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Dorchester Publishing De-Listed by Mystery Writers of America

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In a unanimous vote, the National Board of Mystery Writers of America decided to remove Dorchester Publishing from its influential Approved Publishers list–making any Dorchester titles published after October 6, 2010 ineligible for the Edgar Awards.

eReads has a quote from the official memo from Richard Curtis: “[T]he publisher must not wrongfully withhold or delay royalty payments to authors. We have been hearing an unusually high number of reports from our members of unpaid advances and withheld royalties on their Dorchester books … The board made it clear to Dorchester that it is welcome to re-apply once these problems have been cleared up.”

The recently de-listed Harlequin, but reinstated them when the publisher “agreed to abide by all of our existing criteria for inclusion.”

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