First of all, I think Stef is pretty dang cool. She was fun to visit with at the OWFI conference and she helped me out A LOT in getting the autograph party set up.
I think you need to keep your options open. Don't jump ship just yet, but have all your ducks in a row to be ready when/if it does come down to that.
In another entry, you had mentioned something about wanting to be sure your readers can get the whole series from one place. In that vein, is it possible for the rights to revert back to you so you can have them published elsewhere sometime down the line should it come down to that?
I'm not sure my opinion actually counts for much since my only publications so far are in the OWFI Report and a couple press releases to local papers.
Don't desert yet. Sit back and watch the situation for a while.
1. sit on your right to demand a release, or cure for breach, if possible, and such rights can disappear
2. skip on over, for example, to the running placement list on fictionwise for extasy titles
look at who's leaving and where they're placed -- 2 things to take away from that list
(a) you're bound to move up in it, right?
(b) but, probably more importantly, if those 3 authors are Morgan, Jeya, Brenna, Tyler, Terri ... that's a lot of traffic to the extasy site that disappears
As for the "only hurts the authors staying" re: word of mouth ... it probably helps more authors out if they can examine the many facets of the situation in deciding to stay, go or submit for the very first time ... I am not equating eXtasy to RFI, but RFI is a good example of what happens to authors when people play ultrapolite on their way out
In answer to Jen's question--Yes, if I pull my contracts, all rights would revert back to me within thirty days.
It is my thinking that writers should not pull contracts willy-nilly. There is a list at publishing houses--of people who waste their time. They share it among editors.
Personally, I think it's smarter to leave books in place until you have somewhere to take them. But that's just me.
Sexmuse, you sound like you know what you're talking about. Could you explain what happened with RFI? I'm not familiar with that. I haven't been writing professionally very long.
i'd send you to the amber quill piracy warning page for starters ... was trying to find some more of the online warnings but don't have a lot of time
and RFI West is still going.
I don't think you should pull contracts willy-nilly. I hope it didn't sound like I was advocating pulling anything. I was only saying it seems like the best option is to keep your options open but have things ready if (and only if) it comes down to it.
The webdite for Extasybooks is incredible. I've tried a number of times to buy bppls there, and it's just impossible.
When I click on Purachase, the book I want appears as 1 in the cart, but no place to purchase ut, U click on Purchase again abnd get 2 if tge biijs ub tge cart. Where us tge cart? I certinly can';t find it.
I run the arrow all over the front page and things pop up bo click on but you never know what you're going to get; something not useful.
I'm trying dewsparately to buy these books somewhere else but it's pretty difficult to do.
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I had the publisher check on this, Belle, and she says that all the links are working...now. Try again?
Let me know if you have problems again, and I'll stomp my feet or something.