Her novel was pulled for plagiarism. Her explanation was too.

An author’s personal essay explaining why she plagiarized parts of what should have been her debut novel was removed from a literary website on Monday, after the essay itself also turned out to have contained plagiarized material.

The author, Jumi Bello, had reached the final stages of publishing her book when she admitted to having plagiarism, she wrote in the essay, which was published on Literary Hub on Monday. The essay portrayed her story of mental illness and the pressure of producing a debut book, and examined how she had allowed herself to accept the ethical sin by copying someone else’s work.

Her novel, “The Leaving,” was scheduled to be published this summer, but was canceled after she revealed the plagiarism to her publisher, Riverhead Books, in December. The book was about a young, black woman’s unexpected pregnancy. In her essay, Ms Bello said she had never been pregnant and had searched for more detailed descriptions of the pregnancy online.

“I say to myself I just borrow and change languages, ” Mrs. Bello, 30, wrote in the essay. “I say to myself that I will rewrite these parts later in the editorial phase. I will make this story mine again.”

Shortly after the essay was published, other authors and publications, including Gawker, noted similarities between Mrs. Bello’s description of the origins of plagiarism and the work of others.

The Literary Hub removed the essay later on Monday, saying in a statement: “Due to inconsistencies in the story and, crucially, a further incident of plagiarism in the published piece, we decided to withdraw the essay.”

Mrs Bello was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Jonathan Bailey, author of the website Plagiarism Today, wrote on Monday that Ms. Bello’s essay “included poor rewriting without attributing an article I wrote over ten years ago.” He said her writing process, which included copying other works with the stated intent to change the writing later, was flawed and made plagiarism inevitable.

“The way you avoid plagiarism is not to ‘change the language’, but never to have that language in your original work in the first place,” he wrote.

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