Thursday, February 11, 2010


And this goes for reused art from Felicia Bond or Beatrix Potter, or the text of Jane Yolen's Owl Moon.

Though I must say that when I've encountered such things, I could not help sending a rather pointed letter about plagiarism and its extreme inadvisability.


Chris Wolfgang said...

The comment thread under that post made my day. Everyone was hilarious.

Wendy said...

Same goes for the complete text of Ella Enchanted, which came with a cover letter quoting the jacket copy verbatim.

Claire Dawn said...

I suppose the theory behind it is this: they just want to see if you'll pick up on it or if you'd fail a classic.

Although I'm sure agents and editors are busy enough with out haveing to pass tests.

Rose Green said...

I've always thought those kinds of experiments were pointless. I mean, editors read, don't you think? Wouldn't they recognize a classic if they saw one?

Sam Hranac said...

Thank you for posting that link! I am so glad I didn't have a mouthful of anything sticky as I read it. I needed that laugh, though.

Steve MC said...

That is an awesome site. In fact, I'm surprised The Rejectionist simply sends off a form rejection to those tests when she could do so much more.

Like what you do. Or maybe send off a copy of a famous rejection and see if they get that.

Christine Tripp said...

I just loved saying the title of the Rejectionist's post over and over:)

EA, are you saying there are people that actually SEND other artists work in (especially work by well known illustrators) trying to pass it off as their own????
Do they trace it or is it an actual scan from a book?
What do they think they would do if their manuscript AND that art were accepted, learn to draw FAST like a professional????

The Novelist said...

That link made my day!

Kerry said...

Thank you for sharing - that was hysterical!

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