About a year ago, Peter Grant and Vox Day called for a boycott of Tor books, on the grounds that the editorial staff didn't want our money. Or at least, that's the takeaway when they call readers hateful, sexist, misogynistic, etc. In the interim, John Scalzi did not deliver a book last year(he's signed for 13), and his current book is underselling to the point that it is currently on Amazon for over 30% off. It had been cheaper, but maybe it sold enough to bring the price back up.
Now, the Supreme Dark Lord has recently posted that he has information that Tor is going to be dropping a number of authors soon. Now, in one of his Darkstreams, he did mention that he did not believe this to be the result of the Torcott. Rather, he felt this to be the result of a continued string of decisions to publish increasingly one type of fiction, romance, which Amazon recently put a hammer on from being labelled as SFF.
Now, I think it might be a bit of both, as well as miscalculation on the part of Tor. Tor has another author in their stable that gets a good amount of push from them, Brandon Sanderson. He's really good at worldbuilding, especially if you like magic systems that follow logical rules. I have several of his books(up to the Torcott, plus non-Tor), and while he's got a bit of Social Justice ideas, he hasn't behaved badly.
Here's the bit Vox may have missed: Tor recently put out a big hardcover of Cosmere stories. It's pretty, it's big, it's largely filled with stories in anthologies. There are, I believe, two new works here: an Elantris story, and an early draft of White Sand. The big deal is that Tor overestimated demand for stories we already have. The book is already half off cover price at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In fact, I suspect the audiobook is doing better, as none of it was available in that format before.
In addition to this, I think Sanderson is running late on the third Stormlight novel. Part of this is likely that he writes a lot of books. Part of it is his writing process, he currently states 93% on his third draft. From the standpoint of Tor, this costs them money. I have to wonder if they signed him to a similar large deal to Scalzi, for all of the Cosmere novels. And yes, I think the Torcott has hurt Sanderson's sales.
At any rate, there is one thing the Torcott has done: I don't miss Sanderson's work anymore. I've got too much other stuff to read, and there's so much that's good. Why should I toss money to him, when I can give that much to more books, and help more authors? I don't wish him ill, but I see this as a win.
When you play Social Justice, the world loses.