So I was going to write a post on how I’m coming along on Mercy’s story, on how I will be both sad and happy to see the Virtue Series come to an end, but I find myself wholly unable to do so right now. Instead, I’m tugging out my tiny little soapbox to say a whole bunch of stuff that really only boils down to this:
Just because you CAN write, doesn’t mean you always should.
Ayup, I’m lookin’ at you, Brian Keene.
See, here’s the thing. Dorchester Publishing Company is going through Some Stuff. Truth be told, most of us have gone through Some Stuff in the past few years, much of it difficult and ugly. And there have been people gunnin’ for Dorchester and its editorial staff. It has been well-documented that the company, who happens to publish my books, has been late on compensation to its authors. I am among the authors who had to wait, and who had to adjust to the new ePublishing platform. I was one month away from seeing the physical release of Charity when Chris Keeslar called me and let me know it wouldn’t be happening that way.
The outcry, in my opinion, has been ridiculous. Brian Keene is taking it to a whole new level of self-centered stupidity with his boycott. I’m not posting any links here for you to see what I’m talking about. If you’re interested, feel free to ask the Google about the Dorchester boycott, and it will spit some stuff back at you. The Google is cool like that. Personally, I don’t think anything Keene’s written about it is worth reading.
Like I said … just because you CAN write, doesn’t mean you always should.
I’ve been patient with Dorchester, and with Chris Keeslar, with whom I’ve been fortunate enough to work on all of my published work. From my perspective, they’ve been up front all along about their financial situation. They’ve taken all the difficult hits a company who is struggling to remain viable takes. They’ve seen a huge reduction in staff, which means they’ve had to endure losses of both coworkers and friends, and to worry that those who were let go would find other employment. They’ve weathered the bad press and the badmouthing without, as far as I’ve seen, shooting back or becoming defensive.
I have never been made to wait for an answer on any question I’ve asked. Chris responds promptly and thoroughly to all of my emails. And, while my compensations have been held up just like everyone else’s, they have sent me partial royalties when they could, and are, at this moment, completely caught up. My third book was released, two months later than expected, as a digital release, and I’m looking forward to a physical release of all three of my books as trade paperbacks in August. At that time, they will also have converted my first book, Grace, to digital, making all of my work available in both electronic and paper formats. Additionally, they’ve entirely revamped their website. It’s much friendlier, more sleek and up to date. Pop over (link in my sidebar) and give them a look-see.
Brian, calling for a boycott might make you feel better, but it hurts people like me. I hope to continue working with Dorchester for years to come. And I hope you find a way to stop whining.