Thursday, July 15, 2010

How to land a $500K book contract at 17 years of age

Commit plagiarism.

And similarities with McCafferty's work weren't the end of it, either. Unusual similarities were also found with books by four other authors, including Salman Rushdie! A few days after this story broke, Little, Brown and Company issued a statement that they "[would] not be publishing a revised edition of How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life by Kaavya Viswanathan, nor will we publish the second book under contract." All shelf copies of OPAL MEHTA were eventually recalled and destroyed.

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