If you’re wondering about the delay on Chapter 23 of Rough Boys — after all, I blogged weeks ago that I finished the novel — the reason is because I got paranoid. Tali Spencer, who is a tremendously talented author and had a number of wonderful stories up for free, recently found out that most of them were stolen. You can read about it here: http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.com/2012/09/stolen-books.html.
Don’t worry, I still plan to post the rest of RB, but I want to make sure that I register the copyright first. To that end I’ve spent the last ten days combining all the chapters into a single doc, formatting, and re-editing so that I can send something that is very close to final copy to the copyright office. I’m now editing Chapter 19, so getting there. Perhaps I’ll post Chapter 23 at or close to my normal schedule.
Tali isn’t the only one who’s been affected. Robcub (http://robcub32.tumblr.com/) has had some of his stories stolen as well, and I’ve heard rumor of others, although I don’t know their names.
It’s hard for me to imagine what kind of mind it takes to steal someone else’s creative work and publish it as her own (and I’m good at imagining). In Tali’s case it appears that profit was the motive. At least one of the stories that was stolen from Robcub was published for free. These people must be almost as sick as Richard Iverson. I don’t want to think about the anguish I’d go through if I discovered that my first novel, the one I’ve poured so much of myself into over the past year and a half, was stolen.
The novel has ended up so long, for all I know, someone’s already published books 1, 2 and 3 of it. If you see it out there under any name other than J. Vaughn, please let me know immediately and post angry, damaging comments on that fake author’s site!
Meanwhile, I’ll try to hang onto my faith in humanity and post 23 as soon as I can.