Posted in: Azteclady Speaks, e-book publishers behaving badly?, Elloras Cave
Tags:Elloras Cave, lawsuit, Tina Engler
If you are or have been an author for Ellora’s Cave since the ‘new’ accounting system started creating issues and delays with royalty payments, you may be interested in this offer:
I have made the offer to several authors but I will throw it out there again. If anyone wants to band together and request the audit included in the language of most contracts with EC, I, as an uninvolved bystander, will contribute a minimum of $500 to the frorensic auditor’s fee and will help organize a fundraiser to gather the additional resources needed. Until EC’s books are subjected to outside scrutiny I would personally doubt any and all royalty statements any author receives.
Several people tweeting in #notchilled and commenting elsewhere have wondered whether authors could band together and do something to get some straightforward answers about royalties and the general health of Ellora’s Cave as a business, backed with actual numbers, from someone who is not intimately involved with EC and therefore invested in only giving answer that jive with TE/JB party line. Here’s your chance.
You may be wondering who is making such a generous offer and what her involvement with Ellora’s Cave, its authors, or even the lawsuit and Dear Author, may be.
Julaine (on twitter as @julainestone) is not an author. She is a reader who, once upon a time, spend a lot of money buying books from her favorite authors directly from Ellora’s Cave. This has all changed since late September 2014, and the filing of the defamation suit by EC against Dear Author.
After hearing about EC problems for the last year and particularly the August and September reports in Dear Author I made the decision to repurchase many of my old favorites from vintage EC authors. I easily purchased more old backlist titles from EC than I had new/current titles in the last 3-4 years. I figured if the company was struggling I wanted to support both the company and my favorite authors as well as ensure that I would have access to my “comfort reads” in the event that those titles got caught up in any future legal troubles. Wouldn’t the fly in the face of EC’s argument that Dear Author’s report was damaging to their business? It may have put off authors submitting new work or author’s requesting rights revisions but I was (and presumably others) putting much needed short term funds in EC coffers. Now I am sick to think that the money I spent is possibly being diverted from its rightful share holders; the creative talent that I thought I was supporting.
What the lawsuit did was ensure that I will NEVER spend another penny on EC products, now THAT is surely detrimental to the Cave’s long term prospects.
In other, not earth-shattering or even all that surprising, news, EC’s motion to remand the case back to state court was denied: