The Delisting of Dorchester Publishing


For those of you keeping score at home, Dorchester Publishing (herein known as Douchester) has been delisted by the Science-Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Why, what does this mean?!

Douchester has had declining sales for the past two years and (most probably) in their greed to squeeze every ounce of profit out of a dying publishing house, they began to cheat rob screw their authors out of royalties and advances. Already delisted by the Mystery Writers of America and boycotted by several authors, Douchester was placed on probation last year by SFWA.

Claiming that they would “review the publisher’s royalty process”, Douchester did nothing of the sort, continuing to not pay their authors; therefore, SFWA delisted them as a reputable publisher.

Delisting is the best that a group like SFWA can do, as word of mouth among readers and writers should certainly help in the further collapse of Douchester.

Yet if this were 1655 and SFWA stood for the Sword, Flame, and Whoop-Ass Assocation, we would collectively march to the homes of the dirty old men who run the company and dissemble their bodies with torches and cutlasses.

Alas. *Sigh*

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5 thoughts on “The Delisting of Dorchester Publishing

  1. kanundra

    I totally believe in the SFWA wish they were around a little more when I first got into writing… I was scammed. But, sort of thought I was being…

    Thanks for the info :)

    D

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    1. G.P. Merwede

      The SFWA has definitely taken steps in the past few years to better protect authors and copyright alike. I’m thankful there is a group of authors protecting other authors, not leaving it to a publisher or a disinterested third party.

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  2. Tim

    I was rejected by them a long time ago, maybe they were reputable back them (early 1990′s), but they didn’t send any rejection notice with the returned manuscript, not even the usual automatic multi printed kind that were prevelant then (worse stories of mine than the submitted manuscript at least got that)….they just shoved it in my SASE (this was before email, for those not familiar with the somewhat antiquated term) and sent it back. This all happened after I corresponded with one of their editors and he sent me a personal letter asking to see my manuscript. A hint of things to come? Or maybe just another bump in a rocky road to becoming. Just submitted for your approval, from the rejected zone.

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    1. G.P. Merwede

      They come across as more of a major corporation responding to a resume application than a publishing house responding to authors (although plenty houses ARE major corporations). I would assume that they used to be a reputable house, but hit some snags and hired the wrong people and it can tumble your entire company into the ground (see: Enron). And speaking of the rejected zone, I just received another rejection that will pop up on the site in the near future. It’s always good to hear that I’m not alone and that we’re in this together.

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  3. writer

    John Backe is the man behind Dorchester. Google him. Or go to: begrudgingwriter.blogspot.com
    Or briankeene.com

    Reply

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