Katharine Kerr December 4th, 2006
I thought I’d start a topic here for gripes about foreign publishers.Â I am having a bellyful currently with the French, the Russians, and possibly the Germans — though the last is the fault of the German agent, not the publishers, most likely.
First off, of course,Â my Russian publisher doesn’tÂ pay.Â Â They seem to have no intention of paying, in fact.Â They’ve brought out at least 10 books and not one ruble have I received.Â They did send me copies of 5 of the books though.
My French publisher has brought out 2 books and paid for one.Â I have not received a single copy of the books, though I suspect they’re afraid to send them, since I can read French.Â Their translator changed Nevyn’s name.Â Yes, that’s right — the focus character who ties the entire series together is now Persaune, not Nevyn.Â The idiots thought “Nevyn” was English and thus needed translating.Â I do not have high hopes for the quality of the translations, therefore.
The Germans killed their entire fantasy line two years ago, and no one bothered to tell me.Â Yet some of the books still seem to be in print, according to amazon.de.
Finally, we have the Italian government in combination with our own dear IRS.Â This has nothing to do with the publishers, Editrices Nord, themselves, who have always treated me well.Â But the Italian tax people, though a signatory to various tax treaties, will keep 25% of the monies owed me unless they get a certain form from the IRS by a certain date.Â The IRS is now charging $35 in a “user fee” for this form — and it will take them 45 days to get me one.
I think I’m going to become a Zen nun.Â It will be easier than dealing with all this . . .
How are such mattersÂ going with the rest of you?