'Lit chick' debacle that damns the publishers

Alloy’s team craft the proposal, shape the plot and create characters. Even the writing of the book is often farmed out to a team of authors. The process is more similar to television writing than most readers’ idea of the creation of a novel and the packaging closer to creating a boy band than promoting a new literary star.

Among Alloy’s hit series are The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, recently made into a film, and the Sweet Valley High books, which became a TV series. This weekend Alloy had three books in the New York Times children’s paperback bestseller list. It did not return calls for comment.

After Alloy’s input, Opal was picked up by Little Brown, a division of media giant Time Warner. Little Brown, too, was unavailable for comment. —‘Lit chick’ debacle that damns the publishers (Times Online)

If this is true, then it may be true that Kaavya Viswanathan really didn’t intend to plagiarize from Megan McCafferty’s novels, since it’s theoretically possible that a ghostwriter did the plagiarizing for her.