Publishing Empire?

27 Aug

This is not really a post, just a note that I’m quite confused here.

This video interview was posted on Wednesday August 26th. I confess that I couldn’t watch it all the way through, because I find the whole gimmick¹ embarrassing.

The thing is, I follow #notchilled, and I notice how often EC authors report not having received royalty checks since May–this is August, so that’s four months without payment, which seems to breach the terms of their contracts, if they resemble the ones Ms Jacobs included in her counterclaim.

Publishing empire that routinely doesn’t pay its authors on time?

Publishing empire that fired most of its editors, cover artists, etc. en masse last year?

Now, I have no idea when the clip was recorded, but just last week Jaid Black deleted her facebook account, with a parting post that some people interpret as indicative of potential self-harm. And yet, what I did manage to watch of the interview tended to paint everything EC-related as wonderful and marvelous, and so on and so forth.

Contradictory much?

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¹ Horny women need male strippers to stroke themselves to orgasm…or something.

9 Responses to “Publishing Empire?”

  1. willaful 27/08/2015 at 5:31 PM #

    It’s truly bizarre. Their behavior is beyond unprofessional on just about every level.

    • azteclady 27/08/2015 at 5:45 PM #

      The comparison is a bit extreme, but the entire thing reminds me of Trump swearing up and down that he’ll win the Latino vote. It’s like they live in a separate reality than most everyone else.

      • willaful 27/08/2015 at 8:39 PM #

        Yes! I keep being reminded of Vonnegut’s _Mother Night_… the people with missing gears.

        “I have never seen a more sublime demonstration of the totalitarian mind, a mind which might be linked unto a system of gears where teeth have been filed off at random….The missing teeth, of course, are simple, obvious truths, truths available and comprehensible even to ten-year-olds, in most cases.”

      • azteclady 27/08/2015 at 8:58 PM #

        Oh, that’s a perfect image for it!

  2. Carolyn 27/08/2015 at 11:27 PM #

    I couldn’t watch it. The men were loverly but the women …

  3. Julaine 28/08/2015 at 7:18 PM #

    I got about halfway through and had to close my browser. Between the second hand embarrassment I felt on behalf of Tina AND those poor strippers, the sheer cheesiness of the infomercial style “interview”, and my overwhelming anger that so much money was wasted on that mess I was left speechless. A rarity for me. All those male strippers had to be flown to the location of the filming, paid their hourly or daily rate (which I have been assured was definitely NOT cheap), and hotel, food and transportation rental charges incurred, etc. How many authors and others complaining of missing royalties or salaries could have been paid, the accounting system overhauled, and adequate editorial staff hired to handle the volume of manuscripts necessary to repair their damaged reputation, generate future income and seek out the NEXT generation of great romance writers?

    • azteclady 28/08/2015 at 7:21 PM #

      Sound financial planning seems to have gone out the window at EC with Christina Brashear’s departure. Seems to be, it’s been downhill, ever faster, since.


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