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I don’t know how accurate this is, but apparently this is what the CEO of Mardi Gras Publishing had to say in response to some of the comments that have been floating around, re the closure of MGP. (Bare in mind this info was posted by an anonymous source, so cannot be taken as gospel.)


Hmmm… Hormonal females eh? Nice…

Incidentally, Teresa, if these aren’t your words, just let me know, and I’ll amend accordingly. Although judging from this report of your past unethical behaviour, I have a feeling that the words were indeed yours.

UPDATED WITH LINKS ABOVE

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  • Shelly @ Bewitched
    August 29
    7:37 pm

    WOW! I don’t have any other words at the moment. I really, really hope that she didn’t say that…

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  • Nora Roberts
    August 29
    8:16 pm

    My reaction to this on Paying Authors below.

    If this isn’t an accurate quote, it certainly does this woman a disservice.

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  • Karen Scott
    August 29
    8:22 pm

    Nora, I think that this may be right, judging from some of the reports of how she conducted business in the past.

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  • Jane
    August 29
    9:28 pm

    Good lord. I just read the thread at Absolute Write and the comments posted by Teresa Jacobs are a bit horrifying in view that she is the publisher and owner/president of Mardi Gras Publishing. Some of her comments are almost incomprehensible.

    I am totally ignorant here, but I also can’t believe that they take your work, edit it, make money off of it but expect the author to a) pay to have their book for sale and b) have to do all the marketing? I don’t even know what is meant by a NET contract. Maybe someone can explain that one for me.

    Like one of the last posters said, why not just self publish?

    I also don’t understand how the publisher views her authors as a “family” but if that is indeed the way of the epublishing business, the Gail Northman email sounds totally sane now.

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  • Emily Veinglory
    August 29
    11:01 pm

    A net contract allows the publisher to cover all their costs before paying any royalties at all.

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  • Darragha!
    August 29
    11:47 pm

    My step-father is published with MGP. He believes that Teresa is going to give back his rights before she files bankruptcy. I don’t think I am going to be able to convince him that those contracts are assets and she cannot “give them back” if she is filing bankruptcy. He appreciates her for giving him his “initial shot” in publishing, but damn…he has a nice little scary romance book that should be out in the world, not tied up in court.

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  • shiloh walker
    August 30
    1:59 am

    I think what kills me about this post is that kettle meet pot thing, ya know?

    dang….

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  • Ann Bruce
    August 30
    3:09 am

    Oy-vey.

    So, what’s the life expectancy of an epub these days?

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  • Samantha Lucas
    August 30
    9:36 am

    I’m a Mardi Gras author and that was pretty much it. :( She posted that on the author’s group at Yahoo.

    For the most part I’m keeping my mouth shut, but I will say it’s a very sad situation as with all the e-pubs that have folded lately.

    I’ve been an e-pub author for about a year now and am on six other sites, all of which are solid and well run. I’m proud to have my work represented on those sites and I love being in this business, but to hear the heartache of authors who had just been published and have had their dreams bruised at the very least is frustrating and maddening.

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  • Nora Roberts
    August 30
    10:12 am

    ~A net contract allows the publisher to cover all their costs before paying any royalties at all.~

    This is just nuts.

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  • Anonymous
    August 30
    11:36 am

    Damn Karen I couldn’t find your email on your site-but then again I haven’t had coffee this morning. LOL. I was the one that posted it and yes my identity shall remain secret. BUT HERE IS THE ENTIRE EMAIL.

    To: mardigraspublishing@yahoogroups.com
    From: “mardigrasboss” mardigraspublishing@gmail.com
    Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 23:50:59 -0000
    Subject: [mardigraspublishing]

    Re: Formal Announcement about Mardi Gras Publishing is FALSE

    In response to this post – I went MIA due to computer issues. And
    have now leased a system I can not afford.

    This previous post is NOT from all the editors, authors and staff.
    Only a small group.

    And the satinrougepress. com web site had been there since mardi gras
    opened because it was originally surpose to be the satin rouge line
    location.

    It amazes me how people continue to post non-accurate information.

    Mardi Gras Publishing is officially closing September 1, 2007
    I have been forced to make this decision based on lack of finances –
    hormonal females and bitching.

    I’m tired of it and refuse to listen to it any more. I gave this
    company 110% – quit my job and have received nothing but aggravation
    since.
    I have NO intention of opening another company, have you lost your
    mind?!

    Teresa

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  • Avenging Authors
    August 30
    12:09 pm

    BEWARE AUTHORS! The owner of this publishing company

    http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/

    WENDI used to work for Mardi Gras Publishing and now has opened up her own company. This woman has a severe disorder and several personalities. I want authors out there to beware-she claims she can edit, write. None of that is true.

    She is friends with Teresa Wayne and her methods are less than honorable. She has a tendency to sneak into publisher chat rooms under the disguise of being a reader and talk bad about the publisher. She has done it numerous times. She’s psychotic and claims to know the vice president of the US and claims to have been to dinners at Shaq’s house-yes the basketball player I know.

    I’m warning authors now -DO NOT PUBLISH WITH THIS WOMAN. It will come back to bite you in the ass.

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  • Jane
    August 30
    1:53 pm

    I’ve spoken at length with my reader friends and others that authors, regardless of where they are published (e or print) fail to treat their writing as a business. Each other is a small business. As a small business, you cannot survive without a good business plan. I would bet my house that the great majority of authors don’t know what a business plan is or don’t even have written goals regarding what they want to achieve in 5 years.

    This belief is further buttressed by the actions of authors of late. They don’t appear to have thought out even a year in advance, let alone five years. There appears to be a singular lack of research performed about the companies in which they invest. Perhaps because writing is not their main source of income, they can choose to be reckless with the present and the future.

    While I certainly don’t condone the tactics taken by these epublishers, authors have the onus to make good reasoned decisions with their work. If the person who is running the business has no experience then how can that person be trusted with your intellectual property?

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  • Nora Roberts
    August 30
    2:01 pm

    ~While I certainly don’t condone the tactics taken by these epublishers, authors have the onus to make good reasoned decisions with their work.~

    Word.

    While I have sympathy for writers who get screwed over–you always have some sympathy for your own kind–what I’m hearing over and over tells me too many, far too many are simply allowing themselves to get screwed over–and saying, doing nothing about it.

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  • Avenging Authors
    August 30
    2:31 pm

    **If the person who is running the business has no experience then how can that person be trusted with your intellectual property?**

    Jane, you have a very good point. Mostly all of these new e-publishing companies have NO experience. Zilch. No writing, no editing, no business experience.

    I’m a writer and I have learned this the hard way.

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  • Jane
    August 30
    2:40 pm

    Where is EPIC? I mean what role is that organization serving to the e-authors? Shouldn’t they be leading the charge to protect their membership much like RWA is attempting to protect its membership?

    If EPIC isn’t doing it for e authors then maybe someone needs to start a new organization or work to start a separate chapter in RWA that is devoted to epublishing and providing guidelines for authors about epublishers and what the warnings signs are, what questions authors should ask, what contract provisions are fair and what are not.

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  • Avenging Authors
    August 30
    2:54 pm

    In my opinion, most of these chapters and EPIC is out to get your money, because there are NO guidelines set. Anyone, can open an epublishing company and obtain ISBN numbers and say they are legit. But what the f**k is going on behind the scenes? No author can ever be sure that the royalty statement they are recieving is ever legit.

    I’m published with two epublishing companies-and that’s as far as I’m taking it. My personal goal is to see my self in print one day. But print standards are way higher than epublishing standards. It’s to f**king bad that these idiots running these epublishing companies can basically do whatever the hell they want and substantially cheat the authors in the end.

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  • Shannon Stacey
    August 30
    3:10 pm

    A net contract allows the publisher to cover all their costs before paying any royalties at all

    Authors signed this? Are you freaking kidding me?

    I understand it’s hard to turn down a chance at publication. If a publisher says “here’s a contract”, it’s hard to walk away. But there ARE other publishers out there. Publishers who walk a little more on the professional side and offer acceptable terms.

    And if you get rejected by those, then don’t jump at whatever shitty deal some fly-by-night outfit throws at you. Take an objective look at your work. Improve your craft, learn, write, improve some more. Resubmit to a publisher that knows how to conduct the business of publishing in a way that’s mutually financially beneficial.

    Strive, but don’t settle. And if you throw yourself in the dirt at somebody’s feet like a welcome mat, don’t bitch when you get stepped on.

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  • Nora Roberts
    August 30
    3:22 pm

    Shannon, I agree with everything you said, but especially like this:

    ~Strive, but don’t settle. And if you throw yourself in the dirt at somebody’s feet like a welcome mat, don’t bitch when you get stepped on.~

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  • Barbara B.
    August 30
    4:10 pm

    Those last two lines of Shannon Stacey’s comment really says it all.

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  • Ann Cory
    August 30
    5:08 pm

    I am an author with Mardi Gras Publishing, and that email is indeed what was sent out to our author loop on August 28th, after not hearing a single word from her in almost a month.

    Rather than being professional and realizing that our demands for our rights and royalties are legitimate – she is playing this like a game.

    Many of us are not sitting down and taking this lightly. This is our work. We deserve to be paid for the time spent writing, editing, and promoting it. Not only that – I won’t be intimidated or bullied into silence by someone who hasn’t shown me any kind of respect or courtesy.

    In any business – if your boss goes MIA for almost a month and doesn’t pay you – you wouldn’t just sit there at your desk twiddling your thumbs. You wouldn’t sit there and think it’s okay that all of a sudden you can’t pay some bills that you are responsible for. This is a business – and needs to be conducted as such.

    Okay – now I need some calming tea.

    ~Ann Cory

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  • Barbara B.
    August 30
    7:56 pm

    Ann Cory, weren’t you once with Ocean’s Mist Press? Did you get out before that meltdown or is this like deja vu all over again for you?

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  • Ann Cory
    August 30
    9:03 pm

    Hi Barbara -

    Yes, I got out of both Ocean’s Mist Press and Venus Press before both the big meltdowns. I think that is why I’m fighting even harder on this one – this way of conducting business has to stop. I don’t know what happened to professionalism.

    ~Ann Cory :)

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  • Barbara B.
    August 30
    9:13 pm

    I’m glad you didn’t get burned in those meltdowns, Ann. Hope you come out of this one as unscathed as possible.

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    12:27 am

    I think the best we can do is speak out when we see red flags and hope that others have the sense to listen. Unfortunately, some people are so desperate to get published that they refuse to hear the truth about someone who has offered them a contract.

    The RWA *could* step up to the plate and educate its members on doing due diligence on prospective business partners, but it’s much easier to just keep making lists.

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  • Marianne LaCroix
    August 31
    2:16 am

    Anonymous Author Avenger….

    I do not see how warning people about a different company relates to MGP closing and the antics of the owner there.

    Wendi has been gone from MGP for months… I explained my opinion as to why on Katrina’s blog.

    So, Regan…it is Regan, isn’t it? Why attack someone that it is not the subject of the discussion? Teresa is the bad guy here.

    I am so tired of this drama. I won’t say anything more on it. I saw the post Jaden sent out to the authors….it is posted all over the net now by another former author there. Sickening.

    I must say, the backstabbing crap is just unprofessional. Completely inexcusable.

    And by the way, I am webmistress at Red Rose and have always been paid…in advance.

    Mari

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  • Kayleigh J.
    August 31
    2:23 am

    would bet my house that the great majority of authors don’t know what a business plan is or don’t even have written goals regarding what they want to achieve in 5 years.

    This belief is further buttressed by the actions of authors of late. They don’t appear to have thought out even a year in advance, let alone five years.

    Unfortunately, that seems all too true. You damn well better believe I’ve got a business plan – typed out and tacked to the wall of my office and everything. My first novel hit the “e-shelves” A month and a half before I started law school.

    It seems as if every day I learn something in my writing career that teaches me about the law, and something in law school that teaches me about my writing career.

    I’ve shared my plan with a few colleagues and friends. Some have nodded and identified, but others have asked, “are you crazy? Why bother with that when you should be focusing on your next book?”

    To which I reply, “because I want that next book to take me places.”

    And I have a plan with my “day job,” too. So far, it’s working famously. I’ve found that baby steps take you farther in the end. But you have to plot the destination before you start walking.

    As for the rest of the discussion here, I’ve commented enough on this MGP nonsense elsewhere. I’m going to leave it be.

    -Kayleigh Jamison

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  • Wendi
    August 31
    2:27 am

    Hi every one, yes I Wendi Felter started up Red Rose Publishing. After looking at all the things plus meeting with Small Business Association, getting a business advisor, even meeting with IRS, State and local tax etc… I did a lot of research before the company ever came into play. I did not go into this blindly or with eyes closed. I do have lots of experiance in the business world.

    I am owed almost $1,900 from Mardi Gras Publishing of which I have proof. As far as being a friend of Teresa Jacobs that friendship was ended over 6 months ago.

    I am not afraid to show anyone my company and stand by what I am doing. FYI starting a company is not cheap as I know. I even went so far as to take an ethic class which I have a certficate for.

    We are Red Rose Publishing are very proud of ourselves and what we have accomplished as we are doing things the legal, ethical and morally right.

    But this discussion was about Mardi Gras Publishing and not about making snide comments about Red Rose Publishing. Especially when you know nothing about us.

    As far as being psychotic, I do not think so, nor do I know the Vice President of the US or Shaq so please try to find out facts before you speak out of hand.

    Mud slinging,accusations and name calling is not very grown or professional so please try to be professional.

    I am sorry you feel you have to act this way but hope you act better with your publishers than you do on this blog.

    Take care and have a great evening,

    Wendi
    http://www.redrosepublishing.com
    Publishing with a touch of Class!

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  • Wendi
    August 31
    2:33 am

    I am sorry that I did not spell check as I was too upset to check. I apologize as I spelled experiance wrong..

    Sorry,

    Take care,

    Wendi
    http://www.redrosepublishing.com
    Publishing with a touch of Class!

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  • Desiree Erotique
    August 31
    3:54 am

    Hmm. If one has proof of publisher misconduct and makes a statement succinctly and without emotionalism, this is one thing. But to comment at a blog under an untraceable identity and start throwing out the hearsay accusations like used tissues, well.. I can only suggest that “avenging authors” find his or her dictionary and look up the difference between revenge and avenge. Whatever goads our anger never justifies deliberately malicious behavior.

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  • Sarah McCarty
    August 31
    2:41 pm

    I absolutely agree authors should have a business plan. I certainly have one and revise it as needed.

    We plot our books so our stories don’t go off course. We should plot our carers with the same care.

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  • Karen Scott
    August 31
    3:33 pm

    I clicked on the link, but there doesn’t seem to be anything especially illuminating there?

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    4:11 pm

    Just trying to point out that the no experience factor resulting in weak editing. And yes I gave the book a shot, before posting.

    Avenging Authors

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    5:05 pm

    Just trying to point out that the no experience factor resulting in weak editing. And yes I gave the book a shot, before posting.

    So two people don’t like the book. I’m sorry, but how is that proof of anything?

    And there wasn’t anything wrong with Jaden Sinclair’s post. She did not want to be associated with Mardi Gras Publishing. Can you really the f**k blame her?

    This I find completely contradictory. Jaden Sinclair’s post was in defense of MGP, not in disassociation with it.

    I’m going to repost the email, since it seems to be of interest now. And yes, this is from a supposed best-selling ebook author. Any wonder people criticize the quality of the industry?

    I really don’t think I need to say anything else about it, it speaks for itself.

    -Anonymous for obvious reasons, and thoroughly disgusted.

    “jadensinclair
    Sent: Tuesday, 28 August 2007 1:14 PM
    To: MGP_Authors_Loop@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [MGP_Authors_Loop] I have been quiet long enough!

    SON OF A BITCH!!

    DOES THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO SAY?? IT IS FUCKING SICKENING HOW ONE PERSON MAKES A MISTAKE AND YOU ALL
    FALLOW SOMEONE AND GO OUT FOR BLOOD. ARE WE IN THE DAMN STONE AGES?

    I SENT OFF ONE MESSAGE TO ONE PERSON AND SHE ACTS LIKE SHE
    IS GOD.

    I TALKED TO TERESA TONIGHT IS EVERYONE HAPPY NOW???????

    THE COMPANY IS CLOSING. MOST HAVE HELPED IN THIS MATTER BY NOT
    SELLING, DEMANDING PRINT BOOKS THAT DONT SELL AND NOW THIS. IF I
    SOUND PISSED I AM!

    WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT US? THAT WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH,
    WHEN A
    PUTER GOES DOWN LETS TAKE A HEAD? WHO WANTS US WHEN WE DO THAT.

    YOU WANT THE FUCKING SCOOP HERE IT IS…

    TERESA HAS NO NET. HER DOG CHEWED THE CABLE, ONE PUTER CRASHED AND
    SHE IS BROKE. IS SHE GOING TO SHIT OUT A PUTER, OR BEG TO GET ON AT
    THE LIBARY WHEN KIDS ARE USING THE PUTER TO STUDY? THINK PEOPLE!!!! FOR CHRIST SAKES.

    THE COMPANY HAS LOST MONEY. SHE TIRED TO KEEP IT TOGETHER AND FIX
    THINGS EVEN WHEN OTHERS WERE UTTING THEIR NOSES IN WHERE IT DIDNT BELONG. EVERYONE MAKES A MISTAKE AND YOU ALL WANT HER ASS.

    SHE IS GIVING EVERYONE THEIR BOOKS/ CONTRACTS BACK ON SEPT 1. AFTER THAT THE COMPANY WILL BE FILING A CHAPTER 7. SHE IS MAKING SURE YOU ALL ARE NOT TIED UP LIKE TRISK IS WITH CONTRACTS. SO HOWS THAT FOR FUCKING YOU LIKE YOU SEEM TO THINK??? IF SHE DIDNT GIVE A SHIT THEN SHE WOULD TIE US ALL UP AND NOT LET US GO.

    WHY YOU COULDNT GET IN TOUCH, SHE GOT A JOB. AND FOR ALL OF YOU WHO
    THINK THEY WOULD KNOW, YOU KNEW SHIT. I KNEW AS SOON AS SHE GOT IT
    BUT KEP MY MOUTH SHUT FOR HER. TERESA IS MY FRIEND.

    IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE WHAT
    HAPPENS TO HER AGAINST HER THATS YOUR CHOICE, BUT STOP PUTTING ME IN
    THE MIDDLE HERE. I WAS FRIENDS WITH HER BEFORE SHE STARTED THE COMPANY AND I WILL BE AFTER.

    IF YOU ALL THINK YOU ARE SO MUCH BETTER THAN OTHERS, THEN GO
    AWAY QUIETLY. STOP TRYING TO HURT SOMEONE.

    REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK
    ABOUT HER GETTING TO ANOTHER PUTER IS SHIT. SOME PLACES CHARGE FOR
    PERSONAL USE ON A PUPLIC PUTER.

    NOW THAT THE DIRT IS OUT LET THE DUST SETTLE. GETTING
    LAWYERS AND SUIEING WONT SALVE ANYTHING BUT GIVING YOURSELF THE REP OF BEING A TROULBE
    MAKER. THINK ABOUT THAT FOR A CHANGE.

    THIS SHIT HAS GOTTEN SO OUT OF HAND, AND YOU ALL NEED TO STOP
    LOOKING FOR A LEADER. IF YOU CANT THINK FOR YOURSELF THEN YOU HAVE
    A MOJOR PROBLEM.”

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  • Nora Roberts
    August 31
    5:22 pm

    It’s appalling that anyone in any area of publishing–or any profession for that matter–would write a raving mess like that e-mail. Screaming obscenities in all caps, blaming others and in a strange and woefully inarticulate manner.

    Compare that with Angela’s interview currently at SB, (in fact any of the posts I’ve read from Angela)and it’s easy to see why some e-pubs and the people inside them are respected, and others will never be.

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    5:25 pm

    Wow I absolutely did not see this one at all. THIS IS THE ONE I SAW:

    — In JadenSinclair@ yahoogroups. com, “Jaden Sinclair”

    ANOTHER UPDATE!!!

    I am working on a home for the shifter books! If this deal works
    and
    they take it, my good news to you all is that you dont have to wait
    forever for shifter 5 to come out. Now the bad news is the books
    wouldn’t come out until Jan or March, only because this place is
    book
    solid!

    I am also looking into another home for the bloodmates. Now if
    they are
    accepted where I am looking at then I plan to make a few changes to
    those book. One being that instead of 4 there will be 2 large
    books in
    that sereis. Another change is will be to that last book.. didnt
    sit
    well with me. But just so you all know, it will be good as ever.
    Wont
    let you down there, I promise.

    Now I need to say this, mostly for my own peace of mind. The
    trouble
    that is going on in the loops regarding MGP..I’m not apart of
    that. Even
    thought the company is closing, and that is hurting me and you
    all, I am
    still on friendly turms with Teresa. This bothers others.

    I ask you all to to keep in mind that I have nothing to do what is
    stirring up regarding Teresa, the company, and the upset authors.
    I’m
    moving on, finding new places, (one being Siren) and hope to keep
    you
    all informed in this. Mostly I am stating that I am not part of
    the
    trouble, or trouble makers. So PLEASE dont look, or think that I
    might
    be involved in any of this. My only goal is to write, and give
    you all
    what you want, which is more books.

    Now on that note.. I will go back to my world of writing and
    finding
    homes. I have two new books in motion, one being a new 4 book
    series.

    If anyone has questions… my door is open!

    Jaden

    AND NOW MY OPINION

    GOOD GOD, but Jaden needs to discover something called spell check. I retract what I said about her-hey when I’m wrong I’ll admit it.

    What you posted above has got to be the biggest piece of shit, I’ve seen in history.

    Just because an author asks for their rights back, doesn’t make them a fucking trouble maker. When a publisher skips out on every thing she promised the author, that just makes them cow dung, horse manure…yeah you get the picture.

    Avenging Authors

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    5:27 pm

    ***Screaming obscenities in all caps, blaming others and in a strange and woefully inarticulate manner.***

    LMAO, Nora.

    OMG, That was beyond strange, and if she writes like that in emails, I shudder to think what Jaden Sinclair’s books are like.

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  • Sarah McCarty
    August 31
    5:48 pm

    *blink*

    Wow! Things got hopping here.

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    5:54 pm

    ***Screaming obscenities in all caps, blaming others and in a strange and woefully inarticulate manner.***

    First of all, Nora, I don’t read your books but I think I love you. The fact that you also spend time on the blogs is somewhat comforting. (though in another vein, disturbing as it baffles me even further now how you crank out books with such startling speed)

    OMG, That was beyond strange, and if she writes like that in emails, I shudder to think what Jaden Sinclair’s books are like.

    Having read one of them (or tried to) I can tell you, much the same. The Devil’s Virgin was one of two books in the last ten years I haven’t been able to finish – and I force myself to finish everything no matter how awful, it’s an OCD thing. Needless to say, I have not bought another Jaden Sinclair book since and never will, and how she rockets to the top of Fictionwise on a regular basis never ceases to amaze me.

    Avenging Authors –

    I had not seen that second email myself. But the spelling and grammatical errors are still rampant, though thankfully the “CAPSLOCK OF DOOM” are gone.

    Do these people give no consideration to their public image and their careers when they shoot off like this?

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  • Karen Scott
    August 31
    6:07 pm

    Anon 6.05 that has to be the funniest damn post I’ve read in a long time, I’m laughing so hard I’m scaring my poor nephew. Damn, she obviously didn’t read my subsequent post about authors and literacy. Laughing my fucking arse off!!

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    6:27 pm

    Karen, my precise thinking as I posted it was, “if this doesn’t prove Karen’s point, I don’t know what does.”

    Though in her defense, they do tell you to start out with an attention grabbing first sentence to rope in your reader. “SON OF A BITCH!!!!!!” certainly caught mine.

    *sniggering loudly*

    -Anon 6.05 again

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    6:28 pm

    Dear Avenging Authors…

    I believe you have Wendi Felter and Patti Rebman aka AP Miller confused. At least I hope it’s confusion and not a deliberate smear. Patti used to sneak into publisher chat rooms under the disguise of being a reader to diss a publisher is totally her MO. Furthermore, she ran a smear campaign for Teresa, mainly directed at Wendi, Aphrodite’s Apples’ admin – HS Kinn, Kitty Strauss, Kayleigh Jamison, Stella & Audra Price (for speaking out against MGP’s shady business practices), and Rites of Romance. Basically anyone who wanted to hold Teresa responsible for her business practices or quality control of her fiction.

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  • Anonymous
    August 31
    6:38 pm

    **Though in her defense, they do tell you to start out with an attention grabbing first sentence to rope in your reader. “SON OF A BITCH!!!!!!” certainly caught mine. **

    Lmao I’m still cracking up over this shit. In Jaden’s defense though, she may have been off her medication that day.

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  • Aline de Chevigny
    August 31
    6:40 pm

    I’m not directly involved in this mess, but I do know quite a few of the authors that are and it breaks my heart to think that it might be years until they could get their rights back.

    I have been approached and had MGP recommended to me, but I took one look at the contract and it didn’t sit right with me so I turned it down. That’s not to say I didn’t do my homework, but until about 6 months ago all reports on MGP were positive. So I don’t think it’s fair to say that authors haven’t done their homework.

    Jaden, is just that Jaden, he only concern is herself. (I know this from personal experience) and the 2nd email was because she realised that her rant had escaped the MGP loops and readers were now seeing it. She’s just trying to cover her own ass. She’s not stupid, she knows who buys her books. As for her still being friends with Theresa, I’d say she got paid unlike other authors, editors and cover artists.

    I agree with the business plan, and I have one. Myslef and my crit group also update of TO DO list every January and we get together to go over where we are on that list.

    Nora I agree with your comments, but you need to keep inmind that e-publishing is alot smaller than print. It doesn’t take much for an author,especially a new author to tagged a trouble maker. Especially if the person they are speaking against has more clout than they do. and it never matters in the end who was right, cause that poor author never loses that rep, even if they were coprrect to start with. They rocked the boat, so to speak and therefore they are bad.

    That’s why a lot of author stay quiet. When you get your hand slaped often enough, you keep it out of the fire.

    Aline

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  • Raine Delight
    August 31
    8:54 pm

    As an author at MGp and dealing with this junk, I am findingit hard to deal with the fact this woman-a liar, cheat and fraud- stole from em and many other of her authors. I am a new author, I reviewed and have been active in publishing one way or another the last few years but I never, ever had someone do this and then expect us to all go away quietly. She posted this on the author loop and that was it. No apologies, no explanaitons (well real ones actually, not the excuses she gices) and no mention of our final royalties. We found out alot of information on her the last week and it is heartbreaking to us at MGp who believed her lies, was told to be quiet and not make waves. Can I say this hasn’t been a learning experience? It has and one I had to learn the hard way. Now I am going to be more choosey and though I researched MGP before I signed, I still kick myself for not listening to the warning signsd that quietly showed itself that Teresa had a convient excuse to explain to us. Now with the threat of Bankruptcy that will hold us up from re-subbing our already published books, I for one, am spittingmad th s woman has decided to play a game with us all and stole money from us.

    Ok Now i need to cool off since i am so worked up. Thank you for listening to my rant and since i never been here, I enjoyed everyone’s remarks. Ms. Roberts I tremendously respect you and have to say your remarks are very thought provoking. Thank you to you all.

    Raine Delight

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  • Barbara B.
    August 31
    9:09 pm

    Just when I think the very bottom of the romance fuckery barrel has surely been scraped…

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  • shiloh walker
    August 31
    10:24 pm

    NR said

    Screaming obscenities in all caps, blaming others and in a strange and woefully inarticulate manner.

    I am so sorry, my smart ass attitude is getting the better of me… I gotta say it.

    If I ever go off my meds and do a rant like this one, I’m going make sure I scream articulately.

    I had to say it. I have a weird sense of humor and you all can feel free to ignore me…I won’t mind at all. :P

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  • KateS
    August 31
    10:39 pm

    I think everyone needs to read their posts before sending. Troublemaker is ONE WORD. And yes, Jaden spelled it incorrectly first, but do we really want to follow in her footsteps? :-P

    And Karen, I read this blog for TWO HOURS this morning trying to catch up, and came back home to even more madness. I salute you, oh stirrer-upper of bloggy goodness. You keep me entertained.

    And hi, Nora! Glad you made it to this sad, sad display. :-D

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  • Patti Rebmann aka AP Miller
    September 1
    2:52 am

    Hello authors. I am Patti Rebmann yes..the AP Miller anon has decided to bash..first of all this anon person could never touch my credibility or match my resume as a profesional author or editor, and for that matter a human being. I never ventured into publisher chat rooms to bash anyone. I loathe chats! And find them boring and immature. I have been in the public eye for twenty-two years, a senior editor of three publishing companies and a major ezine. I have twenty-two novels and 178 articles acredited to my name. I have an agent, a director, a producer, a publicist, a marketer and a personal assistant. What do you have anon? I graduated with a Masters degree in English, a BA in Journalism and Fiction Writing. Maybe you would like to challenge that? I would never stoop so low. As a matter of fact I spoke against the e-book industry to RWA and my local chapter NJRW. I would never recommend it to anyone. I stepped in to help the MGP authors against Teresa. At least I don’t have to hide behind a curtain in a lame attempt at trying to ruin an accomplished authors career…sorry to disappoint you…it will never happen. I am too well known and respected by people in high places. It sickens me how “newbie authors” get into this business with shit behind their ears again assuming they can take on the responsibility of criticizing a person they don’t know. And I’m sure I don’t know you because I don’t associate myself with idiots. If this is indeed an attempt on trying to soil my good name then let’s play your game and see how far you get. I can tell from your posts you are not an experienced person or an educated one.

    Ms. Nora, I commend you and I simply adore you. To the other women in here, thanks for the laugh I needed that. For ANON don’t dare try this again. I better not find my name being smudged. By the way you have very nice green eyes…sure your real name isn’t jealousey?

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  • Treasures Antique Store
    September 1
    4:01 am

    My goodness, this has been quite an emotional experience for many people. In a way, it is a comfort that it is not just at MGP who are feeling these emotions.

    First, way back early on in this thread someone seemed to think I said something about Wendi and MGP. My comment was a response elsewhere, made to Linn Random that Wendi had been released from a review site I’m part of. I haven’t made any public comments about her work at MGP. As far as I’m concerned, what went before doesn’t have that much of a bearing as what is going on now with MGP closing its doors. Yes, she’s been gone since February.

    The way this whole issue is being handled by the publisher, Teresa Jacobs aka Teresa Wayne is what the root problem is. At least that is my experience. Not just the closing of the company, but the things she was doing behind the scenes. Shell companies where she thinks she can declare bankruptcy and open up again under a new name, sudden contract changes–which she badgered people into signing, unsigned royalty checks, bounced checks, no checks were only the tip of that iceberg.

    What has turned up recently with books being sold on Ebay, and a few other things that shouldn’t really be made public at this point due to protecting the authors’ legal rights have been found out. What is most distrubing and brought tears to my eyes today was finding out that the book that was supposed to be sold for charity with all royalties going to this entity never happened. Teresa never gave it to the charity but pocketed the money. This is so incredibly disheartening, to put it mildly.

    For the past week I’ve been focused on helping out the authors who were blindsided by this whole experience and didn’t quite know what to do. I’m one of those people who during a crisis becomes very organized and tries to figure out what needs to be done and then I break down later. I should have been working on edits for a book I have coming out in March. Fortunately that publisher is extremely supportive and gave me until Sunday to turn them in. She understood I need a clear mind to make my own work shine and it wasn’t clear this week.

    I could be wrong, but I believe that the now former MGP authors are going through the grief process. Being human and individuals we aren’t in each stage at the same time, but we are experiencing them. The anger and vitriol has been what most loops have seen.

    There is bargaining in believing Teresa will, of her own accord, do the right thing. She would, in public on the author loop, be quite abusive and make demands to promote or otherwise. Those tantrums made many people wary and because of them, like in abusive situations, it seems some people hope if they do what she wants and make nice to her it will be all right with their books. It won’t.

    There are bouts of resignation and sadness.

    We are a diverse group of people and the commonality of this situation has made us an amazing team.

    Many publishers, authors and reviewers have stepped forward and offered us support, condolences, submission information and kindness. That support is very much appreciated by each of us. Truly compassionate messages come daily and that bit of humanity lets, at least me know, at some point it will be over.

    I have an edit to get done, a second pass on a draft I just finished and the need to re-read my as yet unsubmitted time travel just to be sure. That is what is important now.

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  • sybil
    September 1
    4:03 pm

    Patti,

    To quote what a really smart person once said…

    Who ARE you?

    BUT this:
    For ANON don’t dare try this again. I better not find my name being smudged. By the way you have very nice green eyes…sure your real name isn’t jealousey?

    is classic… thanks muchly for the giggle… Oh and if you decide to call me out and tell me ‘don’t you dare’ do finish the threat.

    I do so hate cliffhangers. Play on

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  • Mrs Giggles
    September 1
    4:24 pm

    Something doesn’t add up here.

    Why are some Anonymice people bringing this Wendi Felton person into the MGP mess? From what I understand, she’s started her own company and has no ties anymore with MGP. So why are some people bringing up her alleged sins?

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  • Kayleigh Jamison
    September 1
    5:05 pm

    A wise observation, Mrs. G. Opinions about Wendi are very polarized. I, for one, chose to form my own rather than go off others.

    I have told Wendi personally that only time will tell if Red Rose Publishing will sink or swim. But so far I am impressed with her. Royalties are paid quarterly, but she has provided me with statements every month thus far, she answers all questions, and so on and so forth.

    The issue here isn’t Wendi Felter; it’s Mardi Gras Publishing and Teresa Jacobs.

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  • Karen Scott
    September 1
    6:13 pm

    As a matter of fact I spoke against the e-book industry to RWA and my local chapter NJRW.

    Erm… according to my sources Patti, you’ve submitted to various e-publishers and been rejected time and time again, for both content editing and line editing positions.

    Why would you complain about an industry that you yourself have tried to gain entry into?

    Some people may see that as sour grapes.

    Just sayin’.

    By the way, who do you write for again?

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  • Patti
    September 1
    6:37 pm

    I really wish I knew where you were getting your information from Karen. I have never been fired for any editing position I had nor have I been rejected for my work, Let’s see…How about you query Tamara McHatton, Rochelle Webber, Dawn Seewer, Karen Simpson…I can go on hunny…you can contact Tina Haversham at Extasy, Kathryn Struck, Dick Claussen, Rene Walden…Need I saw more? No matter what you do you cannot touch my credibility…My agent is Belinda WIlliams at Literary Lifestyles and my Director is Michael Maxx Kelly…Go ahead open your big mouth some more, and contact all these people…Caridad Scordato, Irene Petersen…they know who I am…Oh let’s not for get Deb Mullins, Cris Janssen, Jan Jansen, Eloisa James…shall I go on or is this enough for you? Now I strongly advise you to shut your mouth before you wind up with a leagl suit on your hands for slander.

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  • Tarra
    September 1
    6:37 pm

    Karen, you are wrong about that. I am the owner of an editing company. I hired Patti on, so I vouch for her work.

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  • Laura
    September 1
    7:00 pm

    Patti, this isn’t intended to be a smart ass question. I am just genuinely curious. Why, as a writer, do you have a video director (Michael Maxx Kelly)?

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  • Karen Scott
    September 1
    7:01 pm

    OK Patti, apparently my sources were wrong, but I still have no idea who you are.

    Now I strongly advise you to shut your mouth before you wind up with a leagl suit on your hands for slander.

    Didn’t I see you once in a porn film? Something to do with riding donkeys and Great Danes?

    Oh that’s it, you were the one who was being ridden, and hard by the looks of things. Sorry, my bad.

    Now listen up bitch, you’re obviously a jumped up twat who thinks that their shit doesn’t smell, but let me tell you, on here I couldn’t give a flying fuck who you are, as long as you don’t annoy me. And threatening to sue people over worthless shit, brings out the not-so-nice me.

    Now take your ten hairstylists, twenty cooks, 40 butlers, and 100 jugglers, and get the fuck off my blog.

    How’s that for frank speaking?

    Still wanna sue?

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  • Anonymous
    September 1
    7:18 pm

    *bows to Karen*

    That was f’ing awesome woman.

    And by the way, she has been rejected from epubs for her work before. I wrote one of the rejections letters.

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  • Kayleigh Jamison
    September 1
    7:23 pm

    What is most distrubing and brought tears to my eyes today was finding out that the book that was supposed to be sold for charity with all royalties going to this entity never happened. Teresa never gave it to the charity but pocketed the money. This is so incredibly disheartening, to put it mildly.

    Maybe her dog ate the royalties, too.

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  • Tarra
    September 1
    7:30 pm

    “Didn’t I see you once in a porn film? Something to do with riding donkeys and Great Danes?

    Oh that’s it, you were the one who was being ridden, and hard by the looks of things. Sorry, my bad.

    Now listen up bitch, you’re obviously a jumped up twat who thinks that their shit doesn’t smell, but let me tell you, on here I couldn’t give a flying fuck who you are, as long as you don’t annoy me. And threatening to sue people over worthless shit, brings out the not-so-nice me.

    Now take your ten hairstylists, twenty cooks, 40 butlers, and 100 jugglers, and get the fuck off my blog.

    How’s that for frank speaking?

    Still wanna sue?”

    As an author, you should be more professional than that.

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  • Karen Scott
    September 1
    7:37 pm

    As an author, you should be more professional than that.

    Oh, that’s so sweet, you assume I’m an author. Awww….

    I’m much worse than that I’m afraid.

    As for professionalism, wow, anybody who comes onto a reader blog and starts threatening to sue people left, right, and centre, really needs to get a grip.

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  • Laura
    September 1
    7:42 pm

    Never mind, I think I figured it out. It’s the http://www.suitemag.com thing, right? (You’re listed as the senior editor)
    Do you have videos like the Playgirl site does, or is it just teaser pics?

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  • Cathy Clamp
    September 1
    8:24 pm

    I have to admit that this whole situation saddens me, on a number of levels, because so many people tasted publishing with this and other similar companies, often for the first time, and have gotten a lingering burn in their mouth.

    It also reminds me that a BUNCH of people don’t understand how publishing interplays with the rest of contract/bankruptcy/collection law. Please, please PLEASE–if you were published with any of the publishers who have recently made the decision to bankrupt, contact an attorney! Rights returned to the author DO NOT mean rights available to that author to later sell in bankruptcy law. Yes, every publisher in the world inserts a “if we bankrupt, we’ll return the rights” clause and every single publisher does it knowing that if a bankruptcy actually occurs, it means NOTHING. Bankruptcy law has a provision called an “automatic stay” which prevents a company (in this case, the publisher) from dispersing items that might be considered “assets” to pay creditors. Authors of a publisher are both creditor and ASSET–the manuscripts have value that can be sold to another company to pay back creditors. A Bankruptcy Trustee, who determines who gets paid when, has the right to negate the return of rights to a publisher–going as far back as six months PRIOR to the bankruptcy filing.

    This is only a very BRIEF overview and doesn’t give all the cites and links and such and isn’t intended to advise on individual contracts (because I’m not an attorney–just a concerned author and former IP paralegal.) Be very VERY careful about what you do with your books if you receive a return of rights letter. It might be valuable at some future point, but not until after the bankruptcy is concluded.

    Next in my mind is the issue of the unsigned royalty checks. Every state is different on how they deal with unsigned checks that are presented. Some allow the bearer to cash them anyway and if they don’t clear the presenter can be subject to “bad check” laws. Again, check with an attorney, because there are a lot of things about business dealings and how entertainment law cooperates with other areas of law that are really important for authors to learn.

    I wish you all luck and hope this will all soon be behind you with a brighter future again. Good luck!

    Cathy

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  • Teddy Pig
    September 1
    8:43 pm

    Watch out Karen!

    She said “a leagl suit”.

    Oh my, I do not want to see anyone get in turball with da law.

    Needs more spell check and cow bell.

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  • yet_another_karen
    September 2
    2:19 am

    Hey, Laura, it could also be because APs Authors Den profile says that her first erotica book Lone Huntress will be a TV anime series with the Scifi channel and her second Unpredicted Prophecy will be a live action movie.

    You can read it at http://www.authorsden.com/apmiller

    But she was with MGP. Didn’t she say she wouldn’t publish with an epub? I’m confoosed

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  • Karen Scott
    September 2
    7:05 am

    Oh my, I do not want to see anyone get in turball with da law.

    Now that’s funny Teddy, heh.

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  • Anonymous
    September 2
    7:20 am

    Originally posted on 31st Aug at 4.16

    Amended due to long url messing up blog!

    I agree with the business plan. I too have one and I now take the time to research everything I do. I’ve learned from the wrongs of the business.

    As to Wendi, the subject was Mardi Gras Publishing but it was also about publishing companies that don’t give a shit about their authors. You say you have experience in the publishing business. Working for a publisher as senior editor doesn’t give you experience.

    And one other thing. We know how Mardi Gras fucked up big time, and you were their senior editor, so supposedly you have experience right well check ReplyReply


  • I’ll admit that I am published with RRP and may bit a bit biased. But that link brought me to a pretty favorable review of the company.

    I’m starting to wonder why your trying so hard to change the topic of this blog off of MGP?

    Karen, I just found this blog, but I must say I’m enjoying the debates. Keep it up, I always enjoy hearing what readers think of the drama that is publishing.
    Cudos.

    Aline

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  • shiloh walker
    September 2
    12:19 pm

    Avenging Authors (and I feel really stupid using that moniker btw)

    Sorry, but there was a LOT wrong with Jaden’s post. She’s unhappy? Hey, that’s fine. She’s entitled. But there is ALWAYS a way of voicing complaints without looking like a petulant child. Or in this case, a petulant child with a bad mouth.

    The kind of language, the tone she used, the way she was casting insults around and her general lack of clarity, none of that belongs in a professional setting.

    Now if she doesn’t claim to be a professional, hey, then more power to her.

    You want to be a professional and if you want to be treated like one, then you have to act like one.

    I’ve been in the epub industry for a while now. I’m not exactly one of the veterans, but I’m definitely not a newbie at it. I can tell you one thing that I’ve learned.

    The authors that act like Miz Sinclair has acted are the ones who eventually fade away into obscurity. They are the ones that have trouble getting contracts renewed, or new contracts offered because word gets around and troublemakers are not worth the trouble.

    There’s a big hoopla going on about authors who are staying quiet out of fear of being labeled a troublemaker. I’m not going to get involved in that because part of me understands some of the fears.

    BUT…the kind of crap that Jaden was shrieking, (and she didn’t shriek it very well, either), it’s that kind of crap that will definitely get an author labeled a troublemaker.

    Epubbed authors sometimes get a little more leeway selecting who they’ll work with on projects, anthologies, series, etc. And I’ve turned down projects because some of the authors involved acted in a manner similiar to Jaden’s. I run group websites and frequently I have authors ask to get in on them. The authors that display a marked lack of professionalism like Jaden did are the authors that don’t even make it on the wait list. They are told flat out no~there’s no room.

    Professionalism COUNTS. Period. Whether that was said on a loop meant to be private is irrelevant.

    There is a way to voice complaints without making it sound like you’re insulting every soul that doesn’t agree with you. There’s a way to voice them without swearing like a sailor~and sorry, obscenities have no place in a business setting. The vast majority of people wouldn’t appreciate walking into a bank and the manager talking like Jaden did.

    A writer should be able to find a better way of expressing herself.

    I’m not looking to pimp my blog on anybody, but I got a feeling that AA and Jaden could benefit from a couple of posts.

    Your online persona

    and

    Your image

    I think Karen at one point even linked to a blog explaining that industry professionals…oh, like agents and editors from the big houses, DO read blogs. If Jaden had known that a potential agent or an editor out of Berkley or Pocket could see that post, would she have posted it?

    Bet you money the honest answer would have been NO.

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  • Anonymous
    September 2
    12:37 pm

    The avenging authors post-I posted that BEFORE I knew of Jaden’s rant.

    I also posted my mistake afterwards and apologized, because Jaden made herself look like a fucking ass. I took it back, because I’m still shaking my head-at why would someone ever post that type of bullshit.

    It was freaking hilarious though.

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  • Anonymous
    September 2
    3:15 pm

    Regarding Shiloh’s recent comments…you are SO RIGHT! And aside from the language and the insults within the post, the lack of correct spelling, punctuation, etc. also left an impression on me. A BAD one! I am a publisher, and don’t think I won’t forget that post or that author’s name…yes, we DO read blogs and we DO surf the internet. Imagine receiving a query letter written in such a fashion…you think that author even has a shot at getting a serious read from us? Not in a million years. So to get on the internet in ANY capacity and not “do your job” as a writer creates a huge BAD impression. A “supposed” author should ALWAYS be on their game, especially where publishers may see your “work”–whether it’s an email or an official query letter, it doesn’t matter. To send an email that looks like it was written by a person who doesn’t know how to spell, let alone how to punctuate (even IF they are miffed about something) and that is THEIR JOB (ie. a writer!!!) tells me that the “supposed” author is nothing but unprofessional and should be avoided at all costs. Having a beef with a company is one thing–and authors SHOULD speak out, since some of these companies seem to think everyone else is stupid and they can get away with not paying royalties, etc. But when an authors has a beef and publically takes a stand, they should make certain their words are actually spelled correctly or they end up looking like an idiot. And let me tell you, because of these types of letters, my list of “authors to avoid at all costs” grows on a daily basis and the authors have no one to blame but themselves.

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  • sybil
    September 2
    6:12 pm

    It is your use of twat and donkey, really karen it just screams you are a writer.

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  • Anonymous
    September 2
    6:56 pm

    Clarity. First let me clarify this issue with MGP. Not one author had a clue that Teresa Jacobs was in financial turmoil. There were only two cheifs there Teresa Jacobs and Wendi Felter. Teresa handled the finances of the company and hid much from Wendi. Wendi mainly ran the company and kept it on it’s feet while Teresa borrowed money from Wendi to keep the company afloat. In the begining there was book written by another author at AA that we all just found out that was supposed to be plagarized by an author at MGP. I was accused of somehow being in the middle of that one and I had no idea who HS Kinn was or some of the other authors mentioned there. I believe it was a disgruntled author who left either Silks Vault or MGP who had a jealousey problem with my success and decided to make me look bad. I generally keep to my pwn private life unless I am attacked. and I never would have been in this blog had it not ben for one of my collegues who sent me ths link. I never read blogs nor do I blog myself. We are still trying to figure this one out. Yet it truly baffles all of us that this happened, and the fact that our royalties were literally stolen from us. Right now we are all doing what we can to have Teresa criminally investigated in her home state, and it is working. Everyone including the Trisk and Venus authors are behind us. We are all in the same boat. We have a few of those authors with us so can you honestly imagine imagine going through that over and over again? I was burned by four e-book publishers. I also vowed that I would go back to print and that’s where I will remain. But to come into a blog and trash an authors name and career the way you ladies did just because some ignorant person tried to drag her name into something she was not involved in merely out of jealousey was wrong. Slamming me with insults the way you did was also wrong. Not one of you in here knows me accept one. I gave Teresa a break when she opened because I thought as others did that she was my friend. She took advantage of us all and lied. We were all angry and tempers did flare. Yes Jaden posted an insane letter, but she had a right to do. Both her and I were constanly being interrogated about what was happening to MGP and we had just as much a clue as they did. So I finally decided to jump in after getting no response from Teresa by telephone. So I created a private author loop that we could all vent in and figure out what we would do next. We had to keep it out of Teresa’s eyes because we all knew she was reading them. What really destroyed all of us is when we found out two days ago that the proceeds for our Pirate anthology never made it to St. Judes. I have been crying ever since. I feel for those children believe me. I have my own child in a grave, it is not easy. Now as far as me sneaking into chat rooms pretending I was a reader and bashing publishers is totally uncorrect. I did complain to the publicragarding Sarah Tillers misdealings at Silks Vault to the preditors and editors poll. How that woman is still in business is beyond me. I pulled her up from the gutter in three days and she treated me with dishonesty and disrespect after all I had done for her. I never ventured into chat rooms to do that I went public to save any author who had intentions of submitting to her. I do know though that after I left Silks Vault that’s when the comments began. This from jealous authors I believe or possible Sarah herself. I also never jumped on the ban wagon when several authors and our EIC left MGP back in December through March as some would like to think. I actually told Teresa she was going to fall if this crap continued. She bullied the authors into signing an addendum that would allow her to steal our money. Cudos to the ones who never signed it. It took a small group of authors to find what she had done. Teresa threatened them and dumped their contracts, stating to me she didn’t give a damn and didn’t need the drama…mind you these authors were top sellers. Well, they all left and that’s when the company began to change. Teresa manipulated all of us into thinking she was the poor innocent victim here and began crying on our shoulders. Once again because we were not behind the scenes, we had no choice but to believe her. So life went on at MGP until we all began to wonder why we weren’t selling books. Teresa could never come up with a viable answer and made every attempt to hide the issue by telling us,”Oh I have to go into a seperate page for that, can it wait?” And she would say that to me everytime.

    We knew we were selling books. We had fan mail to prove it. Teresa claimed her computer crashed, we knew it was a lie. Teresa was never one to stay away from MGP for not even an hour. She was alawys there. She abandoned ship August 4th. She didn’t surface again until a few days ago when she realized we all shut her down and went public. We did not want to end up like the poor authors of Venus, Oceans Mist and Triskelion. So we put a stop to it. As far as you reading that I would never publish with an e-book publisher again is true. I did speak against them in RWA and will do it again. Many authors in print were greatful for the informantion I conveyed. I am all for the publishers in NYC and wish they would come in and shut all the e-pubs down that are shady. I spoke highly of only a handful, and that doesn’t say much for the industry. I have been both inside and outside of this business. I help where I can because I never want to see any author, novice or not suffer in the hands of a publisher who has no clue what they are doing. We are all in this together so if I can save ten authors from making a mistake I have accomplished what I am here for. So I kindly ask from you ladies, to please ask me first who I am and what my position is in the e-book industry before you come at me with full horns…you may actually find I am a very nice person. I will answer questions and I will help out when needed. I gave quite a few authors a break in this field and helped them get published, so that must say a lot about my credibility as a human being. I am the former Senior editor of 3 publishers and a magazine. I don’t think my shit stinks, but all I know is that I worked damn hard to get to where I am today and I owe no one nothing. We all make mistakes, but when you are placed in a position such as this you will do what you can to defend your situation. None of us ever wanted this to happen, and we should hope to get guidence and condolences instead of mean-spirtied people hacking at our person. That’s all I have to say to you so I hope you finally understand the situation we are in and decide to treat us kindness and in the way we would have treated you had you been in this situation.

    AP Miller

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  • Anonymous
    September 2
    8:02 pm

    I can’t help it. I am appalled at the horrible posts from people who are ostensibly writers. Dear heavens, where is the grammar? Where is the cohesive thought? Where is spell check?

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  • Barbara Sheridan
    September 2
    8:43 pm

    AP MIller said:
    we should hope to get guidence and condolences

    Um, no.

    I don’t know about anyone else but I knew that taking a chance with MGP for my little YA book was just that–taking a chance. Ordinarily I would avoid a newer company and have never been a big fan of quarterly payments but at the time what I saw as a couple decent perks (cover art gig for my uber-talented child #2 and print version very soon after e-release) seemed a livable trade off.

    *insert practical side shrieking I told ya so here*

    Due to a questionable statement for my daughter’s other YA cover work in addition to general sales figures for my book I asked to be released from my contract on 7/24.

    I’m not happy that my little YA might be tied up in court. Am I angry? Yes I’m angry at myself for “knowing better” but taking the leap anyway.

    I’m closer to fifty than I want to be. There have been a few stupid things I’ve done that “seemed like a good idea at the time”. You fxxk up, you learn from it, you move on and don’t make that mistake again.

    No guidance or condolences needed in this corner.

    I’ve clung to my tiny niche in the publishing world since 1998 I can cling a little longer.

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  • Karen Scott
    September 2
    11:21 pm

    But to come into a blog and trash an authors name and career the way you ladies did just because some ignorant person tried to drag her name into something she was not involved in merely out of jealousey was wrong

    Actually Patsy, I don’t recall anybody trashing you. Whereas, you threatened to sue people in your first post here.

    I let people pretty much post what they want to on here, but there’s nothing that annoys me more than melodramatic histrionics from people who should know better.

    The comment that you responded so defensively to, was pretty innocuous, and was more about seeking clarification as to why you would speak out against e-pubs, when you seemed to be keen on working with them.

    Also, you told me to shut my mouth on my own blog. You should have read the title of the blog before you pressed send. It would have saved you a lot of grief.

    So I kindly ask from you ladies, to please ask me first who I am and what my position is in the e-book industry before you come at me with full horns…

    Erm, the same way you did? I actually asked you a straight forward question, you’re the one who chose to answer with venom.

    I’ll play along anyway; So, what is your position within the e-book industry, because quite frankly, after all the space you just used up to write your comment, I’m none the wiser.

    Erm, btw, you should consider inserting more spaces in a comment as long as the one you just made.

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  • Anonymous
    September 3
    3:53 am

    I have dealt with Patti/AP in the past. I was shocked by Patti’s so-called professionalism and the stories bandied about at conferences about lack of etiquette. Professional? Heehee! Patti made a funnnnny ;)

    It is so special to see her personality translates in such positive ways online. I must now run out and buy alllllllllllll AP Miller’s books. Someone will get a check this month.

    Snarknonymous

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  • Anonymous
    September 3
    4:09 am

    Oh lord I wish I could spill the beans about the extent of this chick’s neurosis, but doing so would likely give me away. Let’s just say this woman thinks she’s the George Lucas of the writing world, with a veritable empire of video games, movies, and so forth.

    But she’s crazy. And I mean leave a fertilizer bomb on your doorstep batshit insane.

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  • Anonymous
    September 3
    4:54 pm

    I strongly advise everyone to take Patti/AP Miller’s words with a whoppin’ rock of salt. She is the source of most of the vicious rumors going around about MGP.

    The only things we can prove is that it’s closed now. With authors like Patti do you completely blame Teresa for bailing? she is overly vicious and high unprofessional and I am a little glad that MGP closed before my name was associated with hers.

    As for “net”, my contract defines “net” as 40% of the cost of the book minus paypal fees. That’s it, no cost of business fees, no “website listing” fees. that’s not exactly the classic definition of net as it’s being bantered around.

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  • Michele Lee
    September 3
    5:15 pm

    >>I was accused of somehow being in the middle of that one and I had no idea who HS Kinn was or some of the other authors mentioned there. I believe it was a disgruntled author who left either Silks Vault or MGP who had a jealousey problem with my success and decided to make me look bad.

    Oh good lord! I happen to know HS Kinn Patti and she is a fine person, a fine writer and a professional. When she says she suspects someone of someone I believe her because she makes it a point to say she “suspects and cannot prove”.
    Unlike you, who spent a day looking at all the Teresas on myspace and claiming they were all Teresa Wayne/Jacobs starting new presses.

    HSKinn being jealous of you… HA! that’s like Bill Gates being jealous of of the guy that just got his C++ certificate.

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  • Anonymous
    September 4
    12:36 am

    As for “net”, my contract defines “net” as 40% of the cost of the book minus paypal fees. That’s it, no cost of business fees, no “website listing” fees. that’s not exactly the classic definition of net as it’s being bantered around.

    I’ve been staring at this trying to figure out what it means. I think you mean bruited about, not bantered.

    A Wholly new Anonymouse

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  • Anonymous
    September 6
    2:39 am

    Karen, you’ve got me peeing my pants here! I don’t think I’ve laughed this hard in a long, long time. ;-D

    I’ve been waiting for the day someone told Patti aka AP Miller to shut her pie hole already. This woman is post-menopausal, ape shit crazy. I kid you not. I wish I’d never met this woman, but unfortunately, I have. Talk about a bloated ego… Good God! I mean if she’s supposedly been in the “industry” as long as she proclaims, why then would she settle on a measly old e-pub like MGP (and not just once, but five times)? Hell, why not just ring up one of her cronies at the NY houses, being that she’s got so many of them? I also find it curious she doesn’t even have a real web site (and no, Patti, authorsden doesn’t count as an official site). I’m surprised someone of her superior intelligence hadn’t figured that out yet (tsk…tsk…and with a Masters degree, Patti dearie, how could you?)

    And how much you wanna bet this alleged “Tarra” coming to her defence is simply another one of Patti’s alter egos? Ya gotta love the internet. Anybody can claim to be a “somebody.” Tarra’s link doesn’t work, which makes her employer allegation a bit suspect.

    It’s amusing how Patti assumes everyone is simply jealous of her and her success. I wonder what success she’s referring to. I’d certainly never heard of her before I met her (and I’m a book reviewer as well as voracious romance reader for well over a decade now). What are her alleged accolades and awards? Guess we just have to take her word on it. Ya gotta hand it to the woman, though, in her befuddled, alternate universe, she’s the second-coming. And her sycophantic zeal of NY pubs is akin to the Holy Grail—something she’ll pursue but never attain. Seems to me Patti could benefit from adding a psychiatrist to her extensive entourage.

    An Insider Who Wished She Hadn’t Met Patti

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