Well, cyberspace is abuzz over Diana Laurence's comments about erotic romance over at Novelspot. I'm interested to see that quite a few people seem to be blaming her publisher (which, BTW, is also my publisher for my children's book, so this is not unbiased commentary:-). Some people have gone so far as to say they won't buy an NAD book now.
But why blame the publisher for one of its author's comments? I can say anything I want in a public forum-- I could make offensive sexist or racist comments, for example-- and there's nothing any of my publishers could do to stop me. Besides, I think it's obvious that my thoughts and beliefs don't necessarily reflect my publishers' thoughts. I've seen other, New York-pubbed authors get involved in big blowups on blogs, yet their readers didn't suggest it was the publisher's fault, or threaten to boycott Avon or Kensington. Are readers more likely to assume that an e-pub is closely associated with its authors than a New York pub is?
I'll admit that often the lines are blurrier in e-publishing-- I know of three e-pubs that have an owner who's also an author. But that doesn't mean that every author in e-publishing is intimately involved with the publisher. And my opinions are not necessarily the opinions of my publisher. Besides, if I say something stupid, it's okay if you quit buying my books... but I don't want anyone else to lose sales as a result of my comments.
So please, if I tick you off at some point, don't blame my publishers:-).