Things aren't getting harder. This
isn't market correction. This, I'm
sorry to say, is one publisher
getting it wrong from start to
finish: releasing too many books,
without a support structure.
My first thought, of course, was the fate of Elk's Run. Some other Speakeasy books have flitted on and off my radar, but that's the book that matters. These guys just won't quit, though, and Josh says we'll see the rest of the series. I expect that after what this title's been though, a lot of other creative teams would simply give up. Thankfully, the Elk's Run crew is not "a lot of other creative teams".
I can't imagine in what alternate universe "Rich Johnston" and "credibility" belong in the same sentence, but it's not this one. He's softpedaled the Speakeasy situation all along, due to his having The Flying Friar placed there. It's been made clear: if you don't want Rich raking your muck, give him a book. After his continued excoriation of other failed publishing companies, to dismiss a story that swept the 'net with a promotional one-liner after it was all made public is a sauce so weak as to be indistinguishable from water.
Finally, I've been trying to appeal to the better angels of my nature and not highlight one particular quote from Speakeasy President Adam Fortier.
My better angels are not responding.
I just don't have any passion for this. The last number of months was full of constant problems, and the last week was just full of working ... not even to keep people happy, but just to keep people satisfied. It's just too tough. It's not necessarily a great place to be anymore.
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