Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, e-book publishers behaving badly?, E-publishers Behaving Very Badly, Elloras Cave, Tina Engler AKA Jaid Black
Tags:Dear Author, Elloras Cave
It has been a crazy ten days, hasn’t it? Since Ellora’s Cave filed suit against Dear Author and Jane Litte, we have seen people saying, “now you understand why EC authors are afraid of speaking out?” Boy, yes, we do.
Which is precisely why the community rose so magnificently to the occasion, and raised the full $50,000 in less than four days–and the donations keep on coming. And, I believe, it’s that response that’s given more and more EC authors the courage to speak up about their own issues with the company. These authors are but a tiny fraction of the total contracted with EC–someone has mentioned 800 or 900 authors total.
At any rate, those who are speaking up have basically given up on those stories they have with EC–and some of their posts are truly heartbreaking, like this one by Lolita López/Roxie Rivera. Cat Grant threw the towel a while back, and all she wants is to have her rights back. Angelia Sparrow, who has been having issues with EC for a while, served the company and its owner public notice here. Zenobia Renquist details the trouble she’s having getting her rights back here. Paige Thomas has reached the point where she’ll rather walk away than continue fighting. Today, Mia Bishop and Alexandra Webb, two newbie EC authors, tell their own stories.
I really feel for most of the authors at EC–both those who just want to be done with the whole fiasco, and those who desperately hope the company can overcome the current crisis and remain viable. I have to say, though, that I just don’t see how that can happen. Publishers can have rough times where everyone on board must tighten their belts, or they can be going down the drain.
From where I type, EC is circling ever faster. What then? Well, it’s not the same for every book/author. Carolyn Jewel, who was one of the authors under contract with Dorchester when that publisher went tits up, explains what happened to her books in her blog.
Deirdre Saoirse Moen explores a way where EC could cut back enough to become profitable again–both for its authors and its owner–in her post Book Reversion, Game Theory and Consent.
But call me a cynic, I just can’t see Tina Engler/Jaid Black ever actually giving anything up. If the person behind the Nut Pub twitter sockpoppet is indeed TE/JB (which I absolutely believe is the case), then we already know that, as far as she’s concerned, once an author signs a contract, then the books belong to the publisher. Forevermore, apparently.
Quick note to newbie authors: we get that you love your books, but please do not compare them with actual human beings (i.e., don’t tell us how your books are your children). Also, co-opting a discussion to spam your book under six or seven different twitter accounts is not going to net you sales, but quite likely will ensure readers of that discussion will avoid your books in the future. There are legitimate ways and places to promote, and when there are literally thousands of choices open to readers, giving them no cause to avoid your books is key to making a profit from your writing.
Edit: I wasn’t going to name names, but just as I checked #notchilled, this came up–again.
— Author Elissa Daye (@daenira) October 7, 2014
I believe at least three different people have ask you to stop–continue at your own peril.