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Conservative Authors to Publisher: Liberalize Revenue Sharing

If the allegations are true, then I must say that I am shocked–shocked!–that a conservative book publisher would underpay its authors. Why, that would be like a conservative clothing manufacturer underpaying the workers who sew the shirts and pants. Never happen! From the New York Times (“Conservative Authors Sue Publisher,” by Motoko Rich):

Five authors have sued the parent company of Regnery Publishing, a Washington imprint of conservative books, charging that the company deprives its writers of royalties by selling their books at a steep discount to book clubs and other organizations owned by the same parent company.

In a suit filed in United States District Court in Washington yesterday, the authors Jerome R. Corsi, Bill Gertz, Lt. Col. Robert (Buzz) Patterson, Joel Mowbray and Richard Miniter state that Eagle Publishing, which owns Regnery, "orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets and to wholly owned subsidiary organizations within the Eagle conglomerate."

Miniter, author of Shadow War: The Untold Story of How Bush Is Winning the War on Terror, has an interesting take:

"It suddenly occurred to us that Regnery is making collectively jillions of dollars off of us and paying us a pittance." He added: "Why is Regnery acting like a Marxist cartoon of a capitalist company?"

Um, I’m not a Marxist, but I thought the general idea there was to share the wealth. And that the general idea of capitalism was that the wealth rises to the top. Maybe the plaintiffs should contact Haymarket Books and ask about their profit-sharing plan?

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Keir Graff is the editor of Booklist Online and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix.

3 Comments on "Conservative Authors to Publisher: Liberalize Revenue Sharing"

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  1. pete_anderson@comcast.net' Pete says:

    Back when I still thought I’d be podcasting regularly, I really wanted to podcast some of Mike Royko’s old columns. All of his stuff is under copyright, most of it in book collections from one publisher who declined my permission request. But his first collection was published by Regnery’s predecessor firm Henry Regnery, with Regnery presumably still holding the copyright. I knew Regnery was a conservative house, but didn’t realize until now that they were responsible for that loathsome Swift Boat book. Now I’m sorely tempted to podcast from that first Royko book, just out of spite.

  2. Keir says:

    Heck, just tell them you’ll cut them in for a full share of the profits. Like them, you’ll be giving the product away….

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