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I was just over at Desiree Erotique’s blog, where she’s got a post up, outlining her latest conversation with James Lightsey, NCP Author Liaison Extraordinaire.

She writes:

“Yesterday I finally received a reply to my email sent to Andrea DePasture at NCP, in which I informed her of my request to be released from my contract, and the reasons thereof. Now the reply I got didn’t come from Andrea, it came from james lightsey…..

The content gist of Mr. lightsey’s reply was to inform me that NCP is only required to pay royalties twice a year (something I already knew) and an allusion to something about their trying to pay quarterly in order to make it easier for the staff. None of this addressed the situation that the royalty statement he’d last sent reflected earnings made in the last quarter of 2007, which should be, logically, reflective of the monies he’d promised to send by a check.

He proceeded to tell me that my attempt to renege on my contract was being rejected and that I would not be let out. I had never used the word renege so this was one he’d come up with on his own. So I replied to him by asking if by renege he meant this- and I pasted his assurance emailed on February 19th to send the check out that week.

Not surprising, he did not respond.

This correspondence left me with the feeling that since the check hasn’t yet arrived Mr. lightsey had changed his mind about sending it, and furthermore had no intention of sending it any time soon.

Later in the day, my husband contacted Mr. lightsey and sent him as exhibit a copy of the very sales statement Mr. lightsey had forwarded to me some weeks before. My husband let him know that according to the language of my contract NCP was in fact in breach. To this Mr. lightsey responded with the claim my check had already been sent, and Mr. lightsey went on to tell my husband that he could stick that in his exhibit. My husband then replied to Mr. lightsey that, indeed, all his correspondences do go into his exhibit.”

If Mr Lightsey was in my employ, I’d have to sack him because quite frankly he comes across as an unprofessional, incompetent fool. NCP obviously don’t care that he makes them look even more ridiculous than they did before.

Des later had a confirmation from one of the owners, Andrea DePasture, that they wont be releasing her from her contract. In that case, why don’t they at least pay her?

They’re blaming the lack of royalty payments on book-keeping errors. What a load of bollocks.

I’d say they were having financial difficulties and are struggling to pay their authors.

UPDATE

Ahem just posted James Lightsey’s latest ramblings in the comments section. It’s a doozey.

Here’s an excerpt:

About Exclusivity
The is a powerful word, in our contract where it says “the rights” the means exclusive. While it is possible to sell your print rights to one publisher and e-book rights to another publisher.

No publisher will ever knowingly buy the rights to a book that have been sold elsewhere. That would be like going to pick up the new car you just bought and finding out that three other people bought the same car. When you buy a car, you don’t buy the exclusive rights,
it is understood that by buying it that you are buying the exclusive rights.

You have only ‘one’ print rights and only ‘one’ e-book rights. To sell a thing that you only have one of many times would be immoral, unethical, and beyond a doubt illegal.

Oh. My. God.

You’d think the higher-ups at NCP would have taken away his keyboard by now.

He continues:

About Civility

I am at a loss to explain why there has been this breakdown in civility. It seems all that we get anymore, particularly from some of the new authors are demands and threats. The only thing that I can figure is that we somehow picked up some of the problem authors from some of the defunct e-pubs.

As for contract release, as I stated before, Ms DePasture is reviewing the booklist for books that can come down(WHICH MEANS CONTRACT RELEASE) No demands, threats, tantrums, or team of lawyers will get a book released before its expiration date unless Ms Depature approves it.

james

Jesus. Effing. Christ.

Say it with me folks, FUCKTARD.

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  • Gail
    March 14
    5:05 pm

    My, that gentleman is a Sure Shot. Shoots himself in the foot every single time his fingers hit the keyboard.

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  • December Quinn/Stacia Kane
    March 14
    5:37 pm

    Desiree Erotique’s husband rocks. “All [Lightsey’s] correspondence goes in his exhibit”! Pure gold.

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  • Mary
    March 14
    5:41 pm

    Oh, my word. He actually put in an email that the husband could “Stick it”?

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse…

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  • Ahem
    March 14
    5:42 pm

    More wisdom from James Lightsey to the New Concepts loop:

    About Exclusivity
    The is a powerful word, in our contract where it says “the
    rights” the means exclusive. While it is possible to sell your print
    rights to one publisher and e-book rights to another publisher.
    No publisher will ever knowingly buy the rights to a book that
    have been sold elsewhere. That would be like going to pick up the new
    car you just bought and finding out that three other people bought
    the same car. When you buy a car, you don’t buy the exclusive rights,
    it is understood that by buying it that you are buying the exclusive
    rights.
    You have only ‘one’ print rights and only ‘one’ e-book rights. To
    sell a thing that you only have one of many times would be immoral,
    unethical, and beyond a doubt illegal.

    james

    About Civility
    I am at a loss to explain why there has been this breakdown in
    civility. It seems all that we get anymore, particularly from some of
    the new authors are demands and threats. The only thing that I can
    figure is that we somehow picked up some of the problem authors from
    some of the defunct e-pubs.
    As for contract release, as I stated before, Ms DePasture is
    reviewing the booklist for books that can come down(WHICH MEANS
    CONTRACT RELEASE) No demands, threats, tantrums, or team of lawyers
    will get a book released before its expiration date unless Ms
    Depature approves it.

    james

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  • This continues to make my stomach hurt. Seriously. I’m surprised a whole slew of lawyers haven’t jumped on this as they continually out themselves for their own discretions by simply speaking.

    My heartfelt hugs to Des, Ellen and all the authors caught in this moronic mess.

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  • Cookie
    March 14
    6:53 pm

    Wow. Do you think he and Jaden Sinclair of the “puter” know each other? Perhaps their related.

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  • azteclady
    March 14
    6:57 pm

    Here’s what makes me blink:

    we somehow picked up some of the problem authors from some of the defunct e-pubs.

    Is this person, per chance, trying to imply that those selfsame defunct e-pubs died because of problem authors, and not because of fraud, incompetence, ignorance, and assorted other ills?

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  • Grrrly
    March 14
    7:17 pm

    Damn. Just, damn. Maybe he’s continuing to write these ridiculous things as an exercise to see just how far into his mouth he can shove his foot? I think I see a toe or two wiggling out his asshole now…

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  • Nora Roberts
    March 14
    7:21 pm

    This guy is wrong in so many ways, on so many levels it’s like a joke–except people are being hurt by it.

    Still DE’s husband got a big grin out of me.

    Didn’t we hear the bookkeeping excuse from one of the other clusterfucks? And don’t they ALWAYS claim the authors are rude, unprofessional and demanding?

    Maybe all these people are cribbing off the same notes.

    Again, I’m sorry, sorry, sorry for all of you who are caught in thi.

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  • KCfla
    March 14
    7:36 pm

    Ok Karen, I’ll bite- FUCKTARD!

    Maybe he’s continuing to write these ridiculous things as an exercise to see just how far into his mouth he can shove his foot? I think I see a toe or two wiggling out his asshole now…

    Grrly- seriously; sinuses + diet coke = damage points!

    Grrrly

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  • What an astonishingly ignorant man.

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  • What Bernita said. *sigh*

    And what Nora said. *another sigh*

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  • Nora Roberts said, “Didn’t we hear the bookkeeping excuse from one of the other clusterfucks? And don’t they ALWAYS claim the authors are rude, unprofessional and demanding?”

    I do believe you’re right, Ms. Roberts. It is like someone has decided to revamp the old movie catch-phrase “the butler did it” just for the e-pub world, lol.

    And thanks to everyone for their support of us who are going through this with Mr. lightsey and his associates.

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  • Dude, that’s beyond fucktard. The guy’s a twit, and one should never underestimate the power of a good attorney. Someone needs to find the roll of duct tape and put a big piece ACROSS HIS MOUTH.

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  • Or better yet… REMOVE THE KEYBOARD FROM HIS PRESENCE. Sheesh.

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  • Oh, damn! I feel for you, Desiree, and the other authors who have to put up with these people.

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  • Amazing. That fellow is exactly the type of person that should be placed at the back of the office instead of being allowed to deal with people because he (a) displays complete ignorance about the work he is doing, (b) says frankly stupid things without seeming to realize it, and (c) is making his employer come off like a damned fool. If he isn’t related to one of the NCP’s owners, the owners must be out of their minds to hire him in the first place.

    “Ms Depature” – is that a Freudian slip?

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  • Hot Damn! This guy is more amusing than a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book!

    J.C. (Grabbing popcorn)

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  • Ellen Ashe
    March 15
    2:12 am

    And yet Madris and Andrea are letting this nutter do all the talking? Are THEY feeding him this stuff? Or maybe they’re just sitting back thinking that we’ll all blow away soon? They certainly don’t seem very concerned about what’s being said by anyone, including the talking asshole, who is putting all of them deeper in the pasture… oops, I mean manure pile. Why? What the hell is with these people?

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  • I’m really surprised myself Ellen. I’m not sure if they’ve agreed to “wait it out” or if they really are letting their brilliant excuse for damage control try to preserve whatever they had left worth preserving, which incidentally, wouldn’t fit in a toy collector’s teacup.

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  • New Concepts has lost my boyfriend’s business and probably mine too. Do they not realize readers care about how a business treats people? These writers put their trust in them and now are treated as if its a privilege to be walked all over by the NCP royal court.

    And this is OT, Karen, but thankyou for stopping by and leaving the congratulations!

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  • And so the end begins.
    I’m so sorry for the authors. I have to say that the ones I know caught in this are behaving VERY professionally.
    *sigh*

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  • I’m thinking three words – Class Action Suit (I may have spelled that last word wrong) but I’d say all the authors being treated that way should band together and work as a team to get their COMPLETE rights back from this mickey mouse publisher.

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  • Ellen Ashe
    March 15
    12:40 pm

    Check out what’s for sale:
    http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/
    Out of the seven new carnal releases FIVE of them are most likely the owners/operators.
    Now go to print releases. The first is O’Connor- the owner of NCP and the second is also a family member…
    Upcoming print- notice the number of times Kaitlyn O’Connor is there, along with other suspect members of the family clan. No wonder they don’t have time to be bothered with the low life.
    There’s nothing illegal about them splattering their books all over their own publishing house, but is it ethical to walk over other authors to promote their own publications? I don’t believe they are having money problems. I believe they have built a fortune on outside authors and they are now using that foundation to sell their own books under a variety of pen names. Dropping books and not returning rights, as they have done to me, is sheer spite. And I can’t help but wonder- if they DID return rights to the furious authors who want out, how many would be left??

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  • By dropping books but retaining the rights is one way, I suppose, to keep away the stink of “vanity press,” and further tends to remove any in/out house competition.
    Just an evil thought.

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  • Ellen Ashe
    March 15
    3:14 pm

    Honey- I wouldn’t put ANYTHING past this bunch. It’s clear they are out to protect themselves… and that’s their bottom line.

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  • FYI
    March 15
    7:32 pm

    owner of new concepts publishing has history of problems with tax officials and hiring public accountant later convicted of federal tax evasion
    http://law.onecle.com/tax/2003/depasture.sum.wpd01.html

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  • Karen Scott
    March 15
    8:09 pm

    I believe this is the pertinent bit:

    Petitioner and Ms. Gutierrez (DePastures) filed a timely joint Federal income tax return for each year in issue. Each return was prepared by John D. Gaskins,6 a certified public accountant whose license was later revoked because he was convicted of Federal income tax evasion. Income of $64,400 is report on petitioner’s 1994 return, which income consists of $34,635 of shareholder pro rata income from CWS, $29,546 of wages; and $219 of interest. Income of $33,461 is reported on petitioner’s 1995 return, which income consists of $18,259 of shareholder pro rata

    I don’t know if you can blame Depastures and her hubby, other than for hiring the dodgy accountant though. Unless of course he was hired precisely for his ability to cook the books in favour of his clients.

    Although it does make for interesting reading. If you can be arsed.

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  • DS
    March 15
    10:59 pm

    What I am seeing here is a very unsophisticated approach to business where corporate assets are treated like personal assets without regard to appropriate procedure. Problems appears to have started with the day to day bookkeeping.

    I have no idea why she isn’t living at the foot of the cross as far as the IRS is concerned instead of handing out dodgy 1099s. Once you have history with them the IRS tends to come back around. I think this is one company that may be due for an audit.

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  • I don’t know if you can blame Depastures and her hubby, other than for hiring the dodgy accountant though. Unless of course he was hired precisely for his ability to cook the books in favour of his clients.

    At the very least, you’d think they’d be more careful with their tax dealings. Sending out “1099s” in the form of a figure handwritten on a slip of blank paper? Erm…

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