What's the worst thing that could possibly happen to a writer?
While these are all hazards of authorship they are obstacles that, with a bit of schmoozing your muse, your editor and your potential readership, may be overcome.
So, what is the worst thing then?
If someone boldly steals from you! Some might call me slightly paranoid about not sharing all that much information about my WIP's, but honestly, until it's published you're more likely to find out about my weight than the story in my book. A few hints here and there? Sure. No harm in that. But will I ever discuss important threads that basically make (or break) the premise? Let's put it this way - if you threatened to break my kneecaps I might tell you my weight, but even if you held a burning match to my favorite teddy bear, my lips would stay sealed if you inquired about "the plot". Poor teddy, I know!
Suffice to say, a little paranoia never hurts. But what about writing on platforms such as this one? A blog!
Every couple of weeks another book blogger will rant about discovering how someone has stolen their review(s) for evil purposes on their own blogs (or even worse, linked up to some obscure websites). Plagiarism anyone?
Fortunately this hasn't happened to me so far *knock on wood* and despite this little voice telling me that maybe my reviews aren't worth stealing (aka they suck) I think what might save me is that I review mostly non fiction and a lot of people don't really read much non fiction, not to mention reviews about non fiction books. That's my pet theory, anyway.
The point is - bloggers put there heart and soul into their blogs and if we find out that a black blogging sheep has stolen from us we get a little ... well, cranky! Personally I'd let loose the Hounds of Hell the second I find my blog content on another site, but the usual way would be to contact the thieving piece of a *insert expletive of choice* and tell him/her to take the post down, like, NOW.
I think the worst example of someone stealing reviews must have been the one committed by a person who's not only a blogger but also an author, of I think historic romance novels. Admittedly I don't remember the blog, and I wouldn't share here publicly anyway. Imagine my shock! Bad enough that anyone would steal blog content, but a writer!? That nearly sent me into cardiac arrest. And, after my heart assumed a remotely normal beating pattern again, all I could think of was ... where did that lady *insert sarcasm* get the ideas for her books from? I don't think I really want to know the answer to that.
Thing is, I decided to do some googling to find out how to put up a little stumbling stone for wannabe-thieves on my blog. Go ahead and try to right-click with your mouse ... see? Ha. [followup a day later - as there are still half a dozen other ways to copy & paste I have deactivated the function now ... I'll simply borrow Amy's Hounds of Hell if someone shows sticky fingers] If someone is too lazy to write their own reviews, I doubt they would make the effort to copy word for word if they can't do the two-mouse-clicks-shuffle. And off the black sheep go to greener pastures.
Are you a blogger and has anyone ever stolen blog content from you? Are you using MyFreeCopyright? Or maybe using a widget which makes right-click-copying impossible? Comment away!