I spend a lot of my blog time warning authors about one publishing company to avoid, but there are more out there, and every so often, one of them flies onto my radar. Case in point: Silver Publishing.
Lodewyk Deysel, AKA gay romance author Leiland Dale, might have had the best of intentions when he started Silver Publishing, but fell into a pattern of behavior that we’ve seen before: being rude and abusive toward authors that ask questions about their royalty payments, spinning some yarn about why they’re not getting paid, and demanding that they buy their rights back from him when they finally decide they want out. When all else failed, he reportedly fled to South Africa to get away from the mess, leaving everything and everyone up in the air. And leaving an equally devious friend holding the bag for him. She thought she was helping him, only to discover that she was merely his patsy.
You can read more about publishing scam debacle in an insightful blog by A.J. Llewellyn. It’s definitely worth a look for anybody dealing with a questionable publisher. The comparison between the strategies and behavior of one shady publisher to another is undeniable.
Not to be confused with Liquid Silver Publishing or Silver Knight Publishing, Silver Publishing is another press that’s landed in the annals of Absolute Write. Silver has been reportedly dismantled, and eventually at least some of the money has been repaid to the authors thanks to due dilligence and an unswerving dedication of individuals in the writing and publishing community. So if you’ve been swindled by a scam publisher, take heart. Miracles do happen. However, as we all know, con artists usually find a way to sneak back in and do their level best to take advantage of new victims. Some get away with it for years before they’re finally brought down. So be aware of these names and steer clear of them.