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Dorchester Publishing Boycott Launched

Yesterday novelist Brian Keene detailed his long struggle with Dorchester Publishing, calling on readers and writers to boycott the publisher. More than 100 authors have already signed on to his campaign.

Last year the Mystery Writers of America de-listed the publisher, writing: “We have been hearing an unusually high number of reports from our members of unpaid advances and withheld royalties on their Dorchester books.” The publisher switched to an eBook and print-on-demand model in August, and a number of authors have complained about payment and rights problems. Keene has added the graphic embedded above to his Twitter feed.

Here’s an excerpt from Keene’s boycott essay: “someone asked me why we (the authors) didn’t just seek legal means. Well, I can’t speak for any of the other authors involved, but I’ll tell you why I haven’t — because I’m broke. I’m broke because Dorchester didn’t pay me what was owed, and then I gambled to get my rights back, and then they continued to f*** me. And yes, I’ve got a nice new deal with Deadite and Ghoul starts filming next month, but I won’t see checks from either of those until a few months from now, and until then, I can barely pay the rent and eat anything more than Ramen noodles, let alone hire an attorney. So I’m asking you to boycott Dorchester Publishing and Leisure Books. I said above that I can’t speak for my fellow authors, but I can tell you that many of them are in the same situation — or worse.”

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Get Your Geek On

20 sided die.jpg Ummmm, okay, I hate to admit this but I’m sure some of you who know me suspected as much. No I’m not gay (contrary to popular belief and my affinity for wearing vests). I am in fact a geek (see also: Dork and Nerd). I passed my pubescent years retarding my social skills spending many long days and nights in the basement of my friend’s house, listening to the soundtrack to Raiders of the Lost Arc and playing D&D.

Why is this relevant? Because I just spent the past 30 minutes creating and outfitting my character, Caterwaul (a Chaotic Good Half-Elf Rogue with good intelligence but not much strength), on the Elfish Gene website. elfish gene cover.jpgThe site, created by created by Soho Press to promote the book by Mark Barrowcliffe, is a great web tool that speaks directly to his target audience… the D&D Geek he hopes will relate to his memoir about Dungeons, Dragons and growing-up strange. He also has a contest to win a 4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Core Rulebook Gift Set. How awesome is that!

Since the D&D doesn’t appeal as much to the ladies, you might be interested in checking out Angie Fox’s site for The Accidental Demon Slayer to discover your Biker Witch name. I’m Roadkill Ronnie Pothole Jumper. The name generator is just one part of the viral marketing campaign that Dorchester Publishing has put together to help make Fox hit the extended NYT bestseller list.