Last night, I posted a cri de coeur on Facebook. I pulled out my soapbox and, quite uncharacteristically, let rip. The reason for this? My complete frustration and distress that I may end up losing another author to one of the big five. Earlier this year, the rights to one of my bestselling authors were sold to a major publisher for a figure I could never dream of matching. I was devastated. Yesterday, an approach was made for yet another author, and I fear that this is just the beginning.
Big Publishers, please think twice before you make your ‘unsolicited’ approaches; please remember the hard work we’ve put in. Please remember that in order to survive, you cannot steal our bestselling authors. Nor do we think you can ever give them what we can.