Thursday, April 27, 2006

More unoriginal news

Two pieces in the New York Times today shedding more light on our young plagarist friend: a summary of a follow-up interview with Viswanathan, and some information on "book packagers"--groups, especially active in young-adult publishing, who come up with concepts, find writers to produce the content, and market the already copyedited final product, cover art and all, to publishers. (Alloy Entertainment, a book packager responsible for the Gossip Girl series, and holder of three of the top ten spots on this Sunday's NYT children's best-seller list, worked with Viswanathan on How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life, and is a co-holder of the copyright.)

Update, 3:58p.m. More on Viswanathan at Slate. Be sure to check out the link at the end to Gawker's excellent coverage.

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