A Supplication to Napoleon,
Eugene Louis Lami,
oil on canvas, 1825.
The painting makes one think of the query process, n'est ce pas?
The news that another e-publisher ( Chippewa/Lady Aibell) will close its doors and the on-going problems with Triskelion's bankruptcy have forced some unfortunate authors to assume another position.
Discussions at Dear Author include the usual claims and counterclaims and the occasional implication that the authors are to blame for their unfortunate situation.
Desperate to be published, they omitted due dilligence, ignored warning signs, etc.
Conversely, some have been accused of instigating the situation because they bailed and/or made public certain concerns.
Dear me. Hindsight is always so clear.
Other platitudes such as shoot the messenger and blame the victim come to mind
One might be forgiven for wondering if e-publishing is filled with incompetent or corrupt fly-by-nighters, and further, is the refuge of the naive and the second-rate.
Someone made an acute comment that some writers have solid reasons other than simple desperation for submitting to an e-publisher - since a number of e-authors have been subsequently picked up by print publishers, based partly on their credits and credibility.
Someone else commented, quite sensibly, that this sort of shake-down is a typical stage in an emerging market.
But these proceedings serve to remind us that publishing -- in any form -- is a gamble.
It's all quite fascinating, especially since each controversy is open and out there, with names -- to a degree unlike, I suspect, any controversy involving non- electronic publishing closures and contretempts.
Piers Anthony's site and the ERIC site provide useful information on e-publishers, waries and warnings. December/Stacia also ran a useful, detailed series earlier this year.
You know you're in trouble when everything reminds you of writing.
From The Superior Person's Book of Words:
According to Mr. Bowler: One who stares for hours at anything out of the ordinary.
Me. My computer screen.