Archive for February, 2016

Plagiarism

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A recent debate and lawsuit going on between two New York Time’s bestselling authors has a lot of writers keeping the issue of plagiarism in mind right now. The aforementioned issue is between Sherrilyn Keyon and Cassandra Clare over Clare’s “Mortal Instruments” series of book, for those who haven’t heard that news yet. If you haven’t, read about it here. I truly hope that Clare isn’t guilty of this; I’m quite enjoying “Shadowhunters” as a television series. Alas, I’ve not had the pleasure of reading the books as yet, though I look forward to doing so.

Anyway…

As an author, plagiarism is always a threat. It’s something that we’ve probably all encountered, or at least suspected. Years ago I made the mistake of talking openly about some major plot points in a book I was working on, doing so in an open, on-line forum. Very stupid move on my part, I know. Not long after, those same plot points ran in a then-in-production major television series. It’s hard to find a writer these days who has made any sort of a name for themselves who hasn’t had to deal with plagiarism, or at least had cause to strongly suspect it.

So, a question to other writers – how do you protect yourself from plagiarism; what’s your best/favorite method?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Book Cover Designs

More and more I keep seeing lesser-known authors modeling their books’ covers after cover designs of major bestsellers. Personally, I don’t like this trend. It’s something that I sincerely hope you’ll never see me do. If you ever do see that on any of my books, it’ll only be because a publisher has completely overruled me on the point, and forced the cover through against my wishes and arguments. And, I ask that if such a thing ever does happen, that all of you contact said publisher, and complain and protest the cover, please.

Why do people copy such well-known covers? Do they think that people will think they’re buying a huge bestselling title, and buy their book by accident? Or are they just trying to link their release to something that’s far better known to the general public? I truly don’t know. But, again, I don’t like seeing it. It strikes me as a cheap trick to try and con readers into buying their book.

What do all of you think about this tend in book cover designs?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Second Chances” by Desirée Lee

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Do yourself a favor, and check out the newest work by my very talented wife, Desirée Lee. It’s a short story entitled “Second Chances”. It’s included in the newly released anthology “Loving You to Death“. Grab it now; only .99 on Amazon Kindle!

You won’t regret it!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Yesterday

I apologize for the lack of a post on this website/blog yesterday. The day’s plans changed late on Sunday, and we ended up being away from home for most of yesterday. On the up side, the revised plans for yesterday included us finally going to the theater to watch “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens“. So, at last, we’ve seen that. We were probably the last people on Earth to have watched it! One, or both, of us has been sick since the film came out two months ago. I liked it better than I expected. Not as well as the original “Star Wars” trilogy, but much, much more so than the prequels. Our next must-see in the theater? If you know anything about me at all, you already know the answer to that question  – “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“!

Why waste a post on a blog about my work to talk about this? Because I often get comments about how fans want to get to know me better as a person. So, I’ll try to start tossing out more “about me” style of posts in the hopes of appeasing those who want to know the person behind the writing that much better.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Happy Valentine’s Day, Desirée Lee!

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Happy Valentine’s Day to my best friend/better half/gorgeous wife, Desirée Lee! I love you more than anything – now, always, forever, and beyond!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Book Research

UFOs

For some time now – the past few years – I’ve been slowly putting together ideas for a science fiction novel. Though the project would be a work of fiction, it would be based on a lot of real-life UFO sightings, accounts, reports supposedly leaked from the US government, etc. This project gets set aside for a while, and then I go back to it for a bit, before setting it aside once more.

Part of me really wants to write this book, and is very excited about it. Part of me isn’t sure that I should write it because of the can of worms it may open. If I ever do write the book, I doubt anyone from the US government, the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, US Coast Guard, or any other branch of the military or government will be happy with the book’s content.

What do you all think? Should I keep this project in mind, and write it someday despite the reactions it’s apt to bring from certain fronts?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Update – “Ravenesque”

As you all know, along with “Warder”, Desirée Lee and I have also decided to change “Ravenesque” from an on-going comic book series to a series of novellas. The first of those, “Ravenesque: Un-Familiar”, is underway right now. I’m about a quarter or so of the way through the first draft of it. This first novella is what had been planned for the first story of the comic book series. But, changes are being made. New elements are being added. These difference will be felt not only in this first novella, but in the franchise as a whole.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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