Ellora’s Cave has been officially dropped from my recommended Teddypig Top ePublishers List for writers and readers.
Honestly, I do not take my list lightly.
If I know nothing about an ePublisher they will not go on my list. If for any reason I know something about an ePublisher that might cause professional issues for writers or for any reason I feel that readers are being sold bad product I will not put that ePublisher on my list.
After this particular event recently on Dear Author where I can read in black and white seasoned professional eBook writers whom I respect explaining clearly and some under their own names how Ellora’s Cave on several occasions almost undermined their professional writing careers with purely unprofessional behavior and bad business practices I can no longer recommend them in any way. Then Jaid showed up to make things even worse to seal the deal. There is further explanation of what Ellora’s Cave has been doing with everything but a Power Point presentation over at Mrs Giggles.
So this is not an easy decision and I am not saying that Ellora’s Cave is in any way evil. I am saying I would keep them at arms length in any contract dealings I had with them and walk away immediately if that was not possible. I would definitely not trust them at their own word and not beyond anything that was not in writing and reviewed by an experienced lawyer. Sorry what they are doing IS NOT DONE by every other Top ePublisher out there which is why I think they need to be dropped from that list. I for one am tired of thinking of Ellora’s Cave as the last circus for a writer to seriously consider publishing with and not saying so publicly.
There are still several authors writing for them I know and love and their back catalog is full of wonderful eBooks I still need to review but that is not good enough to not say anything. They just are not staying on my list anymore than New Concepts Publishing has stayed on my list. At this point I am simply waiting for more bad news from EC authors and not expecting things to get better and we all have seen this play out before.
As a business and as an ePublisher, in my unprofessional consumer opinion, Ellora’s Cave has crossed a line into bad behavior with their current locked-in contract clauses that seek to interfere with professional writers attempting to work with better Publishers and the selling of contract rights outside their company without the writers knowledge is all sorts of WTF? Bad behavior is NOT a sign of a Top ePublisher and sadly Ellora’s Cave is showing they are not a Top ePublisher and not a good choice for anyone who cares about eBooks in general.
I will be glad to listen if any writers out there wish to discuss this with me. Maybe other Publishers have also done these very same things and hurt their writers without consequence. I swear to you if I hear about it you won’t find them on my recommendation list for long either.
On the other hand I bid welcome to Linden Bay Romance who was recently purchased by an ePublisher I consider to be the best Samhain.