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A General Statement: Michael Cisco and Prime Books [Jul. 25th, 2008|01:41 pm]

I am very sorry that we have, in Michael Cisco’s eyes, failed him. And he makes one point that I will concede: we want to improve our ongoing communications with our authors. I hope Michael will allow us to do so in his case.
What I must dispute is that Michael has been cheated. He has not. Our royalty statements are accurate and truthful and easily verified. He has now seen his statement and knows that his royalty payment is accurate.  It would be unprofessional for us to share these figures in public and I am sure Michael would agree.
Yes, we have occasionally fallen behind schedule — and then we have always caught up again. (This is hardly a unique condition in small press publishing. Our goal, of course, is to remain on schedule.)
We believed in his book enough to publish it and distributed promotional copies to various places. As Michael points out, it received some very positive reviews, including from Publishers Weekly and Realms of Fantasy. And we continue to believe in his book and look forward to selling many more copies in the future.

We are always striving to be a better company, and I’d like to invite all of our authors to contact us directly with feedback and suggestions about what, in their view, we might be doing better for them. We are listening.

—Sean Wallace, Executive Editor



[User Picture]From: strange_selkie
2008-07-25 06:24 pm (UTC)
Huh. Interesting. Sorry that's happening.
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[User Picture]From: strange_selkie
2008-07-26 03:55 am (UTC)
I'm sure Sean will see this comment, but I just wanted to let you know directly that I'm not actually him. :)

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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-26 06:50 am (UTC)
oops, sorry Jeannelle. I am not very expert at this LiveJournal thing...Anyhow, I'm sure Sean'll figure it out.
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[User Picture]From: oldcharliebrown
2008-07-26 02:59 pm (UTC)
Brendan: You can drop me an email at prime@prime-books.com. I am going out of town this weekend, but I will be back on Tuesday.
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From: csinman
2008-07-25 11:35 pm (UTC)
I've never dealt with you or Prime except as a consumer, so I want to make it clear I have no opinion about this sudden rash of critical blog entries.

But I did want to say I was impressed with the tone and efficiency of your responses in leahbobet's post. A lot of Internet drama could be avoided if more people would react to criticism in the same way.
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[User Picture]From: samhenderson
2008-07-26 08:18 pm (UTC)
Brendan, do you think it would be ok to state this on our blogs so authors know the best way to contact Sean?
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[User Picture]From: dkolodji
2008-07-27 05:43 am (UTC)

Just a note to thank you publicly for the work you did for the 2008 Rhysling Anthology and how you really went to bat to make sure that we had the anthologies in time to send out. When DSI sent out incorrectly formatted books, you worked hard and efficiently to make sure we had replacements virtually overnight.

I thank you.

As to all that's being said on various blogs, my only experience with Prime has been with the Rhysling anthologies and the SFPA has been more than satisfied with your responses there.

Edited at 2008-07-27 05:47 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: upstart_crow
2008-07-28 01:16 am (UTC)
To echo Deb above, I'm really happy with the last three Rhysling anthologies. :)
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