STATUS: I’m listening to Chill on XM. This station is new to me. Do I feel calmer? Hum…
What’s playing on the XM or iPod right now? TAMELESS by Yonderboi
Sadly, Dorchester Publishing has been in the news again recently. I’m sure most of you have already seen the headlines as it certainly is not a secret that Brian Keene called for a boycott of the publisher because unauthorized editions of Keene’s digital editions were being sold after the rights had reverted to him.
I can confirm that the same has happened to several NLA authors whose rights had also reverted.
In response, Dorchester vows to make it right.
Last Thursday, I was on a conference call that detailed Dorchester’s current financial situation where I also brought up this issue.
Currently they are paying royalties owed to what they call “currently active Dorchester authors” (ie. authors whose rights Dorchester currently has under contract and can exploit). I also received confirmation that those payments are happening on a weekly basis.
However, Dorchester owes a tidy sum of back royalties to what are called “non-current inactive authors” (ie. authors whose rights have reverted) and as of Thursday’s call, there is no plan in place to pay these past royalties owed.
I imagine that this is partly what CEO Bob Anthony is referring to when he mentions that they’ve needed to prioritize cash flow and in the end, one can hope that Anthony’s vow that “all authors will be paid in full” will come to pass.
Given past actions by the company, Mr. Keene and other authors remain skeptical.Tags: Dorchester