Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Writer Loses Her Contract with a Publisher because She Self-Published

I saw this link today on Kindleboards, and I'm reposting it, because I think it's important.

Writer, Kiana Davenport, lost her contract with Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin (according to The Passive Voice Blog ), because she electronically self-published her award winning short stories in a collection called Canibal Nights, Pacific Stories. The publisher demanded that she take down the stories and remove all mentions on Google--an impossibility--or she would lose her contract for her novel. It seems there was no non-compete clause in her contract, so she may not have to return her $20,000.00 advance. I'm not clear on that particular.

The story makes me wonder: Why does the publisher see the publication of her short stories as a threat? One issue: the stories were published on Amazon, major competition, but it would make more sense if the publisher realized that publication of Davenport's short stories would actually increase sales of her novel.

This is another sad example of trad publishing losing sight of reality.


Rachel said...

Red sent me.

Suzanne Tyrpak said...

Hi Rachel, Thanks for stopping by.