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    D-Publishing / Dymocks

    I can't see a thread here. It might be of interest - I know I would not want to go this way.

    http://www.dymocks.com.au/publish/default.aspx
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    Unlike a traditional publisher, D Publishing enables the author to take charge of their book. We do not need to be convinced that you are worth publishing, and we will actively support the books we think have great local or national potential.

    http://www.dymocks.com.au/publish/default.aspx
    They really could have worded that better.

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    Sounds to me like nothing more nor less than Kindle/Amazon self-publishing and Nook/B&N self-publishing. Bet it won't be long before Waterstone's follows suit.
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    Here's an article about it which I saw linked to on Twitter this morning, and a succinct response there from Carole Blake, literary agent extraordinaire:

    Don't touch it

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    Gawd, what an awful contract!

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    The contract is indeed atrocious, and should be avoided. I just blogged about it.

    Why are people not getting upset about this the way they did about Book Country?

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    Why are people not getting upset about this the way they did about Book Country?

    - Victoria
    My very snarky answer to that is because it's not headed up by a former agent who happens to be an outspoken woman.

    (That is, I think a lot of the criticism of Book Country was veiled anger from SP folks toward CL, for whatever stupid reason. But that's just my personal theory.)

    Add to that a hefty dose of US-centrism.

    They *should* be up in arms over this, though. This contract is completely unacceptable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    Why are people not getting upset about this the way they did about Book Country?

    - Victoria
    I have been asking myself that same question, Victoria.

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    I agree on the US-centrism. I also think the Penguin name had a lot to do with it.

    And to add my own snark: it's a lot easier to get outraged about something if a bigwig has told you that you ought to. I think Joe Konrath's swift denunciation of Book Country had a lot to do with fomenting the huge response.

    Where's Konrath now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    I agree on the US-centrism. I also think the Penguin name had a lot to do with it.

    And to add my own snark: it's a lot easier to get outraged about something if a bigwig has told you that you ought to. I think Joe Konrath's swift denunciation of Book Country had a lot to do with fomenting the huge response.

    Where's Konrath now?

    - Victoria
    I think we're back to US-centrism. It seems to me that Konrath only speaks out against large trade publishers in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    I agree on the US-centrism. I also think the Penguin name had a lot to do with it.

    And to add my own snark: it's a lot easier to get outraged about something if a bigwig has told you that you ought to. I think Joe Konrath's swift denunciation of Book Country had a lot to do with fomenting the huge response.

    Where's Konrath now?

    - Victoria
    I think the Penguin name and Konrath reacting had everything to do with it. The mind still boggles why authors and the industry reacts about some things and not others!

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    Wow. Yeah, this is heckuva lot worse than the Penguin thing.
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    Dymocks has revised their contact, which The Australian Literature Review discusses here: http://auslit.net/2011/12/23/dymocks...-being-wasted/
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    Dymocks discontinued D-Publishing in March '13. Some info here: http://www.booksellerandpublisher.co...=item&id=26471
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