There has been some talk in the Interwebs about the future of Ellora’s Cave. I’m sure most of you have read the post over at Dear Author—I have.
What really bothers me the most is all this is happening and EC doesn’t seem to care about their authors. Especially those of us who are in the now-defunct Blush line. Not only were we pushed aside to begin with—because our books weren’t as racy as their other lines and therefore didn’t make them the kind of money they wanted—we are practically ignored when it comes to reviews and promotion. EC has never promoted me as a writer with their Blush line, nor have they made sure my five—YES, FIVE—books have been reviewed. My last release back in August wasn’t even promoted on their Facebook page like the others. There were no tweets about the new release and there are certainly no reviews.
Now there is the issue of their potential bankruptcy and closing their doors because of mismanaged money. It seems to me, as a business, they know what’s happening with their finances. Wouldn’t it make more sense to release those of us who’s books DON’T make them the big bucks? (Or even small bucks for that matter.) Give us our rights back so we can actually, you know, make money on our books instead of letting them collect dust on the eBook shelves. OR letting them be tied up in a lengthy court battle that will drag on forever. I had three books this year that would be eligible for the RITA awards but they’ve already made a point to tell us that we are responsible for printing our own books if we intend to enter. Why would I go to that expense for that? They don’t help me. Why should I help them?
I’m frustrated and angry it’s come to this. I’d like my rights back on those five books so I can figure out what to do with them next. Because I’m in this as a business, too, and the bottom line is the publisher has single-handedly killed my sales thanks to their lack of interest and promotion in my series. So, yeah, I’m pissed off. And I feel like I have every right to be pissed off.
And to add insult to injury, most of those books have been pirated. Effing pirates. I hope their dicks fall off.
Maybe I shouldn’t have signed the initial contract for the first book. But at the time, who knew what was going to happen? Hindsight being 20/20 and all that.
All that said…I can’t let it kill my creativity or writing. I have to continue on. Worrying about it isn’t going to change anything. What’s done is done.