An anonymous source gave us the dish on Triskelion Publishing, which has apparently canceled their print program and has had their RWA conference invite revoked. No Dallas in July for you! Why, oh why? Author complaints is the first order on the list.
But of course, there’s always more. Our source got a hold of a letter from Gail Northman, incoming EIC at Triskelion, detailing what happened, and what RWA said to rescind their invitation for publisher appointments and workshop participation. Seems Ms. Northman is angry that details of private email were forwarded to RWA, so she fires back on those who are happy with the “FWD” button by posting RWAs letter to her on a Triskelion-centered YahooGroup. Tit for tat, eh?
Since it seems that there are those that are happy to go running to the RWA for everything including the fact that I am now Publisher or will be at the end of the month… and send details of private emails to Allison Kelley – I’m obliging by posting her letter to us….
RWA’s mission is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy. In striving to fulfill its commitment to members, RWA established standards that publishers must meet to participate in RWA programs such as the annual conference. RWA recognition generate a significant amount of credibility and free exposure to the Publisher who appear on RWA’s list.
As you know, I have written to advise you of complaints against your company on least three occasions. Author have asked me to write to you to resolve issues related to delayed royalty payments, NSF royalty checks, and reversion of rights.
Furthermore, I am aware that you notified authors that most print titles for 2007 will be either be delayed or removed from the schedule. By admission in email, “Triskelion bit off more than they could chew,” and many authors have suffered. Not only have authors invested significant amounts of money to publicize print versions of books that will not be released, they have also missed out on opportunities to licence their rights to other publishers.
A recent review of your company’s website lists 154 authors of which 93 are RWA members, a clear indication that Triskelion found 60% of its authors through RWA. Due to the ongoing problems authors are reporting, and the latest announcements regarding print titles, changes in editorial staff and management, I have concluded that RWA must act in the best interests, of its members and rescind the invitation for Triskelion Publishing to participate in the workshopes and editor appointments at RWA 2007 conference in Dallas.
I’m not taking over officially until June 1st however, in that I have some points to make out. First off two of our editors have now lost their flight money…. and secondly we have lost money in wasted promotion too… so it’s not something that is just down to the authors…..another thing we have not found a majority of our authors via RWA they found us and in a lot of cases here before we even got recognition… I also might add – I didn’t realise one had to RWA with changes in the company management and editors.. editors come and they go.
So here is the thing…. If you are not happy, not interested in working with us for any reason… just let me know I’ll give you your rights back. I’m done… with reading stuff that I sent out – seen forwarded elsewhere… you are either with me / us or against me / us. The ball is in your court. However, I’m here today and tomorrow and I’ll be leaving for Texas before returning home if you want it done now email me – if you are happy and willing to work with me… that’s great and I look forward to it.
And on a side no I’ve vaguely informed you I have issues at home big major ones that I have to deal with when I return..and so you know I have ***edited to remove WAY too much pathos in the form of TMI, because yeah, you have a point, gotta think of the children here *** -SBS.… so if I’m not answering your emails fast enough I’m sorry but I have a lot on my mind.
But through all this.. I hope those of you that are happy want to work with us… we’ll do well and prosper.
Good heavens. Business drama plus pathos equals extra drama like damn.
That said, good gracious. Anyone in the Bitchery want to comment or confirm the scuttlebutt? And if you have your rights with Triskelion, will you ask for them back and shop elsewhere?