Aug 22 2013
Thursday News: Feminist fights back against online harassers; Cedar Fort cancels contract of gay author; Publishers experiment with promotional partnerships
The meme had over 2000 shares, 10,000 likes and nearly 1000 comments. Broderick was upset but refused to allow these horrible people to keep her down. Facebook wouldn’t remove it even when she requested it be taken down because “it didn’t violate their Community Standards.” She created another tumblr so people can submit pictures of what a Feminist looks like.
Go Kelly Martin Broderick. You are an awesome, strong, fabulous and gorgeous human being. Thank you for being a feminist. XO Jane
On August 2, 2013, Mr. Jensen received his page proofs but noticed that his bio wasn’t current. In response, his editor said “I was concerned about your bio and wondered what effect it would have with our LDS buyers, so I spoke with Lyle about it. He says we can’t risk ruining our relationship with them by stating you live with your boyfriend, so we need to cut that part out…I hope you can understand our objective with this.”
Mr. Jensen asked to change boyfriend to “partner” which was what it stated in the original bio he had submitted. “He lives in Salt Lake City with his partner and their four dogs.” Ms. Workman, the editor, wrote back “I noticed that when you first sent in your bio and asked them to delete that…We’ll need to take that out as well.” Author Jensen disagreed with this, not wanting to erase his relationship with his partner.
In response, that same day, Publisher Lyle Mortimer told the author that Mr. Jensen could buy back his rights “Otherwise, we are going ahead without bios.” Mr. Jensen also claims that Publisher Mortimer cast aspersions on Mr. Jensen’s character in a telephone call. Cedar Fort then canceled the contract and returned the rights to the two authors.
This is a deeply unfortunate situation but hopefully the authors can find a new home for the book. PDF Link
Random House signed Beth Reekles of The Kissing Booth to a three book contract. Reekles had over 40 million hits to her free fiction at Wattpad. It sold well in the UK but according to NovelRank, her book never cracked the top 2,000 of books sold at Amazon. This doesn’t mean that Random House and other publishers shouldn’t be experimenting. They should. I just wonder if this particular partnership will work.