An author’s take on current events.

Sidney Blog Image 123SI 15Dear Readers,

I’ve written, deleted and rewritten blogs covering all sorts of topics lately. I think we can all say that there’s been some real crazy unleashed this summer. I’m looking forward to the fall, the holidays and a new year.

So far, except for a brief update in my quarterly report on when to expect the next book and a Facebook status on my page, I’ve refrained from talking about current events. Reasoning is pretty simple–I don’t know the whole picture. I still don’t. So please understand, everything I’m about to say are my thoughts and feelings based on what I do know.

By now, pretty much everyone is aware of some aspect of what is going on with Ellora’s Cave. As an author I don’t know much more than the average person who is on twitter or reads blogs. Really. There’s nothing that’s been shared with us that isn’t also already out there. It’s a bit scary to not know what’s going on. My career started with Ellora’s Cave. I’ve learned a lot from my experiences there. The last thing I want to see is the company go under. That does not mean I agree with the subsequent events.

From my stand point, it’s a very sad time. I’ve lost the editor I’ve worked with for the last three years. This is the editor who took my hand and showed me what I was doing wrong, pointed me toward resources and pushed me to tell better stories. I wouldn’t be where I am without her. The books I’ve written for Ellora’s Cave wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as they were without her input. As far as the future of my series with Ellora’s Cave–I don’t know. As it stands, there are still three more books to go in the two on-going series. I have no idea if I’ll be able to write those books for many nuts-and-bolts reasons.

The lawsuit going on with Dear Author is, well, it’s not good from where I’m sitting. For up to date information, there are many industry blogs, sites and law professionals giving commentary on the on-going situation. Again, to me this is a sad occurrence, no matter what your opinion of Dear Author is. It has opened a door I wish we’d never discovered.

The most recent craziness is the stalking of a reviewer by an author. To me, this is unacceptable. Stalking, in any fashion, is wrong. End of story.

It is my hope that in the coming months things will be sorted out, readers, bloggers and authors can reconnect in a positive light and we can put this ugliness behind us. That’s my hope. It’s what I’d like to see. Will it? I don’t know. Damage has been done and that breaks my heart. I love my readers. I’ve developed some deep friendships in the blogger community. It’s my sincerest hope that 2015 will see a kinder, friendlier community. It starts with one person. I hope we can be those people. 🙂

New Sid Sigr

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4 thoughts on “An author’s take on current events.

  1. Pansy Petal says:

    I understand your sadness, Sidney. I am only a reader who has gotten into reviewing and a little (very little) blogging in just the past year. But I am also very saddened by current events. The first publisher I discovered on line was EC. I found many authors there that I love to read and continue to follow. A couple of you I like to think have become friends. It hurts my heart that anyone should have to deal with this uncertainty. Not to mention, I was looking forward to those next books. But, alas, things are what they are, so we take a deep breath and move on. Whatever happens, whatever endeavors you pursue, I will continue to read your books. You are an amazing story teller. You keep writing, I will keep reading. Thank you!

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