Saturday, September 13, 2014
Writer Beware: Problems at Ellora's Cave
Publisher's Weekly wrote this.
Then, there was this.
(So, is it, or isn't it, a new "publishing house?")
And then this from Publisher's Weekly.
And here's the link to the discussion forum about it at AbsoluteWrite.com. (Newest posts on the last pages.)
But, if they're having trouble with income from Amazon, shouldn't they, I dunno, maybe address one of the biggest customer complaints about them, that their books are waaaaaay overpriced compared to comparable genres and lengths? No one's saying give them away for free, but dayamn how about taking a long, hard look at the market and figuring out that maybe he reason sales are down at the 'Zon is because YOUR BOOKS ARE OVERPRICED. Also, they're likely running afoul of the 'Zon's algorithms with their covers and blurbs, getting whacked into the adult filter. (Here's a hint: INSTRUCT your authors how to set up Amazon Author pages and refer people to THOSE so the search algorithms don't hurt you as badly while you change your covers and blurbs to escape the clutches of the adult filters.)
Now, Cat Grant and Avril Ashton have gone public with their issues getting paid by EC.
Now there's this batcrap crazy shit if you haven't seen it yet.
So, um, not sure what THAT means. I guess if you email bitching about your royalties being late/missing you might get a, what, door-knocking visit from Interpol? I mean, I don't know. Sounds like someone needs to take her meds. Or needs meds.
Then there are these nuggets:
This... (So where's the moola?)
This... (Again, the whole is it/isn't it a publishing house question.)
For years, I've cautioned writers about EC, mostly because of troubling contract terms that used to be standard and hard to get struck during negotiations, but then I started hearing rumors from a variety of sources, editors and writers alike, that things were going downhill.
Frankly? I wouldn't sign with them. They used to be a fairly prestigious name in the romance industry, but it would seem their problems greatly outweigh that reputation now.
I saw this same pattern of behavior before the horrific implosion of Silver Publishing.
I will be recommending authors do not submit to them until there is obvious improvement in the situation and all back royalties are paid in full and the problem is fixed. I know there have been rumors for years, but the truth is, there have been issues for years. There was a lawsuit a few years back, among other things.
Bottom line is, I feel sorry for my friends who are in the process of being shafted. I hope the authors and staff get the monies owed them, but frankly, I suspect they won't.
I also found this blog post by Trista Ann Michaels from March of 2014 where she posts she's not been paid.
Dear Author published this in-depth article about the EC troubles.
It's now being reported on the Writer Beware blog.