**Update at the bottom of this post**
This post is written with some of our collective voices.
It’s been a crazy time these past few days. Jane from Dear Author is being sued by Ellora’s Cave.
Ellora’s Cave is suing Jane after she posted this very informative and well written post about Ellora’s Cave and their behaviour which has been reported by EC authors and past employees.
Ellora’s Cave, do you want to silence critics? Ellora’s Cave, do you want to silence your authors?
You won’t silence us.
Ellora’s Cave wants the names of anonymous commentators who spoke about their issues on the Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave at DearAuthor. *side-eyes Ellora’s Cave*
Ellora’s Cave has gone after Jane. Why could that be?
Sarah from Smart Bitches and Sunita have written posts that speculate about why Ellora’s Cave have have gone down this stupid-ass path. It’s ridiculous and it’s so infuriating. Writing this post, I’m checking myself and the words I use because there is some fear that Ellora’s Cave will take issue and come barreling after anyone who dares to speak out.
That pisses me off. Imagine an angry face. That’s me right now. ANGRY.
In one stroke, Ellora’s Cave have managed to evaporate all goodwill towards the company–what little they had considering some of the alleged behaviour they have directed and are directing towards their authors.
Some readers, bloggers and authors have decided not to review and buy any present or future books of Ellora’s Cave.
At the Bookpushers, we have made a decision not to review any titles of Ellora’s Cave. On a personal note, some of us have made the decision not to buy any present or future books of Ellora’s Cave. We’re very sorry to these authors. We’re sorry you’re trapped in this clusterfuck. We’re just damn sorry all around :(. If you have non-Ellora’s Cave titles we are still open to considering them for review.
We find this situation really sad and disappointing because for a lot of readers Ellora’s Cave was one of the earliest e-publishers where we bought our first ebooks and discovered a lot of our favourite authors. This was a publisher that was ahead of the erotic romance wave that we see today. But we can’t support a publisher that does this to a blogger that has stood up for readers and authors rights in the past. This lawsuit was used to intimidate and threaten not only Jane, who reported what was publicly said and what was on record, but this action was also used to silence others and we can’t support or condone this in any way.
We also saw authors gloat and cackle over this lawsuit because they had issues with Dear Author in the past. Yet they were grateful and glad when one author who was plagiarized was given support and given help to track down the plagiarist by Dear Author.
To those authors, you are not a part of our awesome community. Your glee was a sickening and shitty thing to do because these authors could find themselves in the same situation as the authors from Ellora’s Cave (many are NYT authors as well as indies/hybrid too). The state of publishing is ever-changing and there is a lot problems and issues arising from the future of self publishing, digital publishing as well as traditional. We need bloggers like Dear Author because many authors don’t get a voice to highlight important topics and aspects in publishing. To those authors that take glee in Ellora’s Cave’s lawsuit because it’s directed at Jane, shame on you. Author’s livelihood are at stake. I repeat, shame on you. We will not be supporting you.
Here are some other great posts that are a must-read:
Update: Jane is asking for help. Please go to this link for updated information.