Some people are gloating.
I’m not. It’s sad, really.
For those who haven’t heard, news is going around on twitter and facebook and blogs that Ellora’s Cave will shut down effective…well, pretty damn quick.
EC gave me my start. For quite a while, I was very happy there. I got paid on time, I was able to tell whatever stories I wanted and I had no complaints.
That changed, yes.
But I got my start at EC, as did a number of authors I know.
EBOOKS, in general, got a huge boost from EC. I think Kindle, as we know it, exists because of Jeff Bezos saw what a powerhouse books like EC could become and he took action to monetize that. Erotic romance and the boom of the indie market, I believe, can be traced back to that huge surge that EC brought to the market in 2004-2006.
EC, I believe, helped change the market. But they didn’t change with the market. They didn’t adapt. They couldn’t keep up and that sucks (IMO). They didn’t treat their authors well (IMO, allegedly and all that jazz).
And now they are going to be just another bygone epublisher that didn’t change and keep up with the times.
The people in charge could have done a lot of things differently and that’s on them. I have little pity in me but I do remember what it is was like when I had all of those books and we were all hanging out on the yahoo groups and things were…so shiny and new.
For it to go from that to this in the span of a decade?
It sucks. I wish all the luck in the world to the editors, to the cover artists, Raelene, etc.
And authors…get your fricking rights back.
**FYI… just a reminder… I’m a snot about my blog. Comments are open, but if you can’t be courteous and respectful…don’t comment here. It will just get deleted. I don’t care if you agree with my opinion or anybody else’s, but do so with courtesy.
Otherwise, I will delete. With pleasure. Happiness. Even some giddiness, depending on my mood. Or it might get edited to reflect whatever in the mood I feel like making it say.