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January 5th, 2008

1:27 AM

A thought

I had this thought a few minutes ago and as usual, I am writing them down here without pausing to wonder whether I should be filtering myself before I blog.

We already have the EREC site. We have Piers Anthony's list of epublishers and small press publishers. We have Preditors and Editors. We have Writers Beware. But we lack a free-for-all playground where everyone can play.

So how about someone starting a database for epublishers and small press publishers, but with comments function enabled so that all the Anonymous in the Web can come out to dish about these publishing houses? We can have the closest to real-time praises and flames of a certain publisher. Of course, no doubt there will be plenty of drama taking place every week as a result - imagine the fun of such a site existing during the glory days of Gail Northman's Infamous Email - but I think there is actually value to such unfiltered free-for-all flow of information as well as misinformation. After all, how many people out there actually dared to say anything about Triskelion, et cetera, until it's too late and other authors had already been dragged down with the place? At least with some information, the visitor will have some options to make an educated decision about a publisher. It is her responsibility to determine how many grains of salt she should take with such information, but at least she has the choice, which I feel is better than being completely oblivious.

Then again, maintaining such a website - the equivalent to fuckedcompany.com, if you will - seems like a major hassle on one's sanity. We will most likely need a thick-skinned can't-care-less type to maintain the site and deal with the inevitable drama that will happen every other day.

8 comment(s).

Posted by sallahdog:

OOOO, OOO, pick ME!!! Thick skinned(check), couldn't care less(check), insane(check).... Only one problem, I can't even blog, much less set up a website. Dang, my dream of being queen of the daily crapfest is slipping away from me.

Seriously though, I think a place like that would become very quickly a place that others talk about on THEIR blogs, but won't post there under their screennames themselves (at least amongst the authors and publishers)... You know, like all the people who pretend they never read Karen Scott, but know if she had a taco for lunch. It would be full of anonymous flaming and counter flaming.... Ahh... my kind of place...
January 5th, 2008 @ 5:50 AM

Posted by veinglory:

I would open a book and bet the first threat to sue on lawyer's letterhead would come in less than a year. It would be a flam-o-rama. All I can say is it would take a braver gal than me.
January 5th, 2008 @ 7:07 AM

Posted by Anne Douglas:

Now, first you'd need a nice free phpboard...say like htp://invisionfree.com/
January 5th, 2008 @ 7:08 AM

Posted by Mrs G:

Oh no, I am NOT going to even try to start such a website. I'm not that masochistic! I'll leave that to the experts.
January 5th, 2008 @ 12:42 PM

Posted by Shiloh Walker:

Only thing about the uncensored comments/free for all type deal is that HUGE amounts of complaints tend to come from people who are pissed off either because they didn't get offered another contract, they didn't like their cover, their book flopped... and it can't be the author's fault because they's wunnerful... so must be the publisher.

I've seen enough pissed off divas do just that in the past and without some way of verifying... wouldn't just be a rumor mill?
January 5th, 2008 @ 12:53 PM

Posted by Mrs G:

I think people will understand that even the best companies will have at least a handful of unhappy people and that their complains, however valid, are probably exceptions to the case rather than the norm.

The quantity of complains, however, is usually a good indication that something is amiss at the epublisher. Mardi Gras drama had been going on for almost a year before it finally closed, but unless you follow places like Piers Anthony's, you won't hear anything about it until AFTER the closing of Mardi Gras and the damage was done.

I'm thinking of fuckedcompany.com in its better days when I wrote what I did. That website has its share of flames and praises, but it was pretty clear at that site that the more complains there are about a certain company, there are definitely something wrong with it.

At least, such a website will get people talking and asking questions. I think that will be a good thing, in a way.
January 5th, 2008 @ 1:07 PM

Posted by Barbara Sheridan:

without some way of verifying... wouldn't just be a rumor mill?

I think it would go from rumor mill to over the top wankfest in no time at all, but it would be interesting in the fascinating train wreck type of way.
January 5th, 2008 @ 1:11 PM

Posted by Jennifer McKenzie:

I wouldn't comment, even anonymously. It's too easy to find out who someone is by their style, voice, experiences.
I'm not sure the folks who REALLY have a legit complaint would be willing to step out to say something on a public blog.
But I could be WAY wrong. Maybe it would be just the thing to bring the reluctant out.
January 5th, 2008 @ 1:17 PM