Here’s a guest blog by the owner of Kinship Press:
I have not made any statements on either blog because I’ve been more interested in conducting business than flinging mud, but I think it’s about time that I put this whole silly matter to rest.
First and foremost, my authors have been paid. They know very well that royalties don’t come in until the end of the following month. When royalties come to me, they go straight to my authors.
Now about Amanda Sheffer, the author and editor that’s screaming that I haven’t paid her. According to Amanda’s contract she was supposed to receive 5% from the book sales for the books she edited. Under this arrangement, she completed two books, and did about half of the work needed for a third.
None of these books sold while she was with the company, so technically, according to her contract, I don’t owe her anything, and I guarantee that another publisher out there would refuse to pay. But for the sake of being fair, I decided to pay her for her work that she did do while she was with Kinship.
Dealing with Amanda S has shown me that paying a percentage of royalties for editing a book isn’t going to work. Frankly, that’s how Tabetha does it, and I see now that it’s an inequitable system that doesn’t allow for contingencies like a book not being finished or an editor leaving the company before a book goes to print. A much better system is to pay a flat fee for editing according to the number of pages a book has. That way, an editor knows exactly how much he or she is getting for the work they do.
1 – 50 pages: $15
51 -375 pages: $50
376 -1000 pages: $100
That’s how it’s done at Kinship now. So, according to that fee scale, here’s how Amanda’s pay breaks down:
Book 1, which she finished, had less than 375 pages, so she received $50.00 for it.
Book 2 had less than 100 pages, so she was paid $15.00
Book 3 wasn’t finished, so she got $40 for the amount she did do.
She did some Anthology editing work, which she agreed to get paid $20.00 for.
Royalties for books – $18.94
Anthology royalties: $1.36
Blurbs – $5.00
Inferno, Tabetha, and all of her cronies are screaming about a blank page in Amanda’s book. Well, that was a misprint on Createspace’s part. Still, since I am the publisher, I agreed to pay to replace books that had been printed with the mistake, which has been corrected by Createspace. That added up to $82.50.
Yes I may have made some mistakes just starting out but it’s all about having the right team to work with. I’m getting that team perfected, and look forward to helping my authors produce professional books and grow their professional careers.
There have been some things brought to my attention about my authors, gossip and innuendo from people who were once associated with Kinship, but who are now riding the Tabby Train. They’re trying to hurt my authors more than what Tabetha has already done in the past. I feel bad that my authors are being dragged into this mess. All they want to do is write and let people feel their words. For anyone to try to make them feel less of what she is after all that’s already been done to them by Tabetha is disgraceful. Just by them saying such hurtful things, is proof that they are as heartless as Tabetha.
I hereby respectfully request that my authors be left alone. Whoever has a problem with me, take it up with me and stop dragging innocent people into this mess. Leave my authors alone.
There you have it folks, in a nutshell. The bottom line is that Kinship pays. Anybody who says otherwise is just kicking up a cloud of smoke and mirrors to cover up a crooked publisher out there that doesn’t.
Now, I’ve had my say. Thank you for listening.
~Jacqueline Dawn Loudan Weister