There’s an issue going on in the writing / publishing world involving Random House’s e-book imprint Hydra, as mentioned in this recent post from the Writer Beware Blog.
I have no comment on the issue itself, but on something mentioned in Random House’s open response letter. They write:
While we respect your position, you’ll not be surprised to learn that we strongly disagree with it, and wish you had contacted us before you published your posts.
I’ve seen this sort of defense before in the blogosphere. “You should’ve talked to me before you said something negative about me!” No. Obviously you have every right to defend your opinions, but it is no breach of etiquette for someone else to publish his dissenting opinions without running them by you first. Your original deeds and writings are what he is publishing an opinion about. If his opinions seem to be based on a misunderstanding, you can correct him, but it is not his job to run his opinions by you first.
I doubt whoever wrote this letter meant much by this sentence, but this way of thinking bothers me.