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A little courtesy, please!

screwed2_01On Friday at 6:00 PM, Booktrope announced it will be ceasing operations. It was devastating news to hundreds of authors, designers, managers, editors, and proof readers. It was like a bomb dropped on us all. We weren’t really given reasons just that effective May 31, 2016, our novels will be pulled.

Seriously?

All that work and effort, creating teams, proofing, and editing, and that’s all we get? Supposedly, we will be given more info in the days to come, but they decided alerting us on a Friday afternoon with a completely debilitating post on FB and an email was all we deserved? It was like a breakup text message for goodness sake! The kind that leads to homicidal thoughts involving sharp instruments and sensitive body parts. How about a little prep? How about a few emails about concerns with the company before shoving a knife in our backs?

We all realized going into our contracts that we were taking a risk with the innovative platform they proposed, but now we are left scrambling to retrieve all files. Those of us with consciences feel the need to compensate our teams and “buy out” their portions in order to have complete ownership of the final copies, covers and all, and I can’t complain about that. My team is amazing, and if I decide to self-pub again, I’ll definitely hook up with them all again. But geez!

What has happened to professional courtesy? One “official” posted a scathing post on her FB page basically blaming authors and teams for not promoting enough. Really? I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her post a promo! Most us post several times a week, especially during promotions and even for other BT authors. We take our time (what little is left after working full time, taking care of our kids, managing our homes–What am I forgetting? OH yeah, sleeping!) to cross-post, re-post, tweet, RT, maintain a website–You get the picture.

On top of all that, there is talk of some missing funds, BIG missing funds, like millions. According to this high-up official, everyone on staff was paid after a huge grant came through. Did those of us sweating and bleeding over our keyboards receive any? Uhm, not this one at least.

The one positive in all of this? They’ve created an amazing community of artists who now are united more than ever to help each other over this cluster and pull through even more successfully than before! I’m with you exTroperLove. We will rise again, without the BT label and better for it!

Thank you all, but most of all thank you to my team. You are the best!

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