The airwaves are buzzing with the recent announcement by Random House that they have launched several new digital-only imprints, including one called “Hydra.” Their logo looks like this and covers science fiction and fantasy novellas and novels.
They have also received some notoriously bad press, like the following story by John Scalzi (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2013/03/06/note-to-sff-writers-random-houses-hydra-imprint-has-appallingly-bad-contract-terms/) and here, and here http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/sci-fi-and-fantasy-writers-group-condemns-random-house-hydra-digital-imprint/ where the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) condemns the imprint because it “fails to pay authors an advance against royalties, as SFWA requires, and has contract terms that are onerous and unconscionable.”
However, HYDRA PUBLICATIONS is NOT in any way affiliated with Random House or with this firestorm of criticism. HYDRA PUBLICATIONS has a logo that looks like one of the ones below. HYDRA PUBLICATIONS began in November 2010 and has a completely different stable of authors who are quite content with their contracts and the support they receive from the company.
LET US REPEAT THIS: WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH RANDOM HOUSE OR THEIR DIGITAL IMPRINT IN ANY WAY. WE NEGOTIATE OUR OWN CONTRACTS WITH OUR AUTHORS. THESE ARE TWO SEPARATE BUSINESS ENTITIES. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, please contact Frank or Kim Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.