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Apparently Deborah MacGillivray is claiming that she isn’t a co-publisher at Highland Press:

One should not believe everything they read on the net. lol. The RWA has a written
statement of my non-status as publisher, done two months ago. It’s on file and the
RWA has accepted it. Hilary is aware of the situation. If you have questions,
perhaps you might wish to speak to her?

RWA is the one who invited me to join PAN just yesterday, Carol Ritter, Relations
Manager for RWA. Why I was asking.

Thanks for the info, but it doesn’t apply to me.

Deborah

Well, unfortunately for her, Google Cache says otherwise: This was a deleted profile entry at The Best Reviews website:

Author with Kensington Books, Dorchester Books. Co-publisher, editor author with Highland Press. Represented by Brown Literary Agency. Her true love is Scottish history. She has spent the last 25 years helping her grandfather, a retired historian, sort, restore and rewrite the history of their family in Scotland and England.

That is where she came across the basis for her novel “A Restless Knight” (Kensington, July 2006), set in the year before the rising of William Wallace. She had begun work on those pages for the history of her family in the late 1200s and thought it was a perfect story to make a marvellous novel. Her second novel-in-the- works, “Ravenhawke” August 2007, Kensington, a series of books on the saga of Scotland’s war for independence. She also writes paranormal contemporary romances, which will be put out by Dorchester Publishing (2006).

The first two will be “The Invasion of Falgannon Isle” (December 2006, Love Spell) the second “Riding the Thunder” (Spring 2007), the first two in a series of seven books. She is also now Co-Publisher, editor and author with Highland Press.

This is what her profile at The Best Reviews looks like now:

Her true love is Scottish history. She has spent the last 25 years helping her grandfather, a retired historian, sort, restore and rewrite the history of their family in Scotland and England. That is where she came across the basis for her novel “A Restless Knight” (Kensington, July 2006), set in the year before the rising of William Wallace.

She had begun work on those pages for the history of her family in the late 1200s and thought it was a perfect story to make a marvellous novel. Her second novel-in-the- works, “In Her Bed” August 2007, Kensington, a series of books on the saga of Scotland’s war for independence. Next – One Snowy Knight (October 2008) and followed by Yield to the Knight.

She also writes paranormal contemporary romances, which will be put out by Dorchester Publishing (2006). The first two “The Invasion of Falgannon Isle” (December 2006, Love Spell) the second “Riding the Thunder” (October 2007), the first two in a series of seven books.

Funny that, no mention of her being the co-publisher at Highlands Press on this version.

However, trying to hide evidence when one has been obviously lying is hard work.

This is what it says at her Amazon Store:

About the Author
Deborah writes for Kensington Zebra Historical Books, Dorchester Publishing’s Love Spell. She is also an editor and co-publisher with the small print house Highland Press.

And again at the Coffee Time Romance About The Authors section:

She is co-publisher and editor at Highland Press and has short stories in several anthologies. Bad Cat, Getting it in the End, and Double, Double, Toil & Trouble are in No Law Against Love (February 2006).

Dear me.

Apparently one of the reasons that she’s trying so hard to hide the fact that she is co-publisher of Highland Press is because the rules would not permit her to be a member of RWA’s PAN (published author network), if she was a publisher.

Ahhh poor Debs, she makes Madris DePasture seem positively medicated.

EDITED TO ADD:

Here’s a First Sale Interview that she did in 2006. She clearly admits to being the co-publisher at Highland Press:

Lynda: What are your writing plans for the future?

Deborah: I have 2 books left in both contracts. The historical series, “The Dragons of Challon” have six books. So I would like to continue with Kensington in that series. In the “Seven Sisters” for Dorchester, I have four more books for the next contract. After that?oodles of ideas. Too many books to write, not enough time. I am also co-publisher for a small Tradesize press, Highland Press. Leanne Burroughs is owner. We hope in the next couple years to do some amazing projects.

Well and truly caught out. What an idiot.

17 Comments »

  • Hmmm…is there a difference between co-owner and co-publisher?

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  • I meant to write co-publisher. It’s been edited.

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  • Now that’s a different kettle of fish. Hmmm again. In this day and age of google, caches, etc, I can’t understand anyone choosing to be untruthful. Now if you make a mistake, that’s different. Own up to it and move on. Everyone makes mistakes.

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  • Stevie
    April 9
    8:41 pm

    I may be off here, however, Google is showing I’m not:
    Wasn’t MacGillivray also involved with a “Cash for Critiques” fund-raiser? Pay $100 dollars to win an opportunity to have your piece looked at by an editor/agent? Or am I misremembering?
    If (if, if, if) it was her I do remember her flying off the handle about how the person really needed the money when asked questions about follow through, accountability as well as the legality of her holding such a fund raiser.

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  • This keeps getting worse and worse.
    The Amazon message boards are all over Deborah and now she has no place to run.

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  • Is there a difference between co-publisher and co-owner in terms of RWA?

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  • Wow. It’ll be interesting to see the backpedaling now…

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  • Marianne LaCroix
    April 10
    3:12 am

    In ref to the fund raiser Stevie mentioned, I would sure like to know about who got the money because the author the charity was for passed away. Also, who did win this crit raffle by Kensington?

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  • notfromhere
    April 10
    5:16 am

    From this post in one of my yahoo loops it sounds like she isn’t the owner

    No, Highland Press was never listed as Subsidy/vanity Press with RWA. It was listed as POD. When the owner spoke to them to say HP was not POD, RWA told told her unless they publisher paid large advance and did offset printing they considered the presses POD.

    The stuff about the rwa is inaccurate and has been since they changed the definitions. I don’t remember them ever having a pod listing but I could be wrong.

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  • DS
    April 10
    11:00 am

    When this all started I did a web search and found this on a blog by DAM dated October 2007.

    It was very special day for me in another way. Not only did this anthology move that much closer to hitting the shelves, I also received a notification from Romance Writers of America that Highland Press now has RWA approval, so all HP writers can enter their novels in the RITA, their award for print authors. This excited me because there are a lot of wonderful authors with novels out that should have this chance to have their novels considered for this honour[sic].

    In an interview/puffery piece on another site, it is said

    Today I’m happy to welcome Leanne Burroughs, author and CEO of Highland Press Publishing, publisher of my American Title II finalist western historical, Seduction, coming in Spring 2008. Before Leanne answers my questions, let me introduce her.

    Award winning author, Leanne Burroughs, fell in love with Scottish history while doing her husband’s genealogy. Highland Wishes is her first historical novel about Scotland’s War for Independence. When her then publisher went out of business, Leanne couldn’t bear to see the book of her heart go out of print. So, she and her husband bought the publishing company – Highland Press Publishing!

    I did a half hearted corporate search in Florida, which is where the “CEO” lives, but the only Highland Press listed is inactive and has been since 1973.

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  • This does keep getting worst and worst, wow.

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  • Good Work, Karen. Anyone who threatens a reviewer’s family needs to be held accountable for her behavior. DAM may well end up in jail, as well she should, IMHO.

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  • Denni
    April 17
    11:14 pm

    Deborah M. has several issues, and appears to lack a sense of reality. That is one scary stalker woman.

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  • Actually, this is rather frightening. As an author who has a book on amazon I’m thinking that anyone can now blast a writer for no good reason and get away with, therefore bringing a great deal of sadness. But thankyou for for brining out the truth.
    Lyn LeJeune
    Rebuilding the public libraries of New Orleans at http://www.beatitudesinneworleans.blogspot.com, the book, The Beatitudes, all royalties go directly to the New Orleans Public Library Foundation

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  • [...] Is Deborah Macgillivray, stupid or clueless.  Or is it just me who thinks it is seriously stoopid and nervy for her to show up on a reader blog.  At this point do you think an endorsement from her helps an author or hurts them?  Is it like a cover quote you just ignore or would you put the book down?  Honestly I feel bad for Kathryne Kennedy.  Until told otherwise I am gonna play pollyanna and believe she doesn’t know that Mac is no readers friend, at least not to one who thinks she/he can like or dislike whatever the fuck he/she want. [...]



  • Donna
    December 7
    10:36 pm

    I have watched all this mess from the beginning, and I have to say, as a reader and as an editor, that Ms. MacGillivray has been hammered to the cross quite long enough. Do any of you vicious, nasty persons ever think what it would be like to have a pack of salaviating wolves snapping at your heels? Are you [the authors] just jealous of her? I know who started this crap, and believe me, none of that bunch can write anything creatively–not even the grocery list. I’ve tried to stay out of this, but the gore is too deep and nasty to ignore anymore. Using Nora Roberts name isn’t cricket either. If indeed, Nora has participated in this online lynching, I’m bound to stop reading her. If she hasn’t then she needs to step forward and say so.
    Donna-who-is-sick-to-death-of-petty-crap

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  • Do any of you vicious, nasty persons ever think what it would be like to have a pack of salaviating wolves snapping at your heels?

    Donna, you’re a twat.

    You have officially become my Fucktard Of The Week for blindly commenting on a post that’s over 7 months old. I’ve heard of weighing in late, but 7 months later? Bitch, please.

    You are indeed a dumbass. Along with that other fucktard, that you insist on defending.

    Now fuck off from my blog, you effing idiot.

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