Perhaps I will become unpopular for speaking positively about Ellora’s Cave at this particular time but I feel it necessary not to remain silent. I have been an EC author since 2006 when they first accepted on of my books, Darelle’s Trinity. One of the highlights of my career as an erotic romance author. I felt like a bit of a rock star. Since then EC has published 14 more of my titles. I have always been treated well and paid regularly there and nothing has changed since the current media storm began.
I have communicated personally with Jaid Black and she has always been kind to me, responding to my concerns and queries promptly. I see her as a bright woman who had a genius idea that revolutionized the romance writing industry. But we already all know that part. She is not the first intelligent person I have seen become the object of people’s hostilities online and the mood behind what i see as yet another witch hunt feels again like a mass hysteria in which the truth gets buried.
One example is the furor over sales reports and declining sales claimed to be false reporting on the publisher’s part. There is no proof of this activity and our contracts have a clause allowing us to audit the company if we choose. This clause enforces accountability. Moreover, even though my own sales have declined as well in recent months, I know that is beyond the publisher’s control. I am also a publisher in addition to being an author, (having needed to exercise my own entrepreneurial spirit while still keeping EC as an important part of my career) and I know firsthand the vagaries that pass with Amazon, the frustratingly dwindling sales and revenues that have been happening there in recent times. It is nothing EC has done in trying to screw over us authors. There really is soemthing going on that is affecting so many.
The other thing I find upsetting is the clamor by some to boycott EC books. Whatever the rationale for that action, I can feel nothing but upset. One cannot try to break the publisher without injuring its authors. We authors work hard. We have written our hearts and souls into our books, praying that readers out there will buy them not only so we can earn a living but so that the reader will enjoy them. Now there are people trying to get others not to buy these books and make an already difficult career to make a living in even more difficult.
Well, that is really all I have to say. I am not a big famous name in the erotic romance industry and so I doubt many people will even see this post but I just wanted to come out publicly with these feelings and thoughts simply because I am unhappy about seeing Jaid get so publicly trashed when she has been such a positive force not only in my life but in so many others as well, not to mention for the genre of romance as a whole.