Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night (among other titles), is being sued by Hachette Book Group for breach of contract. The publisher is suing to recover the $500,000 (plus interest) they paid for a book they allege the author never delivered.
Hachette and Grahame-Smith made a $4 million deal for two new books following 2010’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with $1 million paid on signing: $500,000 for each book. They published Grahame-Smith’sThe Last American Vampire in 2015, but despite offering extensions on the second book’s deadline, it never arrived.
Link to the rest at Locus and thanks to Kris for the tip.
Following is a copy of the Complaint with a copy of the publishing agreement as Exhibit A.
PG was not involved in the negotiation of the publishing agreement, but will observe it contains some provisions detrimental to the author that PG typically recommends be removed or modified.