Have you seen the stories about Kensington sueing mega-blogger Heather B Armstrong for breach of contract?
yup, I sure have.
There's a link at Media Bistro's Galleycat
and a lot of others too.
In a nutshell, Heather Armstrong was approached about doing a book for Kensington. She has an agent. The agent negotiated the deal points and fired off an email to Kensington saying "ok, we've got a deal".
Meanswhile back at the ranch, the original editor at Kensington left for Simon and Schuster. Heather Armstrong wouldn't sign the contract. What she says now, what she said then, what Kensington said or did is grist for the mills of Blog which grind fine, fast, and rarely separate wheat from chaff.
Here's the problem: the agent agreed to the deal. That is how publishing works. We hammer out deal points and THEN get things in writing. I've had authors deliver books before the contracts arrived (unusual, but not impossible). I'd be a total nitwit to say there wasn't a deal in place if Heather Armstrong hadn't actually signed the documents.
This author clearly didn't understand this. She didn't understand that her book deal is not contingent upon the editor being the same from start to finish. And it's really really not dependent on how she 'feels' about any of this.
What I don't understand is why Kensington sued. I've had clients go apeshit in deals. The publisher usually backs away as fast as they can. They don't want crazy and unhappy authors.
I don't understand how it got to litigation either. Usually there are few steps before calling in the Shysters, first among them is your agent saying "hey there, time to get your head out of your dooce and fix this".
Bottom line is Kensington is getting an anthology, all of us are getting a wake up call that people who blog aren't always "writers" who've spent any time learning how this industry works.