Eugene Teplitsky, co-owner of Curiosity Quills Press, says the company has fallen behind on paying royalties, and will temporarily cease print publishing, except for middle-grade novels. He blames “month after month” of dwindling sales, and is offering “no strings attached” termination of contracts for any of their authors who want to leave the company: authors should “simply email <firstname.lastname@example.org> and we will revert rights to all who ask for it, no questions asked.” He is also willing to let authors sell their own sub-rights, “greatly relaxing” the contracted arrangements. The company has also cut various positions, including the acquisitions manager, social media marketer, content strategist, and marketing assistant. Curiosity Quills plans to shift focus away from print and toward ebooks. Teplitsky told authors, “Our goal is to not commit to promises we cannot afford to keep, and instead pick up steam gradually as sales revenue flows in, so that we are able to pay staff, royalties, and expand our team once more.”
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