Anna asked in the comments,
Hi, I’ve just come from Grace Draven’s site: she has removed her current free serial from her blog because of the possibility of fraudulent copy write claims directed at indie/self published books (http://the-active-voice.com/2015/03/01/nolander-blocked-at-amazon-and-smashwords/).
Is this something that might affect you with Sweep in Peace? Or is your e-serial ‘safe’ since you are liked to a publishing house?
This is a really vile case. Basically, a scammer copied a small portion of a self-published author’s book and inserted it into a blog post predating the publication and then claimed that it was his own work and the original author plagiarized it. Amazon accepted this claim at face value. Is there a way to see when a blog post had been modified and what had been added? I know that on my end, I don’t know how to do that with wordpress. If you do, please tell me so I can pass that information on.
Is it a possibility that some scumbag will do this with Clean Sweep? Yes.
Will we be taking it down because of it? No.
I’ve raised this possibility to our agent and there are a number of steps we can take to prevent it, but basically it boils down to the fact that we are e-publishing through an agency. Our agency represents a number of authors and they have a different Amazon rep from those assigned to unagented self-published authors. In a sense, our agency is almost like a small publisher. If the question ever arose, I will be able to speak with the rep directly and provide him with a variety of drafts and research materials proving ownership of the project.
I’ve also asked if there is any recourse for cases like Becca’s (edited – her book is back up on Amazon) and so far I am told that Author Guild might help as an advocate. I am not sure what else to do. But I am asking different people and hopefully some sort of answer will crystallize. My course of action would be to raise this issue with Amazon and ask them why would they use a blog post as evidence. It seems a very flimsy method of verification. I would drown them in drafts, research materials, and other supporting documentation showing that we were the authors.
This is really concerning all around. But. Sweep in Peace is something Gordon and I truly love and enjoy. It makes us happy to know that you read it and talk about it. If this bullshit happens, well, then, we’ll deal with it.
You think I’d learn, right, considering the recent blatant rip-off Kate Daniels, but I guess I am either too stubborn or too stupid.