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On Dorchester Publishing’s masthead, Tim DeYoung was listed as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, but anyone with insider knowledge of the company knows that he was much more than that. DeYoung was Dorchester, and that was never more true than in the wake of last summer’s events. A summary of DeYoung’s job description can be found on his LinkedIn profile, and while that list is considerable in size and scope, it’s merely a fraction of what he was responsible for. It cannot be stressed enough that regardless of his title, DeYoung was the key decision maker for the company. About the only thing DeYoung didn’t always seem capable of doing was responding to requests from authors and vendors regarding late payments or demands for reversion of rights.
Now comes word that DeYoung’s almost seventeen-year relationship with Dorchester is at an end. Today, one of the many writers whom Dorchester has not paid sent an email to DeYoung regarding unpaid royalties and received the following automated response (I have deleted the author’s name and email address at their request):
From: Tim DeYoung <email@example.com>
Date: December 22, 2011 4:17:34 PM EST
To: Deleted To Protect Author’s Privacy
Subject: Automatic reply: Unpaid Royalties
DeYoung’s LinkedIn page also confirms his departure from the company, as did two insiders, one of whom told me on condition of anonymity: “Things are worse than ever. Imagine coming to work and not knowing from month to month whether the doors will still be open.”
Last summer, Dorchester CEO Bob Anthony told Publisher’s Weekly that they were committed to solving the problems, resolving the concerns of the authors involved in the boycott, and treating all authors fairly, including paying them back royalties. Unfortunately, this simply has not happened. While some authors and vendors have indeed received partial or token payments, there are still a vast number who have not received anything. Worse, many authors who have sought legal reversion of their rights report the requests have been ignored or outright refused. And DeYoung’s departure indicates to me that this won’t change. If anything, it’s going to get worse. Tim DeYoung was a man who gave almost seventeen years of his life to Dorchester. He was well respected by his employees and his authors (including myself). He chose to remain at Dorchester and serve the company well after many of those former employees and authors got screwed. The fact that his loyalty to Dorchester now seems to have run out indicates to me that the sinking ship may be about to submerge beneath the waves.