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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Posted in: Azteclady Speaks
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Some of our readers may know that Torquere Press LLC is having…issues *cough*

However, when I saw this tweet:

my first reaction was, “Amateurs! Ellora’s Cave owes several authors royalties from the beginning of 2015

 

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  • wow. I didn’t know that about TorqueLLC. With the recent news about Samhain, LooseID and Torque are named amongst the handful of remaining, reputable small epubs.

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  • hmm.. I just tried to comment and got an error. Let’s try again. This is surprising news. Torque is being talked about as one of the handful of remaining reputable small epubs. No whiff of non-payment.

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  • Anon
    April 17
    2:02 am

    It’s funny that only one group of people are having “issues” with Torquere are the former owners and their (very obvious) clique. I’ve never had a single issue being paid since I’ve worked with Torquere Press LLC. The new owners are down to earth and easy to talk to, and will jump through hoops to get their authors what they need. They’ve reorganized their editing staff, and the quality of work that’s been published of late has been outstanding.

    I honestly think that this “non-payment” talk is just bitter people who couldn’t keep their publishing company afloat and had to sell it to someone who could.

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  • @Anon: If I were a lot less cynical, and if I hadn’t seen a number of smaller publishers go down in flames before, perhaps I would be inclined to cry, ‘oh, sour grapes!’ with you.

    Alas, I’ve been around long enough to witness a number of publisher implosions that start just like this–a small number of people complain about irregularities, and are called whiners and bitches, by those authors who have been lucky enough not to go through that shit.

    Not long after, a larger group of people complain, and the owners defend themselves and provide more or less plausible excuses/reasons for the irregularities.

    Further down the road, a majority of people repeat the same complaints–often in this number, some of those who originally defended the publisher, passionately, against those “sour grapes” who first dared complain out loud.

    From there, the downward spiral often includes the owners talking about their health, deaths in the family, accusing critics of wanting them dead, or broke, or whatever…

    And so on, and so forth, with some extreme cases (see Ellora’s Cave), going full meltdown and then doubling down, and some just disappearing after some spectacular fireworks (see Noble Romance).

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  • Mark
    June 10
    8:08 am

    @Anon: Actually, for some time now the Torquere Authors Yahoo Group has been filled with the new ownesr posts about Kristi’s ‘migraines’ and why she hasn’t been able to pay everyone.

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  • Mark
    June 10
    8:09 am

    Actually for some time now the Torquere Authors Yahoo Group has been filled with the new ownesr posts about Kristi’s ‘migraines’ and why she hasn’t been able to pay everyone.

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  • Anon
    August 9
    3:12 am

    Here’s a pertinent link to the docket for the case against Torquere’s owner

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  • Anon, I edited your comment to format the link.

    Other readers: it’s a legit link.

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  • Anon
    August 9
    8:46 pm

    … Torquere owes me money that should have been paid by February at the latest, per their contract terms. I’m not any of the named authors above, and I don’t know any of them. The amount I’m owed is honestly miniscule, and has made me concerned if they can’t pay my teeny amount, how much must they owe other authors?

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