Random House’s ebook-only imprints Hydra and Alibi have come under fire for having overly acquisitive deal terms.
Victoria Strauss at Writer Beware revealed a couple of weeks ago that, based on a deal memo she had seen, Hydra’s terms are dreadful. Author John Scalzi goes into much more detail about exactly why these terms are bad for its authors. Both posts are essential reading.
The biggest problems identified by Strauss and Scalzi are: