Night Shade Concerns

Some concerns about my old publisher Night Shade here and here.

A note to publishers in general, if I may:

If things are going badly for you – as they are for many people these days, let’s face it – that means you need to be more candid with your authors, not less so.  In my experience, many authors are quite understanding of difficult situations and willing to work with the publisher, if they know what’s going on.

If you don’t, it usually makes them mad.  And remember what you pay them to do?  Yeah – write.  They tend to do that, especially when they’re mad.  And they put said writing where others can read it.  Plus, since you’re not paying them, you may lack the editorial control you wish you had.  If multiple authors are involved, as they usually are, this can create a cascading effect as more add on their observations.  This can soon lead to the PR equivalent of that wreck at the end of Blues Brothers, and you don’t want that.

Thus, if you think trouble is coming, let people know that it might be on the way and that you’re working to resolve the situation.

Published in: on July 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

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