An Apology, Regarding Sunil Patel’s Story

written by David Steffen

On March 15th, I sent a story to Diabolical Plots publishing newsletter subscribers written by Sunil Patel.  The story had been purchased and contracted in August 2016, before stories about Sunil’s abusive behavior surfaced (in October 2016).  I neglected to remove the story from the schedule and it went to the inbox of 182 subscribers of the newsletter.

This was not the right choice for me to make. Diabolical Plots is here to serve the SF publishing community, and this was not a good way to do that.  I am sorry for my lapse in judgment.  I can’t unsend an email, but the story will be removed from the publishing lineup scheduled on the Diabolical Plots site (and replaced with a different story if I can work it out).  If anyone wishes to provide further feedback, please feel free to email me at editor@diabolicalplots.com.

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David Steffen

David Steffen is an editor, publisher, and writer. He is probably best known for being co-founder and administrator of The Submission Grinder, a donation-supported tool to help writers track their submissions and find publishers for their work . David also writes articles here and edits the fiction. He is also the editor and publisher of The Long List Anthology: More Stories From the Hugo Award Nomination List series. David also (sometimes) writes fiction, and you can follow on Twitter for updates on cross-stitch projects and occasionally other things.

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