You remember the saga of Dorchester Publishing. How they ripped off their authors and vendors, including myself, in a variety of ways, including non-payment of royalties and publishing and selling books they no longer had the rights to. The entire sordid tale is documented here, along with plenty of links to everything else. Last I reported (back in May), the new CEO promised everyone would get paid. Seven months later, dozens of authors and vendors report that hasn’t happened.
But Dorchester did send a digital Christmas card to their former authors and vendors yesterday, including ones they still owe. Perhaps the most egregious example was that of former copy editor Dave Thomas whom Dorchester still owes for 17 jobs. He received a card, and promptly Tweeted “Christmas cards are now considered legitimate currency in publishing. Wonder if BoA will accept a card in lieu of my mortgage payment?” Dorchester did not respond to my multiple inquiries, nor explain why I was one of the few who didn’t get a holiday card.