Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Please Help Me Get Unpublished


I am joining with a few other authors with Blue Deco Publishing to spread word of THIS PETITION. We are looking to remove ourselves from our contracts with Blue Deco Publishing. Here is the written petition, as found on Change.Org:

We are petitioning for the reversion of rights and payment of outstanding royalties for the following authors operating under a voided contract with Blue Deco Publishing: H. A. Callum, Simone Snaith, Samantha Latshaw, Bryce David Salazar, Robin Smith, Karen Wirtz, and Arthur Turfa.
The reasons are as follows:
First, per a statement and contractual addendum written by Blue Deco Publishing, all third quarter royalties were to be paid by November 15, 2017. As of the date of this petition, Blue Deco Publishing has not paid any authors their royalties, nor has it provided any reasons or forewarnings as to the delay. This is not the first time Blue Deco Publishing has been late with royalty payments. Royalty payments were also made late for the second quarter of 2017.
Second, ISBN numbers were listed to be provided in our contracts. However, listings for the books online show that the works are listed as being published by the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, which is a free self-publishing service. They are not listed as Blue Deco Publishing works, which shows that an ISBN number was not provided by Blue Deco Publishing, but rather Blue Deco Publishing opted to use a free ISBN provided by CreateSpace.
In light of the foregoing, and various other instances not expressly identified herein, Blue Deco Publishing is in violation of the contracts entered into with its authors and, as a result, has voided the contractual obligations with its authors. Since Blue Deco Publishing is not responding to or communicating with its authors, we the undersigned are asking for the public’s support to raise awareness of this issue, and that Blue Deco Publishing revert all rights to us and issue all past due royalty payments immediately. 
We take this step with great reluctance. Each of us entered into a contract with Blue Deco Publishing with the expectation of establishing a long-term relationship with the publisher. Sadly, we have been disappointed.
Thank you to all the readers who have purchased and enjoyed our works. Without you, we would not be here. We hope, as authors, to make certain that our works continue to be available to you without further infringement upon our intellectual property rights as artists.
/s/ H. A. Callum                    /s/ Simone Snaith
/s/ Arthur Turfa                   /s/ Samantha Latshaw
/s/ Bryce David Salazar     /s/ Robin Smith
/s/ Karen Wirtz

Friday, November 10, 2017

New Book, New Shop, New Draft, New... Other Stuffs

'ello There, Fiends!

Howdy, howdy. I hope all is well you're all tucked in someplace warm, with a mug of something steaming and delicious, or perhaps a tumbler full of spirits to sooth the soul as well as the body. It's a chilly, chilly 26 degrees over here in the Murder Mitten, and I'm tucked away in my office with a belly full of breakfast tacos and a craving for a mug of something hot to wash it all down. So with that, let's talk news.

I have been laid off!


Gotta be honest, I saw it coming. Sort of put my foot down about being exploited and mistreated. So naturally my days were numbered. I did my best to beat them to the punch, but alas, no luck. They got me. The silver living is that I did manage to secure a seasonal part time gig at a bookstore, which I suppose is about as safe as swan diving into a swimming pool full of used needles, but.... it's still pretty freaking awesome. Because BOOKS!


I've also gone into business with my friend Brian to create something pretty special.We've purchased a button press, started talking to screen printers and designers, and have been discussing other cool things to sell in an online store dedicated to all things geeky, dorky, and genre-tastic. All is still in the early stages, as we've only pressed some wholesale buttons and made a few designed, but all in all I think this is going to be pretty amazing once we finally get it up and running, as opposed to up and walking. So without further ado, I present to you:

 I'm not sure why the pictures are kind of jacked up, but whatever. I'm a writer not a web designer.

More cool stuff is in the works and more will come in due time. This is only the beginning. Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram: shopthedorkknight.

And now...

I've begun the first draft of book #4, which will be the first in a series of books. I'm still world building and plot discovering, but I'm pretty stoked about it. The best I can think of to describe it is that this series will be my Oz or Narnia or Abarat. Something for all ages that I hope to be as fun, epic, and exciting as... other fun, epic, and exciting things. I will blame this first book for any lack of communication. Well, this book and...

I'm not forgetting something.

I'm in the final editing/ rewriting stages of book #3, a novella, titled:

The Absolute End of the World

It's true.

This will be my third book, following Tales of Timeless Springs and She Sees Metaphors. And it's quite possibly some of my best work. At least I think so. Everyone seems to loves Tales of Timeless Springs the most. Which is cool, totally, cool. I'm just saying... this one is going to be good too, I think.

The Absolute End of the World will wrap up what I'm calling The Louie Trilogy. Yes, that fat little bastard will return in this novella, in a minor role. The main role will follow a nameless illegitimate child of God during the beginning of a suddenly very changed Revelations. Jehovah has walked away from his children, leaving Lucifer with the keys to the store. And as the end starts brewing and things start going wrong for everyone, the bastard will be in the process of fulfilling a promise to a friend, however futile it seems.

I have not decided if I'll be self publishing or shopping this little guy around, so no word on a release date yet. But, it's coming fiends. It's coming sooner than later and I am so freaking excited for all of you to read it.

And with that, I leave you all to a very wonderful weekend. Stay warm, hug a friend, tell someone a happy story, and share puns. I'm going to go off and work on this crippling depressing all ages fantasy series.