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I have not yet had the privilege to read Ian Tregellis’ novel Bitter Seeds (which sounds like a really interesting blend of alternate history, WWII, and the occult), but I came across Tregellis’ recent blog post about the terrible time he’s had with his publisher (Tor) trying to get the second and third books of the trilogy out.

Almost every author has probably experienced similar problems with traditional publishers — I’m certain that Tregellis’ experience is not unique — but it’s pretty amazing/horrifying seeing it detailed like this. Traditional publishers, including the big names like Tor, have got to do better than this if they are to survive the coming years of transformation in the book industry.

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