Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It would be so sad

Hard to even know how to start a post on great big things when I am usually updating about pictures I love, or books I have coming out, or general newsy bits. But so many people are debating the question of plagiarism and now, whether or not to continue to review books or buy books from Dreamspinner Press. I hope they don't follow through on those threats. That would be so sad.

I mean, if you aren't going to read anymore DSP books you will miss the fifth in the Cut & Run series, Armed & Dangerous, when it releases in May. You will miss the sequel to Hot Head, the sequel to Bear Otter And The Kid, and the continuing beloved Andrew Grey sagas as well as Ariel Tachna's vampires. It would be a loss to miss out on what those amazing authors have planned. I mean, there's a whole fleet of talented DSP authors, just go by and check out the homepage, the list is long and impressive. It would be... no more Amy Lane? But there's a sequel to Chase In Shadow about Dex planned. Don't you want to read that? I want to read that. So isn't this the whole baby with the bathwater thing? Ashlyn Kane has a post HERE which is far more articulate than I could ever be. Amy Lane has one HERE that spells out all the points. But it seems to me that to see things all one way or another does everyone a disservice. Maybe we could all just remember the things we love about our genre instead. That will carry us through. And as for DSP, when everyone else said no, when I was shopping Change of Heart around and no one wanted the first-person POV, werepanthers or Jin, Dreamspinner said yes. How could I ever be anything but grateful and loyal? Those things are important too.

16 comments:

  1. every publisher has good and bad, errors and victories. I think it would be very hard to keep from reading books by DSP. There are too many amazing books already published and more yet to come. It would be a shame for anyone to miss out on them.

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    1. Thanks Jason, I agree with you a 100%. :)

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  2. Dreamspinner Press is one of the first places I go to buy books. And it will continue to be. As far as I am concerned they are one of the best publishers in this genre out there. Yes there are others that I go to also but Dreamspinner will continue to be one of my first places to shop.

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    1. Thank you Tiffany, it means so very much. :)

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  3. Dreamspinner will always be the top of the line in my book, both as a reader and a writer. When I first started looking for a publisher, DSP was the top of the "dream list" because they put out such amazing titles.

    I haven't caught up with all of the details with what's going on, but I can't imagine anybody seriously letting one incident keep them from all the good books and amazingly talented authors DSP has to offer. You're right. That would be very, very sad.

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  4. I think what amazes me the most is that if there was a problem, someone should have contacted the publisher, author or both. All I have seen is complaints that the publisher just knowingly let this happen. I have some of my best books from Dreamspinner, and everyone makes mistakes. I like to do a little research before I make a decision and it looks to me like quite a few people have not. Many people are going to miss out on some of the best books because they just don't want to do a little research. If I thought there might have been a problem I would have been contacting someone instead of slandering their name. But it just goes to show how petty some people really are. My support is here.

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  5. I honestly don't think there is anything that would stop me from purchasing from DSP (Except maybe them shutting their doors...)
    As you said there are far too many upcoming sequals from tallented authors to not buy their books direct from the source.

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  6. Totally agree with you, Mary, but you already knew that. I hope that the crazy part of the Internet comes to its senses soon, but I know that mob mentality is kind of what the Internet is famous for, so I won't hold my breath.

    Still, I know DSP has some great authors in the stable and a pretty loyal reader base. And maybe the fact that most of DSP's authors seem to be handling this upheaval maturely will be a point in our favor with people who haven't read our books before.

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  7. Mary, There will always be those people who try to limit or deny another's successes - it is too bad they are attacking DSP. There are times that a similar story happens to different people; and I do not think that is infringement otherwise everyone would have that claim. Also, the accusation was on a blog post!! If it was a real problem I think DSP would have been notified through legal sources.

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  8. Okay, sounds like I've definately missed something here. What's going on with DSP?

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  9. This is the first I had heard about problems with DSP. But I will say that it is my #3 online publisher for books. As you pointed out I would miss out on sequels to books that I am eagerly looking forward too. Plus you cannot let a few rotten apples spoil a great publisher of books for the rest of us. I hope all is resolved and I can contiune to get my books as I have several on my wishlist of upcoming books.

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  10. I didn't know anything about this until I read your blog, I tend to just click on new releases on DSP from the google search page. I went back and read the DSP letter and then read some of the comments that have been posted about Bear, Otter and the Kid. What's funny is I read the book when it first came out and had also seen the movie that they are alleging it is just like and I never thought it was the same story. Some similarities but many differences. I think this is just people who like to create controversy where there is none. I would never give up DSP, there are way too many authors I follow who have books and sequels coming out that I'm waiting on with bated breath! Especially, "Mine" on Monday and all the sequels you have planned (can't wait to hear what's going on with Jory!) I'm sure that the controversy will be resolved and DSP will continue to thrive.

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  11. Thank you to everyone for stopping by and for leaving all your wonderful comments. The open and honest discussion was so appreciated. In case anyone missed it there was an official statement by DSP:
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7793376/Dreamspinner_Statement_BOATK_3-1-12.pdf

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    1. and not to mention all those lovely books by Mary Calmes!

      Dang! I had it in my head that Book #5 of Cut & Run was coming out in March!!!! Can I whine like a 5th grader now???

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  12. Give up some of my favorite DSP authors? Not in a million years. I'll continue to purchase from DSP and support my favorite authors.

    Kind of strange this was not addressed with DSP from the get go instead of on a blog. That pretty much speaks for itself. DSP has my support as do many of the awesome authors that publish with them.

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  13. To be honest, I don't give fig what reviewers think. Reading reviews of some of my favorite books have really pissed me off! In addition, some highly-praised books are, in my opinion, total crap. To each his own. I read what I want and DSP has released more winners than losers in my book. That said, I loved Bear, Otter and the Kid and I don't think it has THAT much in common with Shelter.

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