Here's a big hunk of clue cake for everyone at the book buffet: don't diss your publisher in public. Not now, not ever. Not even if you think you're right, especially when I know you're wrong.
Anne Stuart couches her nitwittery behind "oh I'm always honest" and "someday I'll learn to be discreet". Honestly Anne, do you think no one from Mira will see this? Well, ok, maybe you think they should. Why? Do you think they will have some sort of Road to Damascus moment and leap up to be passionate about selling your work? Been awhile since you've worked with people if you think that's a good strategy.
Here's why dissing your publisher is stupid. It removes every desire to go the extra mile for you. Every and any.
You don't have to be grateful for the work people do for your books. Just don't trash them in public. People aren't doing all you hoped for to help you? Suck it up, welcome to the real world.
And if by some chance, you DO say something you regret, you call up or email the interviewer and say "I've been a true nitwit in that comment, please don't post it (or please delete it)". You can recover from nitwittery if you work fast. Of course you can compound it by saying "I was right" and "it's only the truth".
And if you want to comment or email me all atwitter about this post here's what I have to say to you: "I'm always honest". It's not true of course. I've learned that discretion is the better part of being a grown up.