Over 300 writers and editors have signed the No Book Deals for Traitors “letter of intent from publishing professionals of the United States,” including more than two dozen from the SFF field.
The text of the letter says:
We all love book publishing, but we have to be honest — our country is where it is in part because publishing has chased the money and notoriety of some pretty sketchy people, and has granted those same people both the imprimatur of respectability and a lot of money through sweetheart book deals.
As members of the writing and publishing community of the United States, we affirm that participation in the administration of Donald Trump must be considered a uniquely mitigating criterion for publishing houses when considering book deals.
Consequently, we believe: No participant in an administration that caged children, performed involuntary surgeries on captive women, and scoffed at science as millions were infected with a deadly virus should be enriched by the almost rote largesse of a big book deal. And no one who incited, suborned, instigated, or otherwise supported the January 6, 2021 coup attempt should have their philosophies remunerated and disseminated through our beloved publishing houses.
“Son of Sam” laws exist to prevent criminals from benefiting financially from writing about their crimes. In that spirit, those who enabled, promulgated, and covered up crimes against the American people should not be enriched through the coffers of publishing.
We are writers, editors, journalists, agents, and professionals in multiple forms of publishing. We believe in the power of words and we are tired of the industry we love enriching the monsters among us, and we will do whatever is in our power to stop it.
SFF authors and editors who have signed include:
- Alex Acks (Author)
- Charlie Jane Anders (author, Victories Greater Than Death)
- Phoebe Barton (Writer)
- Lauren Beukes (Author)
- Holly Black (Author)
- Stephen Blackmoore (Author)
- Gwenda Bond (Author)
- Cassandra Clare (Writer)
- Anya Johanna DeNiro (Author)
- Carl Engle-Laird (Editor, Macmillan)
- Rose Fox (former senior reviews editor, Publishers Weekly)
- Sarah Gailey (Author)
- Jasmine Gower (Author)
- Leigh Harlen (Author)
- Sarah Hollowell (Author)
- S.A. Hunt (Author)
- Keffy Kehrli (Writer & Editor (GlitterShip magazine))
- Mikki Kendall (Writer)
- Cassandra Khaw (Senior Scriptwriter)
- Sarah Kozloff (Author)
- Stina Leicht (Author)
- Malinda Lo (Author)
- M Evan MacGriogair (Author)
- Dan Moren (Author)
- Sarah Pinsker (Author)
- Chelsea Polk (Author)
- Lev Rosen (Author)
- Jason Sanford (Author)
- Jon Skovron (Author)
- Greg van Eekhout (Author)
- Chuck Wendig (Author with PRH, S&S, etc)
- Merc Fenn Wolfmoor (Author)
There is provision at the link for signers in the industry to add their names, so the number will be expanding.