Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Trust Issue #1

We’d like to start off by saying that we hope everyone is having a great 2008 so far. Ours is going well, and it just feels like this year is going to be one of the best yet. There’s a certain vibe buzzing around. Maybe it’s because of the election. Maybe there’s a hint of change in the air. Or maybe the earth’s poles’ are reversing. One never knows.

Anyway, speaking of the election (for the US president in November), we are going to be posting quite a bit about an issue that plays a vital role in government and publishing. That issue is trust, the basis of any good relationship, either personal or professional. It seems like a good time to address this, since a budding scandal is already brewing in the ranks of publishing. If you haven’t heard, a situation reminiscent of the Kavya Viswanathan fiasco has come to the fore. Charges of plagiarism have been leveled against a historical romance writer published by Signet (an imprint of Penguin Putnam). The complete story can be found at the following URL’S:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/books/01/10/books.romancewriter.ap/index.html http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080110/ap_en_ot/books_romance_writer.

We are not going to address the writer’s innocence or guilt, because we don’t have the whole story and refuse to make comments based only on two news articles and an e-mail announcement sent out by the RWA to its members (of which Sharene is one). However, these types of stories get us thinking about other related issues in the publishing world and make good jumping off points.

Warm up them bungees!