I know the name "Stephenie Meyer", but not her books. Today, I read publisher, Karen Syed's blog and learned the first 12 chapters of Meyer's incomplete book, Midnight Sun, were hijacked and posted in rough form on the internet. Foul!
My reaction was first shock, then dismay, then anger. Because I'm a first-reader for other authors and I love doing that job. I love that they value my opinion and that they trust me with their "babies". I can only imagine that Meyer's feelings are akin to a mother who's child has been abused by a babysitter. It's a terrible, terrible act that damages us all in the greater writing community. Our collective trust takes a hit.
To find out the truth from the author's perspective, go directly to her website:
"As some of you may have heard, my partial draft of Midnight Sun was illegally posted on the Internet and has since been virally distributed without my knowledge or permission or the knowledge or permission of my publisher." Read the remainder of the essay by clicking here.
Then go to Karen Syed's blog and leave her your comments, since she started this thread. I don't need more outrage to fuel my anger. I will read at least one Stephenie Meyer book as a demonstration of support. Why haven't I read one yet? Because it has vampires in it. It's that simple. But now, I'll bite the silver bullet.
May benefits accrue to her ten-fold to ease the pain. And dare I say it? May the scofflaw get it back ten-fold, too. Yeah, that should help even out the score a little. Ten-fold at least. Be thankful that I am not the god of fairness.