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UNVEILED Is Cancelled

Hi Everyone,

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

Best Wishes,
Shawn Speakman

16 thoughts on “UNVEILED Is Cancelled

  1. I’m sorry Shawn. I was looking forward to reading this one. I hope you can find a new partner to work with or find a way to do it on your own. I’ll keep per-ordering in the future and supporting your future endeavors as much as I can.

  2. […] will not be happening,” revealed Shawn Speakman, publisher at Grim Oak Press. “And it’s important to say, through no fault of my own. After […]

  3. Is there going to be another book along the lines of this one?

    1. I will be putting together another anthology to fill the hole in Grim Oak Press’s publishing schedule. It will not have the same line-up as Unveiled. But who knows? Maybe a better line-up? We’ll have to wait and see!

      1. I’d love to see John Marco on the next book, He was the reason I per-ordered Unveiled so fast.

  4. I was looking forward to this book but you made the right choice here Shawn. Looking forward to your next publication. And I will preorder that too. This was bad luck and you still have my trust.

    Is there by the way any more news about the deluxe version of unfettered?

    1. Still waiting on Todd’s new artwork… hopefully this month!

  5. Wow, not what I expected. Thanks for telling us though, Shawn. I will look forward to what you have planned next!

  6. I fully understand you being upset, but am wondering why the incompetence of 1 person puts and end to the project. Can’t you get a new editor? The artists have written and submitted their storys, so it seems a waste to, as you say, let them languish. If it’s a question of book sales to pay the artists, I for one am willing to prepay even knowing the project may take more time. Please give us more detail about how this works and lets see if we, as a community can come up with a solution. Shawn, thanks for your hard work. I hate to see it go for naught.

    1. With anthologies, the editor is the person who legally contracts the writer.

      1. I was really looking forward to this anthology – the first one from that view-point. What would happen, if YOU would become the editor? You have done great work with Unfettered and it still takes it time to arrive. As I regard your projects as worth supporting, I’m also willing to support Unveiled – whatever form it might take.

        Greetings, ARne

      2. But your name is also listed as being an editor. Can you not do it on your own? Or use the stories and call it something else? Would really love this to “be born”. You so deserve to have this happen.

  7. Shawn,

    Like all the others, I too was so looking forward to this anthology and am sorry that it will not come to be… at least not as previously thought. My fingers are crossed!

    I would like to say thank you nonetheless for all of the great work you do under the many different hats you wear. I look forward to whatever is next!

    All the best.

  8. Apart from new stories was there not an Idea to republish some old books as leather volumes? Perhaps an deluxe edition of The Sundering could fill this gap?

    1. A great idea. And one I am looking into at the moment. Stay tuned!

  9. This makes me sad. I hope that someday you will figure out how it can be done. If anyone can, it would be you my friend. Are there any cool details for the different anthology you mentions? 😀

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