Thursday, November 11, 2010
I Learned a BIG and Important Lesson Today
Ok, I learned an important lesson today. I had to withdraw my story from May December Publications because the publisher disclosed he is currently serving a prison sentence for child molestation. I guess this is something that wasn't kept totally silent, but in all the time I corresponded with him (which I found out was really through his wife), I never heard one word about it. Apparently some people started making enough noise that he felt he needed to let everyone know. He posted his story on a Facebook page (he also has a Facebook wall and he's friended a lot of people, guess you can have a computer in prison) and I also received an email which gave me the courtesy of withdrawing my story if I wanted, which I did. Don't get me wrong, this man does write books and does publish anthologies, and I thought I had checked everything out sufficiently. However, as a new author, I now believe I need to find an established company to do business with. I dont' believe I was lied to, the truth was just omitted. So guess the lesson learned is: Do Your Homework!! Check them out and check them out some more. Don't assume anything. I hope what I've learned will help someone else. Now it's off to find a new publisher - wish me luck!