Hey, friends! I have a quick update to share with you all about my image theft sitatuon that you can read about here.
First, I have not heard from Fox Chapel and do not expect to, but your messages to them and posts about the situation are SO immensely helpful so please keep that up!
Second, I just had a great conversation on the phone with the book author, Penny Haren. She was sincere in her apology and about her disgust with the situation and I felt very good about our discussion. I do believe everything she told me about not knowing the source of the cover image or even paying attention to it. That being said, was this irresponsible on her part? Yes, and she admits this. She reached out to Fox Chapel months ago for them to take care of the situation and assumed they did. Should she have contacted me anyway? Yes. Should she have followed up to make sure it was resolved? Yes. But, as my daily #spiritualAF message said a few days ago, “Thou shalt not judge, because thou has f*$%ed up before, too”.
We all make mistakes, we all let things slide, we all fall short, and we all need a little grace at times. The important thing is that Penny was able apologize and do what she can to make it right and is offering to transfer all her book royalties to me. We both agree that this changes nothing about the way Fox Chapel is handling this and wish we could do more (she is no longer with them, BTW). Also, if Fox Chapel lets this happen instead of owning it themselves, how much deeper can they dog their hole?!
Penny sounds like a hard working woman who has done a lot of great things for the industry. I feel that this unfortunately sourced new relationship is one that may be a good thing moving forward. All along I have felt that something else was going to come of this, because of this, and I think that something else will be many, many things. New friends, new relationships, lessons learned, helping others prevent this, perhaps saving myself from a bigger theft later, new doors opening.
The best think we can ALWAYS do is find the beauty in the broken. More soon, I really need a shower :)!
6 thoughts on “An update regarding the book author”
What are you planning on doing with the Nicole Young book? Maintain radio silence? You chased away Penny Haren…how many more authors and book buyers would you like to go elsewhere? Not professional. Now that you are on my radar, I will make sure to never purchase a book you have published, and I’ll do what I can to spread the message of how shabbily you treat your authors. What I sent them…
That’s what I’ll send them…I copy and pasted to a document and saved the page to contact them. Late to the party, so if there is something I should add or subtract, let me know and I’ll change it. Then I’ll post it to my facebook pages, twitter, and Instagram, as well as my blog!!
I think you are being far too kind to the author . My friend had the same problem, she is an artist and all her work is copywriter. Photos of her paintings were used in a small self published step by step book. She got no satisfaction from the writer who insisted that the paintings were hers.
Disgraceful. She should have been prosecuted.
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I posted this comment on Nicole’s first post about this and on FB wherever I see it. Copy and share as you see fit!
WE do have methods for fighting for our copyright RIGHTS, as creatives that create original works, especially when “big business” chooses to ignore the rules. We as quilters and/or industry professionals, should all think about using our considerable purchasing power as our muscle. In 2017 it was estimated that quilters would spend $3.7 billion and estimated to have 7 to 10 million quilters in the U.S (source http://www.quilts.com/news-and-info-qia-survey.html). To show our dissatisfaction with this sort of behavior we should consider a boycott of Fox Chapel Publishing, which also owns Landauer Publishing (many quilting and sewing titles). We have the power and we have the court of public opinion at our disposal. I for one will not purchase a Fox Chapel/Landauer book until 2021! Join Me?
Lets flood social media with our disapproval, use hashtags on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter #BoycottFoxChapelPublishing #BoycottLandauerPublishing, leave comments about your opinion @FoxChapelPublishing @LandauerPublishing Twitter @Landauerpub @foxchapelpublishing.