Public complaints alter Night Shade deal and demonstrate power of speaking out


Charlie Jane Anders over at has an update on the proposed plan for Skyhorse and Start Publishing to buy Night Shade’s author contracts. Short version: they’ve improved the terms of their offer.

It’s still not great, but it’s better. It’s much better, and the reason it became better was that writers talked to each other about the problems and they shared their concerns publicly. Just like with Hydra.

This should happen more often. What’s more, there ought to be a formalized way that, say, a writers organization could tackle it.