Posted in: Dorchester is gone hurray!
Tags:auction, bankruptcy, Dorchester Publishing
I haven’t bought a Dorchester pubbed book in forever. I don’t care about them, and I wont miss them.
There’s been rumours about them not paying their authors for years, and every other week, there’s been talk of the possibility of them filing for bankruptcy. I’m just annoyed that they’ve stayed open this long. Mind you, I blame the authors and their agents who kept subbing to them. They heard the rumours, and yet continued to provide Dorchester with books to sell.
Dorchester have been one of the most ethically questionable publishers out there for years – weren’t they the ones who decided to publish digital versions of books they no longer had copyright licenses for?
To be fair, the warnings were there, and I’ll say the same as I would had it been a small press or a dodgy publishing company like New Concepts Publishing, Google is your friend, if you chose to sub your work despite the rumours that authors weren’t getting paid for their work, that’s on you. Sorry.
As per usual there are exceptions, here’s an interesting comment from a KKB former Fucktard of The Week, Deborah Macgillivray: (Remember her?)
“One of the saddest casualties of this mess is the sister of Dawn Thompson. Dawn did over dozen books with Dorchester. The rights were refused returned, as were mine, and a lot authors. Before Dawn’s death, she turned the rights to her books over to her sister, Diane. Diane is disabled, living at the poverty line (which Dorchester is aware of). Last August she got a notice that one (just one) of Dawn’s books had earned $4300 and a check would follow. A check never followed. This is the same thing that happened before. Chris sent a notice that $10,003 would be forwarded to her and that never came either… I won’t mention the dozens of foreign rights sales… To date, over 4 years, not one dime of that has made it to Diane.”
Now that is sad, and hugely unfair.