For many months, I have been excited to publish Grim Oak Press’s new anthology, Unveiled, what once had been titled Neverland’s Shadow.
It will not be happening. And it’s important to say, through no fault of my own. After waiting for more than six weeks for the simplest of work to be done on the anthology, editor Roger Bellini asked me to renegotiate the contract. In the renegotiation, he asked for 17.5% of hardcover and ebooks sales—less than originally in the contract, true—and his name still on the dust jacket. In return, he would not be editing the book. This would give Roger large royalties for effectively doing what I consider very little work on the book.
After talking with my book agent, I decided it best for Grim Oak Press to terminate the contract. Contractually, the fully edited manuscript of Unveiled had to be turned into Grim Oak Press by October 1, 2014. Roger couldn’t even upload the unedited short story files to the Grim Oak Press shared folder after repeated requests for him to do so over six weeks.
Those of you who know me know I am a man of principle. Of honor. Of hard work and tenacity. Of conviction. I do not work with unprofessional people let alone pay them for work not done.
My apologies go out to the contributors of Unveiled, who have written and submitted their stories on-time and whose same tales languished from inattention.
But especially, my apologies go out to you readers. I will begin reimbursing Unveiled orders tomorrow. Sometimes the best way to get something done is to do it yourself.
If you have any questions, please feel free to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org.