Friday, November 30, 2018

Epic Response By American Writer Nora Roberts To Accusations Of Plagiarism By Nigerian Writer, Tomi Adeyemi



Two days ago Nigerian-American writer, Tomi Adeyemi, author of the fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone, took to Twitter to call out famous author, Nora Roberts accusing her of plagiarism.


Adeyemi expressed her displeasure with Roberts while sharing a photo of the cover of her book and the cover of Robert’s new book showing similar titles. 

She wrote "It would be nice if an artist could create something special without another artist trying to shamelessly profit off it"




She however issued an apology after some hours stating that Nora had reached out to her and she now believes that the titles were created in isolation.


However, she did not take down the initial post, leaving her fans to continue to bash Nora Roberts.

An obviously upset Ms Roberts has taken to her blog to call out Ms Adeyemi as reckless, foolish, lacking basis for the accusations, unprofessional and emotional. 

She also revealed that her team had reached out to Ms Adeyemi's team asking that the tweet be taken down but have gotten no response. 

Read excerpt from her blog below in a post titled "Mob Rule On Social Media"

“I don’t believe, and have never believed in taking personal issues onto public forums. I don’t believe, and have never believed–will never believe–in a writer attacking another writing on a public forum. It’s unprofessional, it’s tacky and the results are, always, just always, ugly.

Recently another writer used her social media forums to baselessly, recklessly accuse me of stealing the title of her book–which is bullshit right off–to attempt to profit from this theft. She had no facts, just her emotions, and threw this out there for her followers.

First, let’s address the particular title which happens to be similar. I titled this particular book, wrote this book, turned this book into my publisher nearly a year before her book–a first novel–was published.

So, unless I conquered the time/space continuum, my book was actually titled before hers. Regardless, you can’t copyright a title. And titles, like broad ideas, just float around in the creative clouds. It’s what’s inside that counts.
It’s just a title.

By accusing me, in public, of attempting to ‘shamelessly profit’ off of her creativity, she incited her readers into attacking me–on her feed, then on my pages, then on the internet in general. She did nothing to stop this.

I have been accused of theft, of trying to use this first time writer–whose book has been well received–for my own profit. To ride her coattails as I have no originality. This after more than thirty years in the business, more than two hundred books.

I was accused of plagiarism–for a title–of stealing her ideas–though I had never heard of her book before this firestorm, have never read her book.

And trust me, I never will now.”

The main reason for her public address was, though Ms Adeyemi had put out an apology, she has so far done nothing to put out the fires she had started.

She wrote: “While this writer issued a kind of retraction after I reached out to her, it didn’t stop some of her readers from calling me a liar, and worse. We reached out again, asking her to put out the fire. We’ve had no response, not from her, not from her agent. Shame on them.
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