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IMPORTANT, OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION……

April 25, 2010

FROM AUTHOR AMBER MICHELLE

LET THIS, AS OF THIS DAY OF 4-25-2010, STAND AS OFFICIAL NOTIFICATION THAT MY BOOK, ”MARILLA AND THE MERMAID”, IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, AND THAT ANY COPIES THAT ARE POSTED AS BEING FOR SALE THROUGH THE PUBLISHER, PUBLISH AMERICA, ARE POSTED ILLEGALLY.  THEY SENT ME NOTIFICATION THE LAST PART OF MARCH VIA LAND MAIL THAT THEY HAD CANCELLED THE BOOK.  ANY SALES OR PURCHASES OF THAT BOOK ARE DONE IN AN ILLEGAL MANNER, AS THEY HAVE FAILED TO CREDIT ME WITH ONE SINGLE SALE DURING THE ENTIRE TIME THAT THE BOOK HAS BEEN AVAILABLE.  WHICH IS WHY THEY CANCELLED IT IN THE FIRST PLACE, I CUSSED THEM OUT FOR NOT AWARDING ME THE DUE ROYALTIES.  LET IT FURTHER BE KNOWN THAT I AM MAKING A PUBLIC STATEMENT THAT PUBLISH AMERICA IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED.  THEY ACCEPT A MANUSCRIPT, KEEP THE COPY RIGHT, HAVE NO WAY TO CONTACT THEM, DO NOT KEEP IN TOUCH WITH THE AUTHOR, AND HAVE A BOGUS WEBSITE THAT THEY CLAIM IS FOR THE AUTHORS BENEFIT, BUT WHICH CANNOT BE ACCESSED.  AND FORGET ABOUT TRYING TO GET THEM TO RESPOND TO EMAILS.  UNLESS YOU COUNT THEM SENDING YOU OFFERS TO ”SEND YOUR BOOK TO THIS OR THAT FAMOUS PERSON (WHO WOULD MORE THAN LIKELY ”FILE THIRTEEN” IT UNOPENED AND UNREAD)” FOR ANYWHERE FROM ONE HALF TO TWO THIRDS OF THE BOOKS COST, USUALLY WITH A MINIMUM ORDER OF TEN OR MORE.  THEY MAY NOT ANSWER AN AUTHOR’S EMAILS, BUT THEY CAN SURE SEND TWO TO FOUR OF THOSE ”SPECIAL OFFERS” A WEEK.  AND FORGET TRYING TO PHONE THEM…..THEY DON’T HAVE A CONTACT NUMBER….CLAIM IT INTERFERS WITH THEIR ”DEDICATION TO THEIR AUTHORS”.   AND FORGET ROYALTIES.  EIGHT PERCENT FOR SALES NUMBERING UNDER ONE THOUSAND.  HMMMMM, DOESN’T SOUND TOO GOOD, DOES IT.

LET IT FURTHMORE BE NOTED THAT AS OF 5-7-2010, MY OTHER TWO BOOKS, ”WALKING WITH ANGELS” AND ”A WALK THROUGH MY SOUL” MAY ALSO BE OFF OF THE MARKET.  (I WILL POST A CLARIFICATION UPDATE ON THAT DAY).  CAUSE, FAILURE TO RECORD SALES, FAILURE TO AWARD DUE ROYALTIES, SHODDY, INATTENTIVE WORK ETHICS, SELLING AN ADVERTISING PROGRAM FOR NEARLY THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ONLY FOR THE AUTHOR’S BOOK ALONE AND TURNS OUT TO HAVE THREE OTHER AUTHORS ON IT, AND WHICH, BY THE WAY, SAID COST WAS TO PROVIDE FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND SAID MAILERS.  WHICH IS ODD, CONSIDERING THAT THE SAID MAILERS WERE SENT OUT LAST JUNE AND ONLY TWO RESPONSES?  HMMMMM, THERE IS A SKUNK IN THE WOODPILE SOMEWHERE, AND HE AIN’T SMELLIN’ TOO SWEET.  AND WHEN YOU ADD THE FACT THAT BOTH BOOKS HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE JUNE AND JULY RESPECTIVELY OF LAST YEAR AND AVAILABLE WORLD WIDE THROUGH BARNESANDNOBLE.COM AND AMAZON.COM SINCE AROUND AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR AND NO SALES SAVE TWO?  DEFINATELY NOT HONEST DEALINGS.  THEY HAVE BEEN INFORMED THEY ARE TO PERFORM AN AUDIT OF BOTH THE SALES DEPARTMENT AND THE ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT AND THEY HAVE PRECISELY TILL THE ABOVE DATE MENTIONED TO INFORM ME WHY NO SALES OTHER THAN THOSE TWO, WHICH WERE ON OCTOBER 15, 2009, OVER TWO QUARTERS AGO, WERE NOT RECORDED, OR THE BOOKS WILL BE CANCELLED AND I AM DEMANDING NOT ONLY AT LEAST TWO THIRDS OF THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHING PACKAGE PRICE BACK, BUT THE ADVERTISING PACKAGE PRICE IN FULL BACK.  THE COMPANY THAT IS GUILTY OF THIS DUPLICITOUS ACT?  XLIBRIS PUBLISHING.  AND YES, I AM STATING THAT PUBLICLY.  THIS WILL BE THE ONLY SITE THAT THIS MESSAGE WILL BE POSTED ON……AT LEAST TILL THE ABOVE MENTIONED DATE.  AFTER THAT, I AM POSTING IT ON EVERY SINGLE FREE SITE I CAN.  AUTHORS NEED TO BE WARNED ABOUT THESE TWO COMPANIES.  OH, AND LEAST I FORGET, TO THOSE AUTHORS THAT DO DECIDE TO TAKE THEIR CHANCES WITH XLIBRIS, BE WARNED AHEAD OF TIME, YOU ARE IN FOR A HEADACHE.  NINE GALLEYS ON THE FIRST BOOK AND SEVEN ON THE SECOND AND IT FINALLY TOOK ME REQUESTING AN EDITABLE FILE AND DOING THE CORRECTIONS MYSELF AND THEY STILL SCREWED IT UP.  IT SIMPLY IS NOT WORTH THE HASSLE.  SO BE WARNED.  DEAL WITH EITHER OF THESE TWO COMPANIES AT YOUR OWN RISK.

WELL, I GUESS THAT’S ALL FOR THIS TIME, FOLKS.

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