanford University, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at U C San Diego Medical School. In 2005 and 2007, she was named as one of the Top Pediatricians in the United States by the Consumer’s Research Council of America. Dr. Thompson is a mother, a grandmother, and the author of ten books including Raising a Handicapped Child published in 1986, now in its fifth edition.
You can find out more about her on her website.