This just in from Andborough Publishing reproduced here in full:
“It is unfortunate but we have pulled the book Beyond the Third Eye by Rochelle Moore from publication. After hearing complaints from readers we put the book through a plagiarism scanner and it produced a rating of 25%. According to the software manufacture, any rating above 21% is highly suspect of plagiarism.
We conducted a random inspection of several passages the software identified as suspect and found word-for-word duplication from works that predated the book. No attribution was given for these passages. The duplicated material varied in length from several sentences to multiple paragraphs.
This is truly unfortunate and will force us to change how we handle new manuscripts. In the past our authors sign a publishing agreement that states:
“a) Author warrants that Author is the author and sole owner of the Work or was assigned the rights delineated above; that it is original and contains no matter unlawful in its content, nor does it violate the rights of any third party including but not limited to rights of privacy, rights of publicity, libel or infringement of copyright or any other rights; that the Work is not in the public domain. Author also warrants that these rights are owned or controlled by him without encumbrance and that Author has full power to grant the listed rights to Publisher.”
We worked from a position of “Good Faith” that the authors were who and what they claim they are and had the rights to the work they presented as original. Now we will have to put every manuscript to the test. Thankfully modern technology has provided us a way to scan and compare against other digital works, it does however limit us to only digital comparisons.
We’ve had several people ask why didn’t we vet our authors better. Vetting in the publishing world is fact checking and fact checking is so time consuming that even local newspaper forgo this and expect the authors/writers to check their own facts. This is the case with large publishing houses as well. A recent article in The New York Times tells the problems that befell Henry Holt & Company recently. Not only did the author make up facts in the book but embellished his own credentials.
This was a sad week at Andborough Publishing. Our apologies.”
It is indeed in many different ways a sad time. But I see no reason for them to apologise. They were a victim of a plagiarist!
The dupliciousness of Rochelle Moore now continues with her “Agent” and various other fake profiles making it known on FB that this is not true and that the publishers are throwing a dicky-fit like spoilt children because she has found a better publisher!
Andborough Publishing have acted in a very mature and responsible manner through all of this and I have no doubt they will continue to do so. To suggest other wise, once again illustrates the childish manner in which Ms Moore surrounds herself.
The woman is a plagiarist – the proof is irrefutable….
Update 21st June 2010.
Since this was posted I have had several comments from a Dublin IP; these comments were ‘written’ by false identies. That is people who do not live (nor could have been) in Dublin. After seeking approval from the people these comments were suposed to be from, several will not be appearing.
Further on this matter can be found here.