WritersWeekly has exchanged several emails with McGraw-Hill regarding this complaint, but it seems they've just been giving us the run-around. We are publishing this after tiring of hearing them tell us they're looking into it.
We haven't heard anything from the accused author, Jan Goldberg. Another writer claims her copyright was violated when her essay was published in one of Jan Goldberg's books without permission. Jan Goldberg also did not respond to the writer.
From: Angela Hoy
Subject: COMPLAINT about McGraw-Hill / Jan Goldberg, author of Homebodies and Other Independent Souls
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March 1, 2007
Jan Goldberg - JanGold1@aol.com
924 Long Road
Glenview, IL 60025
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While "googling" my name, I came across a McGraw Hill - Professional
book, "Homebodies and Other Independent Souls," by a Jan Goldberg. The
publication date was 2000. This book contains an article I wrote and
Once I submitted my article, I never heard another word. Thus, you can
imagine my "chagrin" when I came across this use of my article.
I don't know how many times in hardcover, softcover and varied
ebooks it has appeared without my knowledge. In fact, it occurs to
me that, since I didn't even receive the usual complimentary copy
that many authors give to folks who help them out on a story ...
she knew precisely what she was doing.
I immediately emailed an Executive Editor @ MH. He replied within hours.
This isn't his department, he said, and he asked who my first contact was
with MH. I thought I had made it obvious that I did not know who to
contact and that I hoped he could put me in the right direction.
At one point, the contact editor said the book was published by
another outfit, which McGraw Hill subsequently bought out.
Then I gave him the ISBN of new edition coming out in March.
He then referred me to the current editor of that book.
Jan Goldberg has yet to respond to my email. I put a tracer on the
email and she read it ten minutes after I sent it, but hasn't answered.
Oddly enough, the Google page on which I found all this info
(including my section in total) has disappeared! Now, isn't
that strange? I'm obviously encountering a tad of resistance here.
This is a clear-cut case of copyright infringement - unauthorized use
committed willfully and without my knowledge.