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February 24th, 2008

11:12 PM

Shoe Meets Mouth

I really don't know what to say about all those people behind a publishing house who end up giving a response that makes them come off even worse than before. The latest shoe-meets-mouth case can be seen on the EREC blog where Stuart Bazga from one Dark Castle Lords publishing house "explains" the house's problems by revealing that in the last 18 months of operation:

Due to the long and winded process of forming an LLC, we where not able to open a bank account as we did not have our Tax ID which would not be given until we had received our papers back. With that in mind, my business partner and I thought it might be better to hold of on releasing sales figures from Fictionwise until the bank account was open. Once opened we where then looking at releasing figures and making payments at the same time. As with all plans they do not always go accord to what we hoped.

What kind of business is this? No bank account even after the business is launched? Goodness, and there are actually authors submitting works to this place? And paying for those book covers? I know there are always people out there who are desperate enough to submit their works to anyone who is willing to accept those works, but... come on now. When these guys are also supposedly behind a movie house and what not, the mind boggles.

Every time someone says anything about these publishing houses, inevitably there will be future displaced and disappointed authors clamoring in the blog entry in question to accuse the messenger of being "cruel", "mean", et cetera. I am not sure what to make of the fact that none of the usual defensive responses show up on that thread. Maybe there are fewer people biting on the bait thrown out by new publishers run by people who have very little knowledge on running a business? I can only hope so.

6 comment(s).

Posted by Darlene Marshall:

Did you print his remarks verbatim? To me it's another example of "If someone claiming to be a professional publisher cannot use proper grammar, run far, run fast!"

How do people get sucked into these dark holes?
February 25th, 2008 @ 12:46 AM

Posted by veinglory:

The first mean girl and envious author accusations have, of course, been posted.
February 25th, 2008 @ 4:38 AM

Posted by Jennifer McKenzie aka Jennifer Leeland:

It's always risky to go with a newer epublisher. I do know an author who is caught in this and she's pulling her stuff.
Too bad.
February 25th, 2008 @ 4:46 AM

Posted by sallahdog:

an llc doesnt take that long to set up... In fact, you can do it online. About the longest time I have heard is about 6 weeks, and frankly you shouldn't start publishing stories BEFORE you have your tax ID, how are you going to take in money? the IRS is no one to kid around with. My company funds go in the company bank account, and the company bills get paid from that same account.... smells like a huge pile of bs to moi...
February 25th, 2008 @ 7:58 AM

Posted by an author:

Sallahdog, it is a huge pile of bs. I have had dealings with these people in the past. I hadn't be pubbed before and Pam said, "Oh just write a story and throw in a castle... we'll publish it." And this was without ever reading a word I'd written. But also actually knowing this woman, all this 'news' is no shocker to me. She's really good at running her mouth, but doing nothing but sitting on her ass. I feel sorry for anyone who signed with them. Models included.
February 29th, 2008 @ 4:21 AM

Posted by author:

Amen to the poster before me. I'm glad I'm not alone in knowing those things about Pam. I'm also glad people are coming out to reveal her true color or what she calls it, her "agenda and drama."
February 29th, 2008 @ 4:54 AM