As most of you would probably already know, Ellora’s Cave is suing the Dear Author blog and Jane Litte personally over this post: The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave. Many many people, on various social media, have reported problems with Ellora’s Cave. Authors, editors and artists are reporting they are owed money, there are reports of people leaving the company and other strange goings on. Some authors were afraid to speak out. I guess the latest dick move on Ellora’s Cave’s part shows that to be a reasonable concern.
There’s not much I can do but whatever I can do, I will. And one of the things I can do, is publicise this monstrosity in my little corner of the romancelandia blogosphere. Jaid Black and Ellora’s Cave want to silence their critics. They want to shut down public discourse about their company. They want to scare people into silence. Sometimes, it pays to be careful what you ask for. Because sometimes, what you want is the opposite of what you get. Just ask Barbra Streisand.
I’m one of many bloggers, authors and readers who have come out in support of Jane, Dear Author and the blog post in question.
I won’t be buying, reading or reviewing any Ellora’s Cave books in future. I won’t give them 1 cent of my money. That said, Ellora’s Cave authors deserve our support and I’d urge people to consider buying books published with other publishers or direct from the author where possible.
I also won’t be buying, reading, reviewing or supporting in any way, authors who are taking malicious glee in the situation. Not everybody has to like each other. I don’t expect everyone to like Dear Author or Jane Litte. I don’t expect everyone to like me. But taking joy and crowing about a shitty situation like this speaks of the character of the person doing the gloating. And what it says is nothing good. This is not a pratfall. It’s not a funny video where someone gets a pie in the face and wins $10,000. Litigation is messy, time consuming and costly in all the ways things can be costly. Even though the truth is a complete defence in a defamation action, it will still have a cost. What Ellora’s Cave have done is shitty. I see no righteousness in their actions and being happy that someone did a shitty thing to someone else is not something to be proud of. So, please, if you have the urge to do any gloating, do it quietly. And offline. Or, you know, maybe don’t do it at all.
There are a number of excellent posts about the place which are more articulate and have more detail. Links to some of them are below.
Chilling Effects at Vacuous Minx
Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author Book Blog for Defamation at The Digital Reader
Ellora’s Cave, Dear Author, the Streisand Effect and Freedom of Speech at Her Hands, My Hands
Ellora’s Cave Sues Dear Author, Hello Streisand Effect at Smart Bitches Trashy Books
Ellora’s Cave vs. Dear Author. The Beginning of the End? at Cat Grant’s blog
Don’t Do This Ever (An Advice Column for Writers) by Jenny Trout
Author and lawyer Pete Morin also chimes in
as do the magnificent ladies at The Book Pushers
and also at The Bad Menagerie
Kat at Book Thingo posted Why yes, schadenfeude makes your butthurt look big
There is also an EC authors support thread here at Dierdre Saoirse Moen’s blog where EC authors are promoting their non EC books.