I basically said the same as veinglory and they were fine with it.
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I'm considering sending in a 3.6K short to one of their anthos. Do they still ask for marketing plans on something that short?
As of 2014, they have new owners (Partners Kristi Boulware and Joanna Talbot...) per the About page.
This doesn't make them bad people or anything, mind you. But as a freelancer, I think I'll hold off on querying them for work for a time. Management shift to new folks -- who do not list any experience outside this company. Mrm.
I do not know how long Kristi Boulware has been already part of Torquere. I'd rather listen in here and see how a couple more authors talk about the press...
-- Saw a postcard advert for one of the Prizm authors at Readercon 26 fwiw. Hence: research.
How are people finding Torquere under their new leadership? I like what I'm seeing on the website and what I'm hearing on my social media channels, but wanted to ask here as well.
I'm wondering the same thing as EvolvingK, given that most of the problems I've read about Torquere were from several years back under the previous/original ownership.
The authors I've spoken to on Twitter about them were enthusiastic, so I'm going to accept the offer they made on a novella. I adore that they include their basic contract terms right in their offer letter; makes it much easier to say "yes, send me the contract info."
There are others. Note: I'm not making any assertions about the veracity of these statements; I'm just pointing them out.
The former owner of the press weighed in on this too.
ETA: I have no experience with Torquere Press beyond a short story in an anthology. I chose not to submit anything longer to them because their sales for most authors looked tiny, often low double figures. But that was a couple of years ago now.
FYI, another author stating that Torquere isn't paying them:
Oh no. This doesn't bode well. Sean's post was in the beginning of February. I wonder if they've sorted this issue out or it's still ongoing / getting worse? Can any of the authors comment?
The problems seem to be continuing. See this FB post from an author who's requesting her rights back for non-payment of royalties, with the added fun of criminal charges against one of the owners for writing a bad cheque to a different author...
Kiernan Kelly also spoke out about the issue and pulled their titles. What an awful thing to go through.
And a recent post from Julia Talbot:
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Torquere currently owes me money that was supposed to be paid no later than February, per the terms of their contract. It's a tiny amount, but.... sigh.
I don't have a dog in this race but a friend of mine shared this on Twitter this morning, thought it might interest some people in this thread. Short version - it's got worse:
Just received an email saying Torquere will be shutting down.
They're blaming industry saturation, financial hardships, the health of the owners and the "negativity we've had hurdled our way."
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I just had one short in an antho with them. Still I'm sorry to see them go. It makes me worry about other publishers but there's not much you can do but keep the faith.
I read somewhere online that they are reverting rights back to authors within 90 days. Has anyone gotten their rights back yet automatically?