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The Harvard Crimson is reporting that author Kaavya Viswanathan, the Harvard sophmore who received a whopping $500, 000 advance for her debut novel, How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, when she was just seventeen, has been accused of plagiarism. Seems seven passages of Viswanathan's book show similarities in style and language to Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, two books by author Megan McCafferty. Hmm. Should be interesting to see how this all plays out and what impact it will have on the publishing industry. I do, however, believe that things like this can happen unconsciously, which is why I keep my leisure reading at a minimum when I'm working on a book.
According to a survey of 200 published authors, done by marketing company RainToday.com, the internet is the most effective way to promote a book. Being featured in trade magazines was second while traditional book signings weren't listed high at all, surprise surprise. I do very few book store signings. Maybe I'm shooting myself in the foot but I just can't see how sitting at a table with a silly grin on my face, getting asked the way to the restroom, being asked about other authors books, and selling maybe a half a dozen books or less, is going to help me. I much prefer library events, and conventions. I do use the internet extensively when promoting my books. I'm even contemplating putting up a page at this popular site. I hear it's not just for teens looking to make new "friends". We'll see.
My book is late to the trend
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