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Triskelion Update: Gail Northman Responds

Dear Jane:

Bit of background information here. I’ve been with Triskelion Publishing since it opened its doors. I’ve grown with the company, and during that time I’ve received promotion several times. As of June 1st I will be Triskelion Publishing’s Publisher. The present publisher is stepping down in pursuit of her own writing career which has taken off and I wish her much success.

As you are no doubt aware, we’ve had several disgruntled authors, which have chosen to not only go to the RWA but also various online forums. In some respects I understand the reason behind the RWA after all that is what they are there for however, what I don’t like seeing is dirty laundry aired in public (British saying). However, the very nature of the beast means that we are damned if we do and damned if we don't.

First off it is in my opinion that way too many authors don’t read their contracts or neither understand them, nor do they obtain advice from a literary attorney so – then they complain and get angry when contracts are quoted (This I might add I can fully understand why large companies use Agented solicitations only) makes life much easier. However, not everyone is like that. And some will ask sensible questions and they’ll get answers. No one is forced to sign a contract.

Next what has happened – emails get forwarded and passed on rather like Chinese whispers before you know it the story is completely changed and bears little resemblance to the original.

In answer to late royalty payments we have a policy royalties are not paid until $25.00 is accumulated or 3 months has passed. We also implemented an accountancy system that caused delays – should we have mentioned it – most likely but in the event of this new system… it delayed some of the payments.

With regard to print yes we have delayed our print books this year and in some instances they have been removed from the schedule. Why, because Triskelion is owed money and we printed books that didn’t sell well at all and therefore chances are should not have been printed in the first place but that’s what happens when you try and give authors their dream. But we haven’t stopped print we have delayed it.

With regards to RWA –" that is their choice am I happy with their decision?
No I am not, because they haven't really given us the chance to defend ourselves, against the complaints. Airfares have been paid for will no longer be used –" fortunately hotels do not take payment in advance.

Have we made mistakes you bet. What company hasn't? However, things are changing and for the better.

And now it appears that a private email I sent to our authors/editors loop has been posted on a blog including issues surrounding my private life. I chose to share, because in the past it has for many been a great help – the support network is tremendous. Now I feel like I'm in the clutches of the local paparazzi– and for the record I do not share my personal issues normally I didn't do it as a way to make people feel sorry for me– it was the reason why I haven't answered 200 odd emails in my usual prompt manner. In the last week. And frankly I feel nauseated that someone thought my personal problems were hot topic enough and sleazy enough to post on public forums–

Thank you for inviting me to respond. It is appreciated.

Gail Northman
Editor In Chief
Publisher as of June 1st
Triskelion Publishing

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Same rule as before. No personal bashing allowed. You can comment whether what Triskelion did or RWA did was right, wrong or sideways but any personal attacks will be deleted.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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