Every time I hear that somebody paid to get away from a certain scam publisher, it pisses me off anew. Not only did she keep royalties and take money from authors up front, but she also blackmailed them out of hundreds of dollars on the way out by holding their work hostage.
Yes. I used the word blackmail, and it’s not a word I use lightly.
That’s exactly what it is when she holds your work hostage, demanding money before she’ll give it back to you.
SHE says that she’s entitled to a separation fee because it’s in her contract. She beats her authors over the head with it. Well, here’s a reminder, folks, new authors and otherwise.
HER CONTRACTS ARE NOT LEGAL AND/OR BINDING.
I can only repeat it until it sinks in. If a company isn’t legal, neither are its contracts. You can wipe your ass with your “contract” and demand your work back. That’s what Thea did, and her scam publisher had no choice but to release her work.
THAT SCAM PUBLISHER DOES NOT HOLD THE RIGHTS TO YOUR WORK.
She never did, no matter how many times both of you signed her contract. Because…
HER CONTRACTS ARE NOT LEGAL.
Illegal contract means NO OBLIGATION.
YOU DO NOT OWE HER A DIME.
Don’t pay her a penny. Demand your work back. If she refuses, turn her over to the DA for theft and the FBI for piracy. She’ll have no choice but to return your work to you.
She’ll cry “You’re getting all this work out of me for free!!!” Meaning editorial work and so forth. But consider this: She doesn’t edit. She doesn’t format. She takes the book as is and slaps it on Createspace for free. So she’s not out of any money, and she’s not out of any work, because she doesn’t do any. So she can stuff that notion up her ass sideways. There’s plenty of room for it, I’m sure.
And if she threatens to sue you for it, DARE her to. She won’t. She can’t. She’s done too much crooked shit to step in front of a judge willingly. Especially as it relates to publishing. She KNOWS she’ll never sue you. She just hopes she can intimidate you into believing it so that you’ll pay.
She wants you to believe she has all the power, but in truth, she has none. Like any malicious force, she has only the power over you that you give her.
“But my company’s closed! You’re just a bully!!” She’ll cry.
No it’s not. Her company might not be legal, but it still exists. All of her accounts are still active. She’s still at it. She’s just not bothering to put up the facade of a web presence.
Authors, Google yourselves. Many of you will find your works still for sale.
No? Well, try the foreign markets, then. For example, here’s Amazon .com in Japan. A search of Cindy Franks-white shows THIS PAGE, full of titles I bet you thought didn’t exist anymore.
Oh, yes, my friends. Your work is still very much for sale. Just not on the American market where you can readily find it. Your stuff is for sale on foreign markets where you’re less likely to look.
This is why I urge each and every one of you to contact Ingram and pull it. She’s not your publisher anymore. You have the power to do whatever you want with your title. Yank it from circulation. You’re not seeing any money from it anyway. Same thing with Amazon and Createspace. Yank it. Then…
PUBLISH IT YOURSELF.
It’s easy, and it’s free. Createspace walks you through every step of the process. And if it’s still confusing or intimidating, call me. I’ll talk you through it. For free.
And – this is very important – list YOURSELF as the only vendor of record. That means that nobody but you can sell it. That means that nobody but YOU can get paid for it. Make yourself the only vendor of record at Amazon/Createspace, and contact ingram to make sure they have you as the only vendor on record, too. No more dodgy third party sales in foreign markets that you’ve probably never heard of. No more chasing pig-trails just to try and keep up with your own titles.
Cut her off at the source.
Bovine as she may be, she’s not the cash cow I titled this post after you are. She’s milking you for every penny she can get. Don’t let her. Stop being a victim. Start being a survivor. Take back your power. Take back your money. Take back your career. It may be tarnished from being associated with her, but don’t let that stop you. A little spit and polish and you’ll be just fine. Because the one thing you’ve got going for you that she never will is the potential for success.
All she does is scheme and dream. The only real work she does is ripping off others. YOU actually have the talent. That’s why she sought you out in the first place. YOU can succeed where she can only wish.
So do it. Contact Ingram and Amazon. Yank your titles. Republish your work yourself. Make yourself the only vendor on record. Fly. Soar, my friends. The sky is the limit.