Thursday 5 November 2015

Update (Nightingale, Riptide et al)

Thanks all for your support over the last week or so – I’m grateful to have such great friends and so many passionate supporters. I’m humbled by you all and your generosity.

I’m happy to report that I’m working constructively with Riptide and assorted lawyers on finalising my exit from the business. Lawyers are doing their thing, editing agreements and such, but as I’m watching, it’s taking a shape everybody can live with. I want to stress that my interpretation of that first agreement was faulty – what I saw as “lopsided and unfair” was merely a draft missing my input. I’m optimistic we’ll reach an equitable, fair agreement that takes into account all concerns of all parties. Once the agreement is signed, I’m assured that the rights for Nightingale will return to me, and I can’t wait to share that book with you.

My primary focus in all of this was my readers – and to explain why the long-anticipated book wasn’t coming out on the day as promised. Making the promise was the big mistake that started it all—and it was not fair of me to blame Riptide for getting out ahead of myself and our negotiations.

I want to make absolutely sure it is understood that a boycott is the last thing I could possibly want for Riptide. I didn’t endorse a boycott, either. For two years, I was very involved at Riptide (I wrote the original author contract, I funded the first months of the company, I named the venture, I acquired lots of authors personally, edited, proof-read and a hundred other small things) and have stepped back since 2014 as Riptide hired staff who are more specialised and obviously do a much better job than my “jack-of-all-trades” approach.

The house has launched/re-launched plenty of careers, which pleases me greatly, because every author who makes a living or grows their career is a little triumph. I know Riptide has changed lives.  I’ve met plenty of amazing people in that time. The last thing I’d want to do is damage their incomes, livelihoods or even their joy in writing and publishing. Many of them are my friends, both online and offline.

But regardless of all that, I understand I’ve caused a great deal of consternation, and for that, I take full responsibility. It’s pointless to retrace exactly where the misunderstandings or faults were – I’m taking full responsibility for the miscommunication and misunderstandings, and I understand that my “in the heat of the moment” statements have led to even more misunderstandings from that.

With this, I want to wholeheartedly and unreservedly offer my apologies to everybody who was negatively impacted by my actions – I hope to learn from it.


  1. Hello Alex,

    It's good to hear that, after all those bad news, everything finally will turn out well. I'll stay tuned, can't wait for the Bird Books date of release.

    Best wishes,


    1. TS - Thanks! I'm hoping towards the end of the month. At the moment, it's not in my hands, but soon. Thanks for your support.

  2. Thank you for this post, Aleks. :) I'm glad it's all working out to the benefit of all involved. And I, for one, can't wait to read Nightingale. :)

  3. Good to learn things are getting worked out. That's the important part. Disagreements and misunderstanding happen all the time. Clearing things up shows that the parties mean to try and fix problems, and not be malicious or petty. It's a nice thing to know. Good luck to you all.

  4. Am so pleased it is getting worked out well for everyone.
    i knew it would.
    Well done, for everything.
    For setting up Riptide in the first place - as a publisher where readers can be assured of finding good quality fiction.
    For clarifying in this blog. For being accessible to you readers, which takes a lot of work and confidence to do.
    I'll be happy to place another pre-order for Nightingale and leave a review when its published.
    And am looking forward to your next book! :)

  5. Good on you, Aleks. It takes guts to write a post like this. My respect for you (already high) has gone up another notch :)

  6. So relieved to hear that you're coming to an amicable and equitable agreement and that your wonderful book will soon be available.

    Also thanks for this post and your clarification of the situation. *hugs*

  7. Glad things worked out for all. You sound so much better. This post just underlines what a class act you are. Can't wait to read it. Thanks.