So a follow up email to authors suggest they might not be totally dead, and authors should maybe hold fire on making other plans.
Like a lot of mid-level erotic romance authors my only plans would be to self-publish when the books revert and I get around to doing it. Nothing very urgent given that my small press and self-pub books do about the same these days (a.k.a. "selling like cold cakes").
To those of you doing better, my hat is off to you :)