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I wrote a poem called “The Upside-down Fish” and turned it into a story/coloring book, then I sent it out to major publishers. I never heard back from any of them. It wasn’t long before I noticed a book with the same title. I looked into its pages and saw that it was unmistakably plagiarized from my story; they hadn’t changed it enough to hide the fact. With legal counsel beside me, I contacted them and was given a run-around about its unprotected status of copyright, blah blah blah. So, I decided to self-publish. It was a thorny road of poverty and learning. Eventually, I wanted to do more. I did not enjoy the feeling of self-promotion. I wanted to do more for others. With our powers combined, my painter wife and I created a new publishing studio. As we built it from vapor, we wondered what to call it… We gather as a family on Sundays to let the kids play and the adults relax while making an endless array of dinner recipes which revolve around tater tots. After we mastered those, we moved on to any kind of potato, but we still call it Tater Tot Sunday, and thus the name we chose.
- Richard MacNeill
Post Script: I refuse to slander the entire company who stole my story, as I am sure the decision was made by only a few thieves and not the whole of the publishing house. As they are business-bound to protect themselves against any legal follies, I do not begrudge them their complicity in the crime either. I, however, will not remain silent on their doorstep. If anyone were to ask my opinion, which I note they’re not, I would advise them to strongly consider the mucky dishonesty lurking within the submissions department.