Thursday, November 15, 2012

(Another) Emergency Alert

Chicks and Dicks Emergency Alert (CADEA) BeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeP!



This is an alert by the Chicks & Dicks Emergency Alert system, especially for all authors. JR Loveless and Theo Fenraven have posted information that is important to you if you're considering submitting to Silver Publishing. Theo Fenraven's post is here: Silver's Shit Goes Public JR Loveless' post is here: Silver Rumors & Author Support.

If you are considering submitting to Silver Publishing, please read these important posts first, so that you can make a fully informed decision. For further investigation, please see Tuesday's Emergency Alert.

We offer this information as a service to our readers, and can make no assertions as to the veracity of Theo Fenraven's or JR Loveless' claims. (But we bothered to send out an alert...)

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17 comments:

  1. So... as a reader and not an author, do we boycott Silver Publishing? Buy these authors' books from another source or what?

    Help!

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    1. Laura, none of us are Silver authors, but hopefully one will wander by and let you know. :-)

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    2. Just poked my head in, Laura, to say that to boycott would only hurt the authors who have decided to stick around. My two cents of course.

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    3. I got my rights back from Silver. Still waiting to get paid for last quarter due on 15 Nov. Had no payments from Amazon, Bookstrand and any others all year. One payment from Are. I usually keep my head down and say nothing. I'm not a troublemaker but to be honest I've had enough. This publisher is still contracting new authors. So do we keep quiet and say nothing or stand up and be counted. The money is being paid by these third party distributors so where is it going? I know authors are worried if they say anything other publishers wont want them because they are trouble makers. I think this is wrong. There is a lot of talent at Silver and I'm sure publishers are professional enough to understand people are going to get a little upset at not being paid.

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    4. Personally, as a Silver author who has chosen not to pull my rights, the only way your favorite authors will ever see their royalties owed, would be to continue to buy our books. It helps that you buy them so that not only authors that have chosen to stay but those who've jumped ship, will eventually get paid.

      In my humble opinion, and now on my fourth career as a self-employed person, every company has growing pains and every business owner makes unfortunate decisions that hurt the company. If you look at the stable of authors and the massive amount of talent that has agreed to stay with Silver, you must agree that I am not alone.

      I will only say that it is terribly unfortunate that a lot of great authors are now facing tragic choices because of Silver's problems, but fanning the flames like some have done in viscious and vitriolic ways, never helps anyone.

      Karma is a great thing when it comes to sorting the chaff. If I were a publisher looking to contract with an author or hire an editor, I would never hire someone who has publicly trashed a company for any reason the way some have. What a stupid short sighted thing to do. You are only HURTING authors.

      Leiland, the owner of Silver has mapped out a repayment plan with a team of accountants for the benefit of all of us. He has stepped up to the plate, admitted his shortcomings in management of our royalties and has kept all avenues of communication open. What he has not done is vanish with all of our royalties into thin air as most publishers who go under, do.

      I beg the readers to continue to buy our books and I have every faith that you will. I beg the authors who've left Silver, as is their right, to try to keep their negativity in public forums to a minimum. Like I said, fanning the flames only hurt all of us, including yourselves.

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    5. I am trying to remain polite over this situation but honestly, every time I see the word *boycott* I want to scream.

      If you want to bring another publisher down by a boycott then go ahead, but the people who are affected are the authors who choose to remain with the publisher.

      Whether we are loyal or stupid, it is our decision, no one else's. In the meantime not buying books from the publishers means less chance of us seeing our royalties.

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  2. As a Silver author, up until yesterday, I had dismissed the rumors, even when they were rampant at GRL last month. Sadly, they weren't rumors.

    I have always gotten paid, but with no detailed royalty statements, only a summary. The last time I got a payment was Monday of this week, but no statement or summary.

    I did request the rights to my two titles, and received them pronto, as promised, so as far as I'm concerned, I'm out. After going through the upheaval of my first publisher in July/August, I felt it was best for me to jump ship and move on.

    Up until this mess, I was very satisfied with Silver and I'm sad that the business is seeing trouble. However, my husband always wondered how they could pay 60% royalties and stay afloat.

    I do wish them well, but I just can't be a part of the healing.

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    1. I did tell you. Perhaps because you didn't complain you got paid who knows?

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  3. So as a reader and someone who has purchased many books from Silver over the last few years, it might be a good idea to back up our copies of the books we've bought from there just in case they close their doors permanently.

    I've had my computer crash before and depended on the website libraries to be able to download books again. I've also lost books because publishing sites had closed down and I no longer had access to downloads that I had deleted by accident, from my PC. :(

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    1. Oh, that's a very good point, Patricia! Did you hear that everyone?

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  4. There's also the report from Mercy Celeste here: http://mercyceleste.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/rumors-sometimes-have-way-of-being-true.html

    Her post goes into more detail as to the situation going on there.

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    1. What a mean spirited thing to do to fellow authors!

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    2. I think expecting people to shut up and keep this horrible mismanagement a dirty little secret is a worse thing to do to fellow authors! I am glad Ms. Celeste stood up for herself and let any up-and-comers know what they could be getting into.

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  5. I'm a Silver author and have been satisfied with everything except the late 2nd 1/4 royalty payment this year (but it did come eventually) and the 3rd /14 I'm still waiting for. L has shown himself to be naive as a businessman but not dishonest, and I do not doubt he will return every author's rights if Silver folds. Readers should continue to buy books directly from Silver unless they want it to fold, and of course back them up on a 2nd hard drive, as they should with all e-books.

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  6. Hi all, just catching up on my week and wanted to reply. I’ll start by saying I wear the "reader only" hat.

    Even with all the negativity surrounding Silver, I won’t let that sway me one way or another if I want to buy a book at silver. I just want to read a good book. So if I find one at silver, I will buy it as long as they are still selling them. I wanted to make this comment so the authors, who are still with silver, know that most readers will not boycott b/c of the messed up business practices w/in silver. I will only avoid them if they don’t deliver the product I purchased.

    With that being said, I also think each author has to make the best decision for their own situation. I am not involved in the pub world. I was involved for years in business contracts and tend to look at things black and white. Which works sometimes, others not so much. (obviously my opinion here is solely based on what I have read so keep that in mind). If the contract states a royalty pay out schedule is due to an author based on the books sold then why aren't the authors being paid appropriately? That is what I took away from the information I have read so far. When a contract is breached (especially surrounding cash money) it becomes a big issue for the person who was "screwed". If the authors put personal ties aside with the publisher, can you honestly say, deep down inside that you trust the publisher now after defaulting on the contracts. I see it as embezzlement if funds that were contracted to be paid a certain way, then were used to pay off something else.

    I would just hate to see all the great silver pub authors fall victim again but it is ultimately your decision whether you stay. I’m an avid reader but I like to stay informed and when I read about this issue my first reaction was “this is wrong”. So unless there is “false” information being spread about Silver not paying the royalties due to their authors, my reaction is the same. It’s wrong. This is a tough situation and I wish ALL authors (those who stay and those who left) the best of luck.

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  7. Reader here - my biggest problem is that SP is very actively seeking new authors when they haven't honored their contracts with the old ones. Where is the money to pay the newbies? Or will they be the ONLY ones getting paid in full, while the old authors wait on for what they are owed? Sorry, Silver, but this is looking very Ponzi-like to me, so I won't be buying from you until everyone is paid up.

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