Updated: May 27
Kristan's Note: This week I invited John Murray McKay, author of The N Days and The Venom Protocols, to write a guest post. Thoughts, opinions, and word choice not necessarily my own. The post has been edited for clarity and presentation only. Contents and language use are still by the author, and he is certainly not shy. Reader discretion is advised.
Good afternoon campers, like a badly buried Las Vegas hooker, I have made my blogging return.
I’m sure everyone has heard about the plagiarism drama that unfolded on the interwebz this week.
So I have decided to stick my well-heeled snout into the kerfuffle, aren’t you grateful?
Papa Hemmingway said it so nicely: Writing is easy, just sit at a typewriter and bleed. Well that is what we are doing every time we close the old porn tabs (your mom is looking muy caliente by the way) and fire up the Word program. Writing is not easy, not even by a long shot.
First you have to come up with an idea, one that has not already been used and would actually make for a decent enough book.
Okay wonderful, look at you looking all spiffy like. Now just to barf out seventy to eighty frikken thousand words and you are set. You have? Well golly Batman, aren’t we just the sexual tyrannosaurus this morning? Now you need to edit it, find a publisher (That is a ransom note for another day), convince the publisher that you can actually sell the said book. Then comes draft after draft, hostage negotiations with cover designers and formatters, and then finally, you have the book in hand.
Well ducky for you. Now to deal with the troglodytes over at Amazon, not to mention the scammers and trolls on social media and all sorts of mouth breather coming at you. You’ve done it, you’ve made a book. Months and years of blood sweat and tears have gone into it. You are on the last helicopter out of Saigon with your nuts/ovaries still intact.
And then some talentless slob comes and steals your work? I beg your pardon dahling? Not even a polite request if they can quote you in their book (I would be honored, with publisher permission of course. Manners will get your everywhere love.) no, this inbred poodle f*cker just waltzes into Berlin and takes entire passages and pages out of your book.
Not cool Mon amis, not cool at all.
I wish authors, both young and old, would realize this- your reputation as a writer is of paramount importance and once you’ve tarnished it, well it’s horrifically hard to get it back. The writing community is a small, incestuous bunch that doesn’t forgive and forget easily. Apart from the massive lawsuits, you would be lucky to write manuals for Hong Kong kitchen appliances after this. Your career for all intents and purposes is finished my friend, better warm up that Chucky Cheese mascot application.
Sorry, I’m a hot little biscuit this week because I feel so strongly about this. I know many a wonderful writer that toils away in the shadows for years without recognition. Amazing writers not to mention human beings that never get the plaudits they so richly deserve. I want to see their books right next to mine on the bookshelves (hint hint, buy my book you cretins) but then this classless Muppet comes along and steals their work. It’s wrong on so many levels.
I am therefore delighted that the book community has stood up so strongly against this thief. We have made our voice sound up loud and clear that such scumminess simply won’t be tolerated. We must celebrate the hardworking writers out there, both indy and traditional and make every effort that the books they worked so hard on gets out there to the public.
As for those who commit plagiarism? A gulag in Siberia sounds lovely but banishment from the writing community would also suffice. There is simply no space for them in our community.
Ass-door-you bye bye.
Woof, the rant is finished kiddies. You can let Grammy out of her room now, the storm is over. While I have your complete and undivided attention- why not check out my book? It will keep you on the edge of your seats. That’s a damn promise.
Here’s the blurb and links and yeah, I will catch you on the dark side.
Take care campers.
The Venom Protocols
“You should have left me alone.”
Charlotte Corday was once called the most dangerous woman on the planet by the FBI until she retired. But it's not so easy to remain retired when the past is determined to drag her back into the hell she wanted to leave behind her.
To uncover the origins of the mysterious Valkyrie program, Charlotte fights through her own dark past, dredged up by those determined to keep her out of retirement... or out of the business permanently... and to find solace in her own razor blade filled mind.
Her own words—her own warning—will come to haunt them.
They should have listened.
Buying Links: UK ~ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07C1W1SKX US ~ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C1W1SKX Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-venom-protocols Google Play: https://goo.gl/CWkN9A Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/781944
Buying links will be updated when I have them (May 26th, 2020)