Ack, bugger the lot of them Tim. I just want to see you doing your own thing and sod the rest. BTW, thought for your next anthology - how about a retro scifi pulp horror collection with a Lovecraft-ian vibe to it alongside some stories inspired by EC and Wally Wood et al. Now, I think you could do that justice, old chap.
Maybe. I think that the next book I publish will be from one of the authors that I've worked with in the time honored tradition of sending everyone an email and going "You got anything you want published?"
I guess right now my issue seems to be the opposite as everyone is suddenly getting the vapors that I would dare say that their independent publishing houses are unprofessional. Obviously, there's a DIY charm to independent publishing houses but when they put out the same shit month after month, year after year, it's not doing anyone any favors.
I saw this post and refused to take part in it. Mostly because I don't think Charles made any sense, and he's my good friend so don't get me wrong. I wanted to weigh in but didn't, you know, because what damn company gloats about not charging writers? We should not be charged, ever! Anyone who thinks any different is a real tool, end of story.
I put my 2 cents in and just ignored it. I didn't even read the full post - just the part where he says that everyone should pile on and then my quote for the "completely legit publishing company." Apparently that Kas Alley Casserole woman weighed in - don't know what her issue is, but she was trying to start a fight with me over Kanye West too - and I blocked her because I don't want to encourage her fantasy of becoming Biggie to my Tupac.
I really got no problem with Charles either. I just find it strange that he has such a visceral reaction to criticism of another small press that he would try to publicly humiliate the critic. If a small press is operating with a particularly terrible business practice (rushing books to print, not paying the authors, bragging about doing things that every publishing company does, ugly covers, etc.) then it should be criticized - especially when it is posting long rambling publicity attempts.
The way I figure is that if you want to operate a small (independent) publishing house, you get one book where you learn how to do it - you can screw up the cover, forget to copy edit, pay the writers a royalty instead of upfront moneys, try to publish your friends on the basis that they are your friends and nothing else, etc. During this time, you learn how to make a professional anthology (or book - I do multi-author anthologies) that you can sell to the public instead of your friends that you meet at small horror conventions. If you don't learn from your experiences (or criticism) and you just keep doing the same crap book after book, then you should be criticized. We got more than enough terrible horror books on the market.
Of course, the other side of the coin is that I make sure to promote and push people that I think are awesome. Carlton Mellick III and Jonathan Edward Larson run cool independent publishing houses for example.
Ok. I did chime in eventually. It became a hate fest, which I found really funny. Especially when RJ Cavendar decided to tell me that no one cared what I thought and I should just shut up shut up shut up (all the while finding links to my books and promoting them for me). The Gary Brandner brouhaha also got raised (apparently pointing out that he was a stupid racist shithead is bad form after he's dead - but of course, he is a symptom of the general racism and misogyny in the horror genre) and by the end two people just kept posting pictures at the end about not feeding the trolls.
I mostly ignored it except in the middle when I made fun of Cavendar and then checked in on my phone while I was reading in Starbucks. I ended by stating that this is an argument that has less to do with me and more to do with the little egos of the people involved who think that if they say enough shitty things to me that I will be proven wrong. And then I posted my favorite video -
Okay, I realize you probably don't want to name names or drive traffic to these sites, but I demand links to the ugliest of the ugly covers. Otherwise, this entry is like tuning in to an R-rated movie only to find the best scenes have been cut out for network television.
Oh my. I actually like the covers for The Return of Spring-Heeled Jack and Morningstars, but Red Simon: Vampire Punk does seem impossibly evil, to the extent that it may wrap back around and be good.
That website is a hideous beast, though, and extremely difficult to navigate.
And now I posted that Vampire Punk cover on Facebook.
I'm blaming you. :)
Oh, I think everyone needs to see it. EVERYONE.
You can share it. I actually delved into that FB discussion that was calling me out. There were some people that were actually saying that I was right for judging a book by its cover, but there are a lot of wounded feelings. Apparently poor dead Gary Brandner shouldn't be called the racist sexist piece of shit that he was because now he's dead. And Kevin Lucia called me a tool (man, the originality of that insult really cuts to the heart of why he's a bestselling and respected author) and then there were people claiming that I look like a fool because I said that charity anthologies were bullshit.
And they have all agreed to ban me from their community of horror publishers/writers. Oh what ever will I do without the respect of my peers in the shitty horror publisher market. I will never be able to go to a convention and trade one of my books for a copy of Vampire Punk.
Absolutely agreed. I've seen some good genre anthos, so I know it's possible. But I've also seen (and been included in) some very, very cringe-worthy ones...
Those are the worst too, because you can't exactly say "This is a piece of shit" because the editor just bought your story and you have to be nice about it. And of course, if you hate the other stories in the anthology, what does that say about your story?
My favorite bad sale still has to be when I sold "Mountain of God" to an anthology and realized that when I was reading the introduction that the editor bought it because he took the rambling conspiracy theories of the main character seriously. I later found a blog post by that guy with David Duke videos and verbiage about "maybe he is right."
I later re-sold Mountain of God to Bill.
LOL. There should be a word for that feeling o: "uh,oh, this antho truly, deeply sucks, and I'm in it... That must mean that I truly, deeply suck..."
My favorite bad sale would have been to a guy who was a notorious disaster (the editor's grammar was like a bad joke) when I was just getting started. Fortunately - most would say inevitably - the thing tanked, and I was able to sell the tale somewhere else, and actually get paid for it.