As a few other blogs, albeit it far bigger and with way more influence than my wee one, have spoken out, I felt I should also do the same.
I stopped requesting books to review directly from Dreamspinner Press a few months ago. I have, since then, published a few reviews/blog tours of authors still publishing there.
My decision for doing so were twofold:
One because it was a new author, and the request came via a PR company who I have a great friendship with and I didn’t want to let them down when this was a tour they’d accepted prior to a lot of the shit kicking off.
The second was directly via the author themselves, again prior to more of the disclosure about just how deep the mire was that DSP was leaving authors in.
I will continue to support all authors who have taken back their rights from DSP, especially with promotional work to get the word spread that their books are back on sale and available again. I will continue to support hybrid authors who are publishing work away from DSP.
This situation has not come out of nowhere. I’ve heard rumblings and rumours for at least 18 months, if not longer, in some quarters but 2019 has seen it reach a level which I can no longer ignore.
Authors aren’t being paid their royalties. That’s no-one’s fault but Dreamspinner Press. I don’t know what happened to those royalties.
I’ve put my two penno’th in across the internet, on both Facebook and my Twitter accounts, but I’d not made an offical Mirrigold: Mutterings & Musings blog statement.
So there it is.