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Posts Tagged ‘Cleis Press’

Summer Cats: Crunchy Steals the Spotlight

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A dog named Roxanne may have snuck into Debra Hyde‘s photograph, but we know the real star of the show is Crunchy, right? “This really happened one day when I was engaged in some heavy editing,” says Hyde, whose stories have appeared in anthologies published by Caroll and Graf, Melcher Media, Berkley Heat, Thunder Mountain Press, Cleis Press, Blue Moon Books, Alyson Books, and the Venus Book Club.

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Today in AMS: PGW publisher options, legal issues

As Advanced Marketing Services‘s Chapter 11 adventures continue (with the top 20 creditors slated to meet on January 12 to discuss what to do next) attention still rightfully swirls around the future of once-profitable Publishers Group West and the 150-odd independent publishers who are its clients. Last Friday, more than 70 publishers discussed their options in a conference call and expressed support for taking collective action to promote PGW publishers’ interests. As a result, there’s a movement afoot to create an Ad Hoc Committee of PGW Publishers which will petition the bankruptcy court to appoint a separate creditors committee composed of PGW publishers to represent their interests.

The must do so because, as Shelf Awareness reports, some of their worst fears were confirmed on Friday after legal consultations: Their books in PGW’s possession are considered on consignment and are the property of PGW. Reclamation rights are limited. In the same vein, it will be very difficult for publishers to get out of the contracts with PGW, which means that the last three months of earnings will remain in limbo for an indefinite period of time, with limited (if any) access to the funds.

No wonder a rogue blog called Radio PGW has popped up to provide some dark humor in dark times, signing off today’s flurry of posts with “from the killing fields of America’s publishing industry–good day and good luck.”

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