Saturday, July 27, 2013
There's a writing website I visit nearly everyday to find out which publishers have submissions calls or which publishers I should avoid. For the last several months, one writer has been posting many, many messages about how Publisher X has been mistreating her by not sending royalty statements, royalty checks, not responding to emails, etc. The writer made it appear she was posting not only to vent but to warn other aspiring authors away from Publisher X. I admired this because there are a lot of publishers out there who will take advantage of newbie writers who don't know any better, and there's precious little information out there to warn them.
Today I visited the website and there was a post from the writer, whose last post bragged about filing a class action lawsuit, saying she had an announcement. A link led back to her website where she'd written that she and Publisher X had "amicably settled" the lawsuit. That's it. After months of ranting and raving, the writer ended her soap opera with a whimper, not a bang. That's her prerogative, but what's really bugged me is how she deleted all the posts that described Publisher X's mistreatment. When other posters asked her about it, she said that the settlement with Publisher X prevented her from discussing its terms.
What bothers me is that by deleting her posts, the writer has taken away valuable information that would have been helpful to newbie writers in making decisions about where to submit their work. Obviously, I don't have the whole story because it might very well have been that the writer exaggerated her plight and had to delete the posts because of the inaccurate portrayal of Publisher X. However, I doubt it because there are lots of other writers who are having the same problems with Publisher X. But it still bugs me that the writer tried to rally people around her cause for so many months, only to take a settlement and delete the posts. I know it's irrational, but I feel really irritated by it.