For those of you who don’t want to go through the site to find every piece I’ve written in the last week about Random House/Hydra, bad book contracts and why a “no advance” business model is generally no good for writers, even from an eBook publisher, here they all are in one handy list. In order of their publication:
There, I think that gets us all caught up for now.
I do want to add one quick note, regarding eBook-only publishers (or “eBook first” publishers, which are more or less in the same boat). One might suppose, looking at the various pieces, that I have a thing against eBook-only publishers. That’s entirely not true. I have a thing against publishers who don’t pay advances, and unfortunately it appears a number of eBook-only publishers want to bake not having advances into their business model.
Show me the eBook-only publisher who pays actual advances (i.e., more than a token sum) for the work writers do, and otherwise treats writers fairly and equitably, and I’ll show you the eBook-only publisher I am just fine with.