Publishing Is Rotten To The Core

David Gaughran

"Rotten apple" by Kulmalukko. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons “Rotten apple” by Kulmalukko. CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

There is something seriously askew with the supposed values of the publishing business.

The most egregious behavior continually gets overlooked, ignored, and swept under the carpet, in favor of pursuing pet targets.

As always, I’m conscious of whose agenda this serves and why writers allow themselves to be used as pawns in this game.

Exhibit A: Harlequin

Amazon is regularly slated for the way it manages its tax affairs. I have written extensively about this before, but, in short, Amazon is using extremely common methods for minimizing its tax bills that are used by every major tech company (and many other multinational corporations too).

You can argue these loopholes should be closed (and I would agree), but these actions are legal. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the major publishers, and the global media conglomerates which own them…

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Paranormal fiction author.
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2 Responses to Publishing Is Rotten To The Core

  1. karen lin says:

    Values? What making the money. I think they should honor contracts. Period. If you are in a bad contract shame on you. If they try to get around what’s been agreed to in writing, shame on them.

    • fpdorchak says:

      These problems are certainly not unique to publishing. But, I think, where the difference is, is that in publishing’s case, we actually CAN take direct action and take our business elsewhere. I don’t think that’s an option for many others! Here, we CAN leave the worldview if treated unfairly, and many are.

      Yeah, “values” is a moot point when dealing with Big Business. But, break our contracts, and we leave….

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