Archaia Moves To Diamond Book Distributors And Pays Off Creator Debt

Archaia Moves To Diamond Book Distributors And Pays Off Creator Debt

In August, Bleeding Cool reported on what seemed to be a spate of non-payment or late payment for a number of creators from a number of publishers.

They included boutique publisher and repeat Eisner Award winner, Archaia, who seemed to lay the blame on issues with bookstore  distributor Publishers Group West, or PGW. I ascertained this was attributed to the usual mix of a reduction in initial sales and an increase of returns.

Archaia switched from Diamond Book Distributors to PGW in May last year, but now I understand they are now switching back to Diamond.

Archaia representatives cite the return down to Diamond's increasing international profile, its digital drive and a stabler market. At the time of the earlier move, there were serious concerns in the bookstore market over Diamond's possible instability, with a number of bookstores going bust. But then the Walking Dead came along and. basically, propped up Diamond to the extent that it is now a very stable distributor indeed, and making inroads into the digital market. And Archaia clearly agrees.

Not only that, but I have been assured that, after new investment, all creators who have invoices on file have been paid according to the agreed timeline. Anyone still believing they are owed money, should get in touch.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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