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Erin Cooper, Artist and Friend.

The below links will take you to the work of a wonderful fantasy artist friend of mine, Erin Cooper from Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShadoWind?ref=pr_shop_more

http://www.zazzle.com/shadowind_erincooper

http://shadowind.deviantart.com/gallery/

She is the artist behind this websites banner and as you can see her skills in fantasy art are extensive, beautiful and an inspiration.

Erin is able to captivate any image I request of her for my work in more ways than one. In future, I hope that she would be considered as my illustrator for books I might have published – though I am an artist myself, Erin’s skills far outweigh my own.

I first found Erin online in a spiritual forum back in 2005 and we bonded almost instantly on so many levels, spiritually and artistically as well as forming a long-distance sisterly relationship that still goes on to this day.

We are each other’s rock and we have both been through so much together.

A lot of my writing and art wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Erin, purely because Erin is the first proper artist I’ve ever known (proper as in, have actually sold art). I say that a lot of my writing wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for her, because we talk online a lot about my stories – we talk like we are the characters to one and other and she helps feed me another point of view. This is something we have never tired of, to us, in our conversations, if we were ever overheard or read, people would think that the things we talk about are real and would probably have the both of us locked up.

It is hard to find someone like Erin who actually talks like this long-term with me. My husband Paul does this with me a lot too, and I used to have four other friends who would do this, but they got tired of it after so many years. Erin however, has made it her mission for my written worlds to be as real as the real world to her and this I thank her for.

Erin has helped me grow in confidence that I am capable of producing my own artwork, she has given me hints and tips and videos of how to sketch and paint effectively and even how to market my work on zazzle and etsy.

I highly recommend you contact Erin for commissions; she is very dedicated to her work and will work tirelessly to produce whatever work you desire from her, outside of her livery duties.

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forums & plagiarism

In an earlier post I mentioned I like to use some forums to help me research spirituality to write books based on the supernatural; I use this as research only but I use my own imagination based on those things I’ve learned.  I have just discovered that one of my favorite forums has had another author do the same thing, however, they lack imagination of their own accord and have completely plagiarized a lot of individual story themes so much so, that I can actively point out who she has copied from, she has changed the names, but subtly, for example Melissa is Melony, Camilla is Camille, a little too noticeable don’t you think?

It is fine to pick up ideas from forums but give it a little more imagination and don’t blatantly outright copy an entire person or few from the same place, it’s too obvious.  My reason for putting this up, is because on that forum I have spoken a lot about spiritual things and even placed ideas for stories there in the past and I have found out this plagiarizer has focused on my posts as her main theme for stories.

I thought at first it was only one or two books she has did this on, but no, in the last two years she has been busy and published forty books all by herself, she is a self-published author.

Needless to say she had trouble being accepted in publication because a publisher would have done their research and would have found that it was massively plagiarized.

Also, the author of these books has not done her research in that her main character’s name was a well-known German comic from the 1970s of which I had took as my forums username, a character which helped German girls grow up as empowered and confident women.

If you’re going to go on forums for ideas, don’t be so bloody obvious, of course I am going to read those books and pin point the plagiarisms over the next couple of months, because I think this could lead to a court appearance.  Forums are also protected by copyright, so be very careful what you take from them.

Do your research before you’re confident or stupid enough to self-publish your work, in case you’ve either deliberately or inadvertently copied from someone.

I am really flabbergasted at how much she has used from one forum and from a few people, I have never seen such blatant outright copycat work before.

It’s obvious to me that she simply copied down a lot, and changed some things subtly; there was no indication whatsoever from what I’ve read so far, that she’s used her brain at all in these writings.  Each book is an average of 330 pages, and as I said, she’s written forty in two years; who can do that and be original work?

I’ll keep you posted, but it may be a few months before you get an update.

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