Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Update on Strategic Book Publishing / Writers Literary Agency / Robert Fletcher

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

Many of you may already be familiar with the names in the title of this post. If you're not, have a look at this Alert on the Writer Beware website, and at my September 2009 post about the Florida Attorney General's civil lawsuit against Fletcher, his companies, and some of his business associates for deceptive business practices.

For those of you wondering about the status of the lawsuit, it's still active, and proceeding through the courts. Lawsuits of this kind often progress very slowly, especially where defendants seek to delay the process by filing jurisdictional disputes, motions for changes in venue, and the like. We will be posting updates as we receive them.

17 comments:

Marla Miller said...

Just reposted and retweeted---thanks again to Writer Beware!!!

LightFinder said...

Wow! as someone working to create a slightly different publishing model that is very protective of certain kinds of blog, poem, and fiction authors, I am amazed.

Thing is, my layman's view is that it's unfortunate that the Fletchers of the world don't put the same amount of effort into doing something different in the small press publishing arena, but designed to treat an author RIGHT.

After all, we new authors can always use more smaller but author centric authors and publishers that actually LIKE to help develop new authors and works, not just take all the profit from our hard work, yes?

Dane Grannon said...

Thank you for this information. I always find this extremely useful.

Hans B. said...

I've a publishing contract with Strategic Book Publishing that is now in its final, cover-design, phase. Suddenly, doing a related Google search, I came across the Writer Beware Blog and read all the negative opinions about Mr. Fletcher and his group. Other blogs echo similar concerns. I now have to decide whether to proceed with letting Strategic publish my book of fiction, or cancel the deal, and swallow the loss. I've two earlier, non-fiction, books to my name, published commercially, and I'm worried that the Strategic name as publisher of the new book will harm my reputation as a writer. I will welcome any comments!
Hans B.

Victoria Strauss said...

Hans, contact me at beware [at] sfwa.org.

mrs.klwatson said...

I have in my hand a contract from SBPRA waiting for my more than eager signature to start me on my way to being published. Thankfully before I signed and paid my one time setup fee I thought to do a google search about their company. We are a military family stationed overseas with four kids, money does not flow as easily as my dreams and wild ideas do on paper. My heart is broken and I am truly saddened that I was taken advantage of and my dreams exploited!
I was also sent a contract from two other publishing companies, one of which wants a bit more money for a publicist. Are there any words of advice or wisdom out there?

Mick Rooney said...

...and one of those 'other' publishers looking for a little more for a publicist wouldn't happen to be Tate?

mrs.klwatson said...

Well I have to say that my heart dropped when I read the question about one I the other publishers being Tate. It is indeed one of the publishers. Are they equally jaded as SBPRA? My hearts wants a reply of no while my head seems to already know......
Does anyone know anything about the self-publishing through Amazon? I have a story to tell and I want, no need, to tell it. Any sound advice will do...
Thanks is advance....

Victoria Strauss said...

Tate Publishing charges $4,000 to publish (though you might never guess it from its website).

Amazon's CreateSpace (POD self-publishing) and Kindle Direct Publishing (for ebooks) are both free (though you can also buy more expensive packages and adjunct services). They both seem to be well-regarded in the self-pub community. You might also investigate Lulu.com, which is also free.

moseydogblue said...

Thanks for the heads up. I have been doing business with Lulu.com for about five years. I have published 11 novels through them, and have personally sold around 200 copies. I've never paid Lulu a dime, except the price of the book, which is not outrageous since they're doing the printing, binding covers, photos, etch.
Lulu offers marketing packages. Those do cost, and I have not tried them.

Sizwe Mkhonta said...

I almost fell for this scam too. I received a contract offer from these guys, and they want me to pay an upfront fee of 200 U.S dollars. I live in South Africa, and these guys have already taken half of my work. I haven't signed he so-called contract yet. What must I do?

Sharon Dorival said...

I am in a big mess with SBPRA to. I have already paid $995 US and they are asking for more. I have sent them the cover infor and press contact. have signed everythig online. I am so confused,and sad. I have contacted global ews. We need to stop them. This is not fair to novice writers and publishers. They are stealing from us and ruining our reputation and credibility as aspiring writers.

So Deadly My Dear said...

I almost send them part of my manuscript. Luckily I google their name and came upon this site. Thanks to the site owners.

Meg said...

Every publishing co. has positive and negative reports, but I would not condemn any, instead be cautious. Each person's experience will be different.
Thanks for the information.

Mick Rooney said...

...but every publishing company isn't Strategic Book Publishing!

DCRiz said...

I have to add that I used Llumina Press in Florida (why are they all in FLA or CAL?) and have been essentially satisfied. It's POD, my required purchase was one book (I got 50) and I was using them to get a local interest historical piece off my plate. They offered services (editing, etc.) but did not push it. I hired my own editor and paid about 1/2 their fee, but that was just a fluke, I figure - had a friend who does proofreading and so saved on that as well. Overall, however, though they (Llumina offered all the same stuff of these others mentioned, they never pushed and the delivery was on time and at stated cost. -

Anonymous said...

I paid SBP a large sum of money to get my book published and marketed.
To date, they have sold fewer than a dozen books. I don't claim to have written a bestseller, but the story was not all that bad, nor was the writing. Basically, I got screwed by slick con artists. What I need to know at this point is, How do I become part of the current lawsuit against this "fly-by-night" outfit?