Can someone explain why Amazon is causing this? What is it in their policy that's causing small publishers to go under?
Where I think I was also misunderstood (elsewhere) was in expressing my sadness that authors with literally no money to pay for the upfront costs of self publishing, can no longer send a great book to a small publisher and have it blow up, and be able to make money. With the only viable choices being mostly the Big Five or self publishing (hopefully not entirely but it's kind of the way things are heading) it cuts out what was a fabulous option for the poor and struggling.
What worries me more is the health of even smaller publishers.
The authors whose titles aren’t finalized as of today will have the rights reverted back to them.
Has anyone tried to get their rights back? According to the February email:
That describes my situation. Are my rights automatically reverted back, and can I start submitting elsewhere? Or do I need to wait for confirmation from them? Do I need to email them to get my rights officially reverted back to me? (This is what I assume...) Not sure what to do.
We just got an email saying they aren't closing after all but are open to submissions only to in house authors at present.
No actually I understand it, she's made it virtual only instead of paying for an office, and all these other changes to lower overheads etc... so she feels a smaller scale operation could work now.
My email has been acting really weird today. Opening up the spam folder instead of inbox when inbox clicked and then not even letting me out of it. Like locking me in the spam folder, and not letting me delete the spam emails, or read the inbox emails even when I refreshed the page.I'm feeling really unsure about this. The editors are still fired, I assume? (The e-mail mentioned hiring someone for some publicity for new releases, but no other new hires).
Once the books are edited and out there, I guess they're essentially passive income, so I can see the appeal of keeping people from pulling all their titles. But I'm not feeling too confident in the company right now... too many turn-arounds, too much drama that I think should have been avoidable. (Not the financial stuff, just the months of will-they-won't-they).
I've really enjoyed working with Samhain in the past, but I'm not eager to submit anything to them again in the future, which is too bad.
.Too much drama that I think should have been avoidable. (Not the financial stuff, just the months of will-they-won't-they).
I'm feeling really unsure about this. The editors are still fired, I assume? (The e-mail mentioned hiring someone for some publicity for new releases, but no other new hires).
My heart goes out to the authors who had started to make plans and got ready to shift their careers and their books and now have had the rug pulled out from them for a second time. Some folks have spent time and money figuring out how to cope with large back lists returning to them...and now?
People who weren't under contract wanted their rights back because of poor sales and then those who were under the 7 year contract were not allowed to get them back regardless if Samhain was closing or not.