Brian Keene has posted a great essay concerning Bad Moon Books, a genre store and small press publisher of horror and such. Go and read it. Follow the links Brian posted and read those. It’s real eye opening stuff.
I just want to say I agree with Brian one hundred percent.
See, Bad Moon was a good little publisher whose books I enjoyed, but then I found out Roy Robbins was a homophobic fuckhead. Now I won’t buy his books. I recently turned down a request from a good writer to blurb a book because Roy is publishing it. Friends of mine have been published by Roy, and I won’t buy their books.
I specifically asked Thunderstorm not to sell Just Like Hell through Bad Moon. I didn’t know if they planned to pursue that particular channel or not, but I didn’t want to run the risk.
Maybe that means I’m not too good at playing nice. Plenty of writers most consider respectable are selling books to Roy. Who am I to make waves?
Maybe it means I’m not the most business savvy of writers. After all, I’m shunning one of the more stable small press outfits. Shouldn’t I try not to burn any bridges?
Or maybe it means I have just enough common sense and simple human decency to stand by what I believe in.
If that makes me a bad guy… Well, I never said I was a Saint.