From author Naomi Clark:
So UNDERTOW has been out a few weeks now and it’s picking up some awesome reviews (thank you, awesome reviewers!). And if you read those reviews, and the ones over on Amazon, you might notice a common theme occurring. People are talking about the series. As in, is UNDERTOW a standalone, the first in a series, or part of an existing series?
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But yes, there are other Ethan Banning stories. And no, I don’t actively promote them anymore. They are available for sale on Amazon and wherever else you can buy ebooks (I think), but you won’t find links to them here. Why?
Because they are published by Damnation Books and I, as well as other authors have concerns about, problems with, and in some cases legal rulings against Damnation Books and its sister company, Eternal Press. By and large, I’d decided to keep quiet and not rock the boat, because I’m not a fan of confrontation and I have neither the time nor the energy to devote to messy online/legal battles.
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However, having been told in no uncertain terms by Kim Gilchrist of DB that she has no interest in renewing my contracts with them because A) I don’t promote my work with them and B) I said a mean thing about them on Twitter, I kinda feel like, “well, why not?” Why not add my voice to the others? After all, somehow, DB is still in business and acquiring authors, and I feel like those authors should have all the facts available to them before they sign their books away.
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A) I don’t promote my DB books. Well, no, not anymore. When I first signed with them in 2009 however, I promoted like a crazy person.
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And I didn’t reap any benefits for it. My royalty checks from DB have always been on time and they have always been poor. Initially, I received an actual check from them each quarter, and frankly they were not worth the cost of cashing them. After I’d travelled to my bank, paid the fees for having the money converted from dollars to pounds, and gone home again, I had no money left. I switched to getting payments via Paypal as soon as I could, and I’m delighted to say that once a quarter I am able to treat myself to a fancy chai latte from Starbucks with my DB royalties.
And that’s royalties across four titles, plus a handful of novels and novellas I edited for them. So it’s not just that my books don’t sell. Those books I edited don’t sell either, and I know how hard those authors worked to promote them too.
So yes, over time I became disillusioned with how little return I was seeing for my effort and I did stop promoting so hard.
At the same time, I was signing contracts with Evernight Publishing, and for various reasons I wasn’t able to scream from the rooftops about my titles with them either. And yet my royalties with Evernight have grown every quarter and my books with them have consistently been ARe bestsellers, as well as cracking some bestseller lists on Amazon for their genres.
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I could tell you more, about my experiences as an editor, but out of respect for the authors I worked with, I won’t. I will say that I see, quarter after quarter, books that have sold zero copies, books that deserve to be selling lots of copies, books that I and the authors worked extremely hard on.
I once contacted Kim regarding low sales, asking her opinion on why sales were so low and asking what I and Damnation Books could do to raise the profile of my titles. I got back a snippy email (which I regret I didn’t keep) placing the blame entirely on me.
Link to the rest at Begin in the Dark and thanks to Tez for the tip.