This gets uglier almost by the minute.
Acclaimed author Piers Anthony has a webpage where he lists his thoughts and impressions on two aspects of the publishing business- publishers & sellers. It's pretty bare bones and little more than a collection of anecdotes and secondhand info he's gathered into one place for easy reference. He's even got a nice little disclaimer right at the top:
"This survey has no authority other than my own ornery wish to help aspiring writers make progress; I'm really a writer, not a surveyor. I am Piers Anthony, known primarily for my Xanth fantasy series, though I also do serious writing. I've had a good deal of experience in the publishing school of hard knocks, hence my interest in making it easier for others. Updates directly from publishers are welcome, and so are comments about those publishers from those who use them. I have no agenda other than reasonable clarity, accuracy and relevance. I take publishers' claims on faith until learning otherwise; then I tell truth without much concern for consequences. I do not check with publishers before running positive or negative feedback on them; this survey is of the nature of a review, and anonymity of sources is maintained. If I may summarize the general gist of publisher responses to bad reviews, it is "You're a liar! We'll sue! Tell us who blabbed so we can destroy them. Who the hell are you to make such judgments anyway?!" To which I reply "Tough feces, folk. Clean up your act." But when, on rare occasion, the publisher turns out to have the right of it, I will grudgingly amend my entry next update."
Got it? Good.
This morning there's an update to the Ellora's Cave entry on his page that's both damnable and damn scary if it happens to be true.
His entire post can be found on his site; scroll down to the EC entry. It's a bit of a pain since nothing's pagainated or formatted, but it's all there. All sarcasm aside, that's some real lowdown, dirty shit to pull.
Provided it's true.
And at this point it's hard to believe it isn't.