Here we go, another forum myth that needs squashing. I really can’t believe how people can be so naive about things and how they hit the keyboard before thinking through what they are actually saying. And even worse, how they refuse to do a simple bit of research.
Yes we all love a bit of gossip, my god isn’t that what garden fences were made for? But when uncorroborated gossip becomes fact that is when it is dangerous.
I have not ventured onto the Missing Madeleine Forum for a few days and decided to have a gander. Well this comment from one of the posters was enough to make me chuckle at the sheer lack of intellect and knowledge these people have on book sales.
The comment I am referring to is this:
Do you think that the McCanns should be hauled before a judge for not to returning Goncalo Amaral’s books to him, as instructed by the courts? By refusing to do as ordered, they surely have breached their undertakings to a judge and, therefore, are in contempt of Court.
Now for the busting of this comment:
- The books do NOT belong to Goncalo Amaral
- The books belong to Guerra e Paz.
- Goncalo was paid by the Publisher to write the book, he will then be paid for each book sold.
- The publisher paid for the publishing and distribution of the book NOT Goncalo Amaral.
- It is down to Guerra e Paz to instigate any proceedings deemed necessary to get the copies of the book back, NOT Goncalo Amaral.
- If they don’t ask for them back, then it is pretty obvious they don’t want them. As stated by Joana Morais on a blog post it is down to Guerra e Paz:
The Appeals Court agreed with Gonçalo Amaral, and that was a “beautiful moment” that was used to plan the future. “The books remain illegally with their keeper, the McCanns’ lawyer, and I doubt that they still exist. Now, it is up to Guerra e Paz to ensure that the Appeals Court’s decision concerning the book ‘Maddie – The Truth of the Lie’ is fulfilled.” All in all, “over 120 000 copies have been sold”, and the book was translated for France, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
And do you know what is scary? People will read that comment and believe it. That is why there is so many myths involved in this case, simply because people can’t grasp the simple basics of how authors and publishers conduct their business when negotiating a book deal and that is why they need busting.
Just like Kate McCann’s book, Madeleine, all those books printed and sitting on shelves don’t belong to her, they belong to the Publisher and she will receive a numeration for every book sold.