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Posts Tagged ‘St. Martin’s Press’

Author Joseph Finder Revisits ‘The Bravest Thing I Ever Did’

JosephFinderSuspicionIn keeping with a basic tenet of thriller novels – waste no time setting the scene, large – Boston Globe reporter Joseph Kahn gets his piece about local bestselling author Joseph Finder rolling with this compelling first paragraph:

After publishing 10 suspense novels, two of them bestsellers turned into Hollywood movies, Joseph Finder had what most writers would sell their souls for: brand-name author status; a seven-figure, multi-book deal with a major publisher; a list of his previous works aggressively marketed by his publisher; and a loyal readership for virtually anything he wrote.

That was then (2012) and the rest of Kahn’s feature is now. After becoming unhappy with the direction of the partnership, Finder gambled big-time on himself, writing a seven-figure check to get out of his St. Martin’s Press deal and writing his next novel, Suspicion, on spec.

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St. Martin’s Press Refuses to Confirm Lianne MacDougall Book ‘Withdrawal’

There is today nothing more from St. Martin’s Press than a resolute “no comment.”

FishbowlNY had been inquiring about how the recent Lianne MacDougall (a.k.a. Lianne Spiderbaby) plagiarism scandal has impacted the publisher’s plans for the North American release later this year or in early 2014 of the embattled writer’s first book, Grindhouse Girls: Cinema’s Hardest Working Women. In a Twitter reply posted late last month, St. Martin’s stated that MacDougall had ended the book project from her end. But that tweet has since been deleted.

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After Plagiarism Victory Over Lianne Spiderbaby, This Writer Isn’t Celebrating

Freelance film journalist MaryAnn Johanson, who relocated from New York City to London a few years ago, was wise to screen-capture the blatant plagiarism of portions of her review of Norwegian film Turn Me On, Dammit! by Lianne Spiderbaby. (a.k.a. Lianne MacDougall). Shortly after she called out the writer via her website Flick Filosopher, all traces of the offending item vanished from Spiderbaby’s end. The Canadian-born Spiderbaby also apparently immediately started scrubbing her social media profile.

To Spiderbaby’s credit, she did not offer up the kind of BS excuse that Johanson was expecting. Instead, according to Johanson, Spiderbaby tweeted over the weekend the following:

I apologize for the plagiarism in my work. I am leaving journalism behind for awhile. I’m so very sorry to everyone esp those I’ve wronged.

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