Release Date: June 14, 2016
Genre: SyFy, YA, Dystopia
Genre: SyFy, YA, Dystopia
Eighteen-year-old Blanca has lived a sheltered life. Her entire childhood has been spent at Tabula Rasa School where she’s been protected from the Internet.
Blanca has never been online and doesn’t even know how to text. Her lack of a virtual footprint has made her extremely valuable and upon graduation Blanca, and those like her, are sold to the highest bidders.
Blanca is purchased by Cal McNeal, who uses her to achieve personal gain. But the McNeal’s are soon horrified by just how obedient and non-defiant Blanca is. All those mind-numbing years locked away from society have made her mind almost impenetrable. By the time Blanca is ready to think for herself, she is trapped. Her only chance of escape is to go online.
Piracy & it's effect on all authors
The first time I saw something I had written blatantly stolen was a few years ago. I had written a blog post for The Everett Herald about cooking dinner for my family. An astute friend emailed me a few days later. She had spotted my exact article pirated on a website in Thailand. After I got over my shock and outrage, I realized there wasn’t anything I could do about it, except leave a comment demanding that the website remove my post. Yeah right, like that was going to happen.
Writing is only one way authors can be ripped off. Since so much of an author’s livelihood is dependent upon their social media platform, authors are also at risk of having Facebook and Instagram posts plagiarized too. When a meme goes viral, most people don’t consider that plagiarism. (I certainly don’t.) But if a creator’s name isn’t on the meme, then the author of that creation does not receive credit.
I’ve been fortunate with my Facebook page, The YA Gal, to have some memes I’ve created shared over 110,000 times. That’s why I always put my watermark on memes—in the hopes that they will go viral and I’ll make a name for myself.
Now, with “Genesis Girl” out in the world I know it’s only a matter of time before my book-baby is kidnapped. Protecting my copyright will be at the top of my to-do list, but with the realization that in this new age of online free-for-all, there is only so much that I can do.
About the Author
Jennifer Bardsley writes the parenting column “I Brake for Moms” for The Everett Daily Herald. Her debut YA novel, “Genesis Girl” will be published by Month9Books on June 14, 2016, with the sequel releasing in 2017. “Genesis Girl” is about a teenager who has never been on the Internet. Jennifer however, is on the web all the time as “The YA Gal” with over 20,000 followers on Facebook, and 15,000 followers on Instagram. On Facebook, she hosts the weekly instant book club called #TakeALookTuesday where YA Gal friends geek out, share pictures of what they are reading, and chat about books. Jennifer is a member of SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens debut author group, and is founder of Sixteen To Read. An alumna of Stanford University, Jennifer lives near Seattle, WA where she enjoys spending time with her family and her poodle, Merlin.
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