morgandawn: (Due South Thank You RayK)
As a follow-up to the Ellora's Cave defamation lawsuit against Jane Little, Sarah Wendell has started a legal defense fund.  Any unused funds will be donated to another legal defense fund for journalist's rights. A win win for writers, artists, readers and bloggers.

Go here.

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)
 

A free e-book on the history of filk music, from its beginnings in the forties to the present.

Help make it happen for Tomorrow’s Songs Today: The History of Filk Music. Only a few days left in the fundraiser to help pay for the copy-edited and cover art.

morgandawn: (BSG Roslin wikidwitch)
Dear Author is a blog that has helped inform new and aspiring authors of potential pitfalls in the indie and self-publishing industry. 

Ellora’s Cave is an indie publisher that has helped published numerous erotica and M/M authors and played an influential role in the indie erotica publishing industry in the early 2000s.  Unfortunately, they seemed to have run into ongoing financial and organizational difficulties

which has led some of the authors to blog    about the situation

and Publisher's Weekly, a publishing magazine to report twice on some of the troubles.

In September 2014, Dear Author also reported on their difficulties. 

On Sept 26, 2014, Ellora’s Cave filed a defamation lawsuit against Dear Author .  In addition, they've demanded in the lawsuit the names of those who have commented anonymously on Dear Author's article.* There are many other paths they could have chosen: publicly addressing  the royalty worries of their authors, explaining how they planned to solve their organizational problems and loss of staff or clarifying how they were going to handle their two years of unpaid state tax liens.

The main contributor of Dear Author is hiring an attorney to respond to the lawsuit (anyone in Ohio know a lawyer willing to help?).    Ellora's Cave’s lawsuit  seems to imply that their owner is  ignorant of the Streisand Effect – something I think the Internets will be happy to assist with. 

Some Ellora’s Cave authors are now asking their readers to not buy their books through Ellora’s Cave until there is a better accounting. Also, at least one reader has reported that when she logged into her Elllora’s Cave account, the books she purchased had disappeared from her  library. In general, it is a good idea to never rely on a publishing house to store your ebooks. You should always download a copy to hard drive, if allowed.

Edited to add: another blogger makes a chilling observation - many erotica authors write under pseudonyms in order to prevent possible complications when linking their real lives to their pen names. 

"....by filing [a public lawsuit against one blogger in her personal capacity] they’re also reminding their authors and editors that they have no compunction about publicizing the personal information of anyone they see as an adversary. It’s not necessary to sue an individual person in this case; suing Dear Author LLC would have taken care of their needs.** But it wouldn’t have sent the same “we know who you are” message. EC has already stipulated in internal communications that authors “include both legal name and pen name when communicating with Ellora’s Cave.” This just ups the ante."

Whether the threat of outing may not be real or even likely, Ellora Cave's decision to reach for the litigation hammer against one blogger and to demand the names of those commenting on the article speaks volumes. How we as community want to respond to this "speech" is up to us to decide and implement.

*Very last page of the court filing.
**Attorneys may bring a personal lawsuit against an owner/operator of an LLC in the hopes  they can pierce the LLC shield and
hold the owner personally liable for a tort like defamation.

 


morgandawn: (Cat Basket Going To Hell?)
Just in case you were wondering how long it takes for RPF to become publishable...figure about 60 years for het and 100 years for slash (although I am dubious of the slashy claim of the second book, unless you consider it UST).

The Amorous Intrigues and Adventures of Aaron Burr (1861)

Blennerhassett; or, The decrees of fate; a romance founded upon events in American history (1901)

So now you know.....

morgandawn: (MoneyDog)
If you're looking for a good intro to budgeting, managing money and investing that also has tips that take into account the Internet age, try:

Easy Money: How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want Out of Life

publisher's blurb:

Pulliam Weston (Your Credit Score), columnist for MSN Money and author of the nationally syndicated column "Money Talk," provides a practical, easy-to-understand guide to taking control of personal finances and establishing financial security. Like most financial advice books, this collection covers the basics, such as creating a financial toolkit, investing, planning for retirement and saving for college. While Pulliam Weston provides insights into these areas-especially for those without a financial background-she also charts new territory with her "60 Percent Solution" and "50/30/20 Plan," both aimed at spending control, as well as getting the most out of your credit cards and what to do if you've overspent on a car purchase. An advocate of online banking, Pulliam Weston maps out the right way to pay bills and advocates account aggregation and consolidation. She also provides a useful resource guide for finding a financial planner, a tax professional and an estate planning attorney. Checklists are included in each chapter, as well as helpful charts and tables that aid in getting and staying organized. This book will be a valuable guide on the path to financial control and security.  --Publishers Weekly

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