You all know that I have recommended Piers Anthony’s Internet Publishing site in the past, as a good source for writers trying to determine whether or not a publisher is ethical.
I want to say that, although I know some people don’t agree, I do still recommend it. I said in my publishing series that you must use your head, and use Piers as one source of many, and that hasn’t changed. Smoke doesn’t always mean fire, but a LOT of smoke, or certain types of smoke, are still warning signs. I feel and have always felt that we are too often forced to keep quiet and let other writers leap into doom because to go public is to invite a shitstorm, and I think that’s wrong (but what do we do, when it’s our careers on the line).
Anyway. I still like Piers and still think his site has value.
But he got something very, very wrong in his December update, and I want to correct it here in case any of my readers saw it.
Under the listing for Ellora’s Cave, he wrote the following:
“December 2007 update: they will no longer accept historicals, and I am told they are yanking them from their lineup.”
This is NOT TRUE.
I have a statement from Ellora’s Cave Publisher (and onetime guest here), the lovely and charming Raelene Gorlinsky, which she has kindly given me permission to pass on to you all:
“I assure you this is completely untrue. We continue to accept and publish historicals of all time periods and settings, from sweet traditional Regencies to extremely erotic historical romances. We do, however, reject a vast quantity of historical submissions because the authors clearly failed to do their research and the stories are glaringly lacking in historical accuracy.”
In fact, the new EC editors’ blog (which is really a great blog, btw) Redlines and Deadlines, just did a post on historicals and historical accuracy on Monday. (And I have a medieval releasing from Cerridwen in February, don’t forget!)
I have no idea why someone would report such a thing to Piers, and I have to be honest–I’ve always thought, from reading his site in the past, that on an issue like this he would take the time to check.
It’s disappointing. I wouldn’t go so far as to remove him from my list of sources to check, but I wouldn’t look to him for submission information, and I am (as I said) disappointed.
New Words: 4,675
Total wordcount: 76,697
The Good: Mystery solved. Two almost sweet moments interrupted.
The Bad: All hell is breaking loose. Bad guys everywhere. Evil spirits abound.
The Gross: Bad guy gets throat cut, that mutilated body makes another appearance.
The rampant drug use: Gotta do speed to stay alive.
Location: Haunted airport
Downspeech:““Ay, lookie be my ladybird.”
I Hate My Work: Is this actually exciting, or is it too easy and lame?