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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ignorance is Bliss - Sometimes

For the last year I’ve been dealing with well, a high risk pregnancy, a new baby and other stuff. During that time one of my publishers fell apart and I was oblivious. Now I’m not one to bad mouth a publisher, but enough is enough.
Aspen Mountain Press has failed to provide me with royalty statements for the last year. I’ve received exactly 2 checks since October 2010 and both were under $15 for seven books. I’m sorry, but even if my books weren’t selling on their site, they are on the third party vendor sites.
As of today most of the third party sites have taken down books from Aspen Mountain and their home site seems to be unavailable due to maintenance. Yeah right. I’m hoping this is the demise of them so I can finally get my rights back and self-publish my seven books.
I have made several attempts to contact the publisher via, email, phone, snail mail and certified letters. Said publisher has ignored all attempts.
So this blog today is to request that if any readers want to purchase my Aspen Mountain books – PLEASE DON’T. Wait until the end of the year and you’ll be able to get them for cheaper when I self-publish them!
The moral of this story is to stay current with your publishers and make sure you’re getting statements and the money owed. I wish I wasn’t so oblivious and discovered this far too late in the game. Maybe I wouldn’t be battling to get my rights back.

9 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to you reclaiming your books and giving them new life. Good luck with this. Regardless of a publisher's personal problems it's unforgivable they ignored you for a entire year.
    XXOO Kat

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  2. Thanks Kat! I'm really hoping I can get the two Christmas stories out in time for the holiday.

    Amber

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  3. What a mess, Amber. I'm so sorry you're having to deal with it.

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  4. Thanks Tessie. It's not fun.

    Amber

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  6. Sorry...I removed the advertisement from Baron Parker who was advertising his escort service. That's a no-no, Baron...and you should know that.

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  7. Now...where was I? Oh, yes...I wanted to say that you should look over your contracts from Aspen Mountain Press and then hit them with both barrels...since most attorney's don't know squat about publishing contracts, it might be good for you to ask a literary agent to help you get out of your contracts. They will probably charge you something for looking over your contracts, but it would be well worth it.

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  8. Thanks Fran. I've been over and over my contracts. I think they're going bankrupt so that would give me my rights back.

    Word of advice to writer's DO NOT SUB TO ASPEN MOUNTAIN....

    Amber

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  9. Oh, sorry to hear you're going through that Amber. It's so scary when publishers fall apart. It's truly the authors who suffer. I hope everything works out and you get your rights back quickly.

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