A few posts ago, I wrote about a plagiarism case that was bothering me. Well it’s still bothering me. The so-called author is still not admitting that she did anything wrong, because her ghostwriter apparently offered her the plagiarized material. This is just a stupid argument. When you place your name on something, you take responsibility for it. Unless you have a contract stating specifically that the ghostwriter is liable for any mistakes or problems with the text, you are also legally responsible for the work that appears under your name. Even with all that, it is just common sense to check to make sure that the content you have received is not plagiarized. Add to the fact that this writer very unethically claimed that the writing was her own and you have a real mess.

Why does the case bother me? A few reasons. First of all, I don’t think this was just a “mistake” and the author’s bull-headed and suspicious actions after being uncovered anger me. It’s not ok to keep plagiarized work on other sites after you have been outed. It’s not ok to try to bully others into not speaking about your case. It’s not ok to try to get pity in order to distract attention away from what you have done wrong.

The other thing that really bothers me is the way that this author used ghostwriting. I ghostwrite and it is in fact a very lucrative and interesting job. However, I do not ghostwrite for people who style themselves as “writers” and try to get work from ghostwritten material, which is what this author tried to do. Ghostwriters are for businesses and professionals who have something to say but don’t have the writing ability to express themselves. Ghostwriters, for example, help celebrities write autobiographies or help companies create websites. If you claim that writing is your “gift” you do not hire a ghostwriter – you continue polishing your gift until it can be shared with the world. You do not take shortcuts.

Rant over. Here are today’s job leads:

1) http://novelandshortstory.com/blog/ — This blog lists markets, conferences, and other opportunities of interest to fiction writers.

2) http://www.netread.com/jobs/jobs/ — Lots of jobs for writers, editors, designers, and professionals in the publishing industry.

3) http://careerlink.com/  A general job site, but often with a good listing of jobs opportunities.

4) http://www.mcclatchy.com/108/story/230.html — A newspaper giant with many jobs of interest to writers.

5) http://www.cnhi.com/employment — Employment opportunities at CNHI newspapers.

6) http://www.coxnews.com/html/careers.html — Job opportunities at Cox newspapers.

7) http://www.dowjones.com/Careers/Careers.htm/index.html — Dow Jones have editorial positions and other opportunities of interest to writers.