Permuted Press responded to the allegations against it well. As mentioned, they agreed to let anyone out of their contracts with "no harm, no foul." At least, those hadn't already had work done on their books. This didn't help all authors, though. More than a few series would never see a print release despite beginning in paperback form. Permuted Press wouldn't budge on releasing print rights back to authors either. It was all or nothing. Some authors suggested getting a third party for authors willing to pay for having their books formatted for POD release.
Again, not happening.
Permuted Press, eventually, came to an agreement with the HWA about modifying their contracts to better reflect what the latter felt were amicable to authors. Permuted Press was clear that previous contracts would remain binding and there would be no "update of terms." I didn't blame them for any of this but I could get a better deal elsewhere.
Or could I?
The biggest blow from Permuted Press' decision was not financial but to many first-time authors' pride. Permuted Press was (and still is) a fan favorite with many independent horror authors. For quite a few, the new terms felt like they weren't believed in anymore and that Permuted Press weren't sorry to see them go. The overstuffed release schedule even made some believe this was a way of doing some sort of Office Space-style plot to force unwanted authors to quit.
Which is ridiculous.
For these authors, quite a few panicked and believed they would never be able to find another publisher ever. Self-publishing, despite being more profitable for authors, was less prestigious. They felt strong-armed into either remaining with Permuted Press or never seeing print ever.
I find such thoughts disingenuous to both authors and Permuted.
You need to believe in your product if you're going to make it in this business. Never stick with a deal you're unhappy with. If you do, you're only going to end up hurting yourself as well as your publishers. For me, it was a business decision to end my professional relationship with Permuted and I intend to continue reviewing their books here on the UFoC. For others, it was a personal decision. Friendships were lost, professional associations ended beyond just publisher and author, while others still just became distant.
It got ugly. Game of Thrones ugly.
People were forced to choose between what they perceived as a Permuted Press family versus Ex-Permuted Press friends. My reaction to this was to consider this just the latest bump on the road to my professional writing success.
I'm a professional.
I don't have anything against Permuted Press. I might if I lost money on the deal but I benefited from my time with them. I learned about social media, I found a lot of great contacts, and read a lot of free horror novels I might not normally have been exposed to.
If nothing else, my social media platform went up from non-existent to something which may someday qualify as the Glass Joe of the reviewing world. I'm an orc, not a kobold, and maybe someday I'll be a Troll if not dragon. My books will see print because Permuted Press, for better or worse, was willing to print them and that gives me the confidence to know people will want to read them.
And I wish everyone on both sides of the issue nothing but the best.