I've been biting Anne Stuart's heinie this week for dissing her publisher.
Some folks on other blogs (and here too-)and in the comments section of my posts have taken me to task for that saying things along the lines of "it's all true" "authors are treated like dirt; she's brave to point that out" and "she sells enough that it won't matter".
Two of three are correct.
First, let's all remember there is a difference between being Erin Brokovich and being a whiny assed complainer. Pointing out the deficiencies of a publisher is not revealing some sort of skullduggery, cover up or plot to take over the world one print run at a time.
Clue 1: this is business as usual and everyone who works in the industry knows it. If you don't know it, and you're surprised, you ARE new or a nitwit. Talking in public about "what's wrong with publishing" in general is a whole lot different than "Mira fucked me".
Second, there is no such thing as "a publisher" when we're talking about a reaction to what you post on a blog or say in an interview. There are only people who work for that publishing company and if you think for one minute that people don't get pissed off when they get dissed, well, I'll let you read some of MY mail.
No one at Mira woke up on Monday morning and cackled with delight that one of their authors had bravely revealed all; that now the truth could be told; and, right would be restored to the universe. Nope, the people who handle the orders, talk to the bookstores, file the paperwork and answer the phones thought something akin to "this would be a nice job if we could get rid of the authors". And if you think I'm kidding, I'm not. I've said that myself some days.
And yes, we all understand that authors are the driving force in publishing. We just sometimes wish they understood that you don't move the train with steam alone; you need pistons, wheels, and a guy shoveling coal into the firebox.
Anne Stuart did this far enough along in her career that it probably won't matter too much. She's got the safety net of some pretty decent sales figures. A writer at the start of his/her career who did this? Click here.