(though they paid for a party bus at Wizard World and an open bar from what I hear)
Apparently, over the last weekend of September, while some of the writers and the managers of Permuted Press gathered in Nashville at Wizard World, the announcement was made that it was now too expensive to create POD (print on demand) books so anyone who wasn’t a "best seller" would no longer have their book available in print format.
They kept this secret from the rest of us until two weeks later when they released a form email to the authors alerting us to this change in our contracts.
There’s also the looming question mark of what exactly the great expense is for creating POD books? … But apparently, this is too expensive for a company that claims to be in publishing.
Meanwhile, they’re starting a film production company. Oh… Did I forget to mention that?
As you can imagine the carnage of the war that had begun is unspeakable. Authors are going after one another as the ‘chosen ones’ defend Permuted and the rest are defending their sorrow and sense of betrayal.
We trusted in Permuted Press to take care of our creations, to be honest with us, to protect us from the rest of the publishing world, and to do right by us.
The investor, who continues to remain nameless although I’ve heard almost DC Universe depictions of his wealth and stature from multiple parties, doesn’t care about the writers—he wants a return on his investment and he wants it now.
I've also been told that Permuted is offering to let authors out of their contracts--as long as they pay a hefty fee (four figures, in one case) to cover production expenses.
I'm not sure why an author would have to repay readers for any pre-ordered hard copies if the publisher cancelled production. If they ordered through a brick & mortar store and had to pay upfront, wouldn't the store do the refund?The second book, THE DEATH OF ILLUSIONS, was supposed to be released on Thursday. Yes, this Thursday. Now it will only be available in e-format. Which means I’m going to have to refund all of the money for the other two books to all of the people who pre-ordered because my publisher decided to change the rules halfway through the game.
Can someone shed a bit of light for me on this comment from the Gabrielle Faust post? (bold mine)
I'm not sure why an author would have to repay readers for any pre-ordered hard copies if the publisher cancelled production. If they ordered through a brick & mortar store and had to pay upfront, wouldn't the store do the refund?
I've seen the email Permuted Press sent to authors. In addition to ending POD production, they're "pausing the release of most new titles until early 2015." They say that this is necessary in order "to increase margin in our production schedule".
In other words, when they ramped up production from about 25 books a year to over 100 released so far in 2014, their eyes were bigger than their stomachs and they now need time to regroup.