I had almost decided on it last night and had drafted the withdrawal letter. But I wanted to be very sure and was still waiting for some more opinions.
But the morning decided me.
I’m so so relieved I won’t be part of their anthology now. I wrote back of my withdrawal of course.
What with their terms of wanting to be able to abridge the writer’s story, and the intent to charge sub-licensing rights for any future publication, and now their “barring the writer for daring to discuss the issue”, my only regret is I did not pull out earlier. No self-respecting writer could work with such a Press.
But this experience has taught me a lot: taught me how to analyze a contract, how to learn from others and choose a home for my work. I’m particularly grateful to all the people in the publishing industry who have voiced support for my point-of view.
Most of all, it has taught me to be patient, because frankly, some parts of the situation I’ve been in would test most peoples’ patience. I have written to the person in charge of contracts several polite emails and always got somewhat abrupt responses.
I wish the other writers in the anthology all the best, and sincerely hope they would come out of the experience unscathed.
Two others have already withdrawn/ ‘ been removed’, because they raised the same issues as me.
And as to CCC Press, my only advice is they would look around a bit and objectively evaluate what the contracts of other publishing houses are like.
Perhaps they could try to be more courteous to writers in their contracts.
I have discovered through my experience of the past few days that an overwhelming number of people in the publishing business are.