SFWA responds to Random House regarding Hydra

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Science Fiction Writers of America have responded to a letter from Random House regarding their imprints Hydra and Alibi.

Yesterday, I posted links to the blog of John Scalzi, SFWA’s president, in which he tore into Random House and examined an Alibi contract. SFWA’s letter boils it down for you, in case you didn’t have time to wade through Scalzi’s two long blogposts. (Although I highly recommend you do. It will help you recognize similar scams in the future.)

SFWA goes on to say this:

The contracts of these imprints mean that SFWA will now be watching Random House very closely. If the egregious features of Hydra and Alibi’s contracts begin to make their way into the contracts of Random House’s other imprints, particularly Del Rey and Spectra, we will be required to act, up to and including delisting Random House as a whole as a qualifying market for SFWA.

Clearly, I stand with SFWA on this issue, and I am very glad to see that they are taking punitive measures against Random House. I do not want to see this become the new standard for publishing.

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