Heh, the "discussion" on Dark Castle Lords has grown and become more lively since I last mentioned it, no doubt because the folks of the publishing house and their ardent cheerleaders have finally noticed its existence and have since come to the "rescue" of their establishment. I will never understand why a sensible and clear explanation from the publisher is not forthcoming, since they can surely explain things if they are doing nothing wrong, no? Instead, they are using their internal loop to stir authors up into lambasting Emily Veinglory for being mean and what not. My favorite comment is from the self-proclaimed reader with no personal investment who then proceeded to talk about things related to the operation of Dark Castle Lords that no mere reader will know about. Hilarious, I tell you. Think about it. You buy books from Ellora's Cave. Do you know how they work behind the scenes?
In a way, I understand why the authors are so determined to believe the best of their publisher. Most of them are no doubt new and are so pleased that someone has finally noticed and deemed their brilliant literary works worthy for publication that of course they will cling to that belief until reality finally steps in. This is why there will also be writers who know their basics but will at the same time forgo common sense for self-delusion because of the desperation/need to see themselves published - these are the ones who will go, "I know paying my publisher to print my books is vanity publishing, but my publisher is one that has treated me well so far so I have no problems paying them to keep published as I think they are the good guys. So you are wrong to call them on such an practice!"
Eventually, some of these new authors will get burned and wise up, but some will keep mass-deluding themselves, such as those in the above mentioned "discussion" that insist that Dark Castle Lords are the good guys compared to Ocean Mist Press and PublishAmerica. Dude, that's really setting the bar low.
Taking chances on new epublishers is always a gamble, yes, but that doesn't mean all new epublishers are bad. It's just that when things start to look fishy about an epublisher, dig deep and see what you can discover about these fishy matters. Insisting that an epublisher is infallible because you're too proud to admit that you are getting fleeced or because you refuse to believe that anyone who recognizes the "genius" of your work is having problems as bad as claiming ignorance on how the publishing system works in my opinion. If Dark Castle Lords don't clear matters up or get their act together and they go under, I am not going to feel too sorry for any author who are aware of these danger signs but stay with them to the very end only to whine about not getting paid or their books getting tied up in the legal fallout of the closure.