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For those of you who might not have seen the news, Romance Writers Of America (RWA) has declared that Dorchester cannot attend the 2010 RWA conference in Orlando next week because of past due contractual and financial obligations.

I won’t comment further except to say that I’m glad this is now “public” knowledge and that RWA has taken a stand on it.

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10 Responses

  1. Anonymous said:

    No, Dorchester is not Harlequin. Harlequin actually pays its authors within a few weeks of payment being due, instead of maybe within a few years.

  2. Timothy Fish said:

    So last year it was Harlequin and this year it’s Dorchester. This might be better than what they pulled with Harlequin, but it seems to me that RWA is becoming very heavy handed. Perhaps it was already and I just hadn’t noticed, but in this economic environment where publishers are struggling to stay afloat I think some degree of understanding is in order. I haven’t looked at the situation in detail, but what I’ve seen seems to indicate that Dorchester is making strides to pay their bills. If I were a romance author, it would certainly make me think twice about joining the RWA.

  3. tospinayarn said:

    Tim, the economy is just as hard on the authors as it is on the publishers. I can’t imagine waiting a few years to get the money that’s owed to me. It doesn’t matter what business you’re in, that’s completely unacceptable.

  4. Anonymous said:

    There are authors at Dorchester who haven’t gotten a check in two years–even advance checks. When RWA disinvited Dorchester, they didn’t say the editors couldn’t come on their own dime. They just said that RWA would not comp their editors, or provide RWA-sponsored events for the publishing house.

    It’s hardly heavy-handed to refuse to sponsor a house that isn’t paying it’s authors. Why should RWA members have to pay to let a publisher who doesn’t give authors money try to attract more authors, who it still won’t pay?

  5. Anonymous said:

    Glad RWA took a stand on the book division. Now it’s time for RWA to take a stand on behalf of the writers who produce for the Dorchester magazines. Most of us are not getting paid. Period. And those who are–report sporadica payments. Some have been waiting almost a year.

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