Okay, my feelings about my publisher are out here for you to read, so I won’t belabor that issue by going back over it. Suffice it to say, we lost authors, and that sucks.
Ultimately, the reason I’m staying with Permuted Press for the length of my contracts is the wonderful bunch of authors I get to call “peers” and “friends.” Let me tell you, there are some wonderful and sweet people here. I could name a ton of them, but that’s not why I’m writing this.
I’m also trying to stay connected to the authors who have parted ways, because they’re pretty snazzy, too…except when they spew feces.
See, I met this lovely chap when I was in Nashville a month ago. You want to talk about a nice, self-effacing, mild mannered, person you want to hug and make pasta for, Derek is that dude. I wish he lived closer, and THAT is saying something.
I like Sean Hoade, don’t get me wrong. His bitterness appeals to me, but enough. Hate on Permuted Press all you like, but don’t involve good people who were (and are) your peers. That is unkind, unfair, and does not paint a pretty picture of you… or generate sympathy.
We have a tough row to hoe, and no mistake, but it pays to be compassionate, friendly, and understanding. Why? In this day and age, your “competitors” are also your best possible allies. Don’t alienate people who can help you, stick with them.
Sean, please don’t misunderstand me. I consider you a friend, a resource, and someone I’d like to eat BBQ with, but be careful where you aim when you expectorate. Derek doesn’t deserve the spray.