This post is an update to the one I wrote earlier about the new Random House imprints Hydra and Alibi. My thanks to Ch’kara Silverwolf for alerting me to this development. SFWA stands for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, so it’s quite a big deal.
“The following is a response by SFWA to a letter submitted by Ms. Dobson of Hydra, an imprint of Random House. For background please see this post by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware.
Dear Ms. Dobson:
Thank you for your letter regarding Random House and Hydra, and your interest in speaking with us.
Unfortunately, there is very little to discuss. SFWA has determined to its own satisfaction that Hydra does not meet our minimum standards for a qualifying market, as its contract does not offer an advance. Additionally, your attempt to shift to the author costs customarily borne by the publisher is, simply, outrageous and egregious. The first of these things alone would disqualify Hydra as a qualifying market. It is the second of these things, however, that causes us to believe that Hydra intends to act in a predatory manner towards authors, and in particular toward newer authors who may not have the experience to recognize the extent to which your contract is beyond the pale of standard publishing practices.”
To read the full response from SFWA, please follow the link below. And as always, please spread this information as far as you can so we can warn as many authors as possible.