Gimme Back My Money: Penguin Suing Authors Who Didn't Deliver Books
Via The Smoking Gun:
This week, the New York publisher Penguin filed lawsuits against several prominent writers who failed to deliver books for which they received big-time advances. At press time, Penguin has named twelve authors in their suit; for example, Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel owes $40,000, Rebecca Mead, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is getting sued for at least $20,000, and Holocaust survivor Herman Rosenblat is in the hole for around $40,000.
Is it fair? Trident Media Group chairman Robert Gottlieb wrote a angry opinion on the story:
“Penguin this is wrong headed. Authors beware. Books are rejected for reasons other than editorially and publishers then want their money back. Publishers want to reject manuscripts for any reason after an author has put time and effort into writing them all the while paying their bills. Another reason to have strong representation. If Penguin did this to one of Trident’s authors we could cut them out of all our submissions.”
But this is the same Penguin that bought iUniverse, a vanity press that rips off authors. Which side are you on?
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