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Oh bum, conflict of interest ....

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Jethro, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    For those that don't know, quite possibly 99.99% of the membership (percentage increases if we include guests and llama trainers), I'm one of the prelim judges for Australia's Shadows Awards this year. The Shadows are the jewel in the crown for dark genre writers Down Under.

    Anywise arriving in the post was an entry in the long fiction section, "Dark Corridors of Time" by Keith Williams. Unfort the newly published novel from Equilibrium Books has quotes from my site on the front cover and first page, see below



    Have made the coordinator of the Competition aware of a possible conflict of interest and am waiting to see what he thinks I should do. Clearly too late to step down but may have to with hold my call on this one.

    The long fiction section is going to one hell of a battle this year judging from the two entries I've read thus far, and there's some very big names in Aussie dark genre circles submitting later in the year.
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  2. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

  3. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    Awesome on your site being quoted on the book though :D
  4. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Yeah, very cool beans regardless.. you quote dog you :p
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  5. Lisa

    Lisa Well-Known Member

    Jethro should hereby be known as "Quote Dog" hehehe
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  6. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    LOL :D

    Quote Doggy Dog :D
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  7. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    Jethro, the Quote Dog.

    Kinda has a ring to it, dontcha think? [​IMG]
  8. valdet

    valdet Active Member

    Jethro, can you tell us why only females replied to this thread so far.. :)
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  9. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    coz... all the girlies say he's pretty fly.... for a Quote guy ;)
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  10. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    I only appeal to the intelligent members of the forum ;)
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  11. valdet

    valdet Active Member

    Hahaa, good enough.
    Will you con the author by promising him a prize if he pays you big $$ for copyright claims
  12. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    For no apparent reason we get the odd quote happening for local books, well okay that's our third one :) Since the site isn't about making $s no one has bothered to check if we get increased hits or not through it, twitter is probably a better strategy anyhoos.
  13. Mikey

    Mikey Well-Known Member

    /me calls for your head.

    oh, and, I doubt it's a conflict of interest, the head of the judge people type thing wont even have known it's your site, right?
  14. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    Book gets selected in short list -> immediate publication in a number of journals/newspapers/websites down under of finalists -> my site features on cover of book -> I get a whole bunch of free publicity for my site, ergo it's in my interest for the book to be short listed, ergo it's a conflict of interest as the sites featuring the book cover would be my direct market.

    The Coordinator has got back to me saying he'll take a note of the conflict in case there's any dispute over finalists.

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