The Gentleman’s Business Has Scumbagified…

The more I learn about what has happened at Permuted Press, the more relieved I am that I have dissolved my contract with them. I was one of the overenthusiastic authors who had signed away ALL rights in perpetuity, without even consciously realizing what that meant.

John F.D. Taff, Dark Fiction Author

So this blog post may not interest some of you, just sayin’.

The business of publishing used to be referred to as the “gentleman’s business,” meaning that it was (supposedly) filled with truthful, trustworthy folks who operated as much by a handshake as with attorneys and contracts.  I don’t know if this was ever actually true, but let me tell ya, on some level, it ain’t true these days.

Let’s begin by extracting the big publishing houses from this argument and let’s deal with today’s milieu of small press publishers, not only in horror but in most of the genres.  The general collapse of BIG PUBLISHING–or if you’d rather see it as a course change in the status quo of the publishing world at large–has led to an explosion of small presses and self publishing.  And in the small press world, there’s an entire spectrum of small publishers, from the fly-by-night…

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2 thoughts on “The Gentleman’s Business Has Scumbagified…

  1. Okay. I read the whole thing, cut and all. Little Mary Sunshine, here, sees it as fortunate that you were able to dissolve the contract BEFORE all your stuff was on paper and you didn’t own any of it anymore. Harsh lesson, but this Taff fella has some suggestions for decent publishers, so perhaps your oeuvre will hit the stores after all. They say when something seems too good to be true, it generally is. A ten-book deal is, shall we say, unusual. You may have actually come out of this on the lucky side, because in the end, you still own your stuff. curtsies

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