See, I told you so. (I’m pissed off friends of mine are getting screwed, so I’ll be a bitch if I want to be.)
Starting waaaay back in August of 2012, when quite a few authors (and editors) were coming to me individually and asking about Silver Publishing. All told similar stories about being due payment and getting the runaround. I went to the forums at AbsoluteWrite.com and posed a question about Silver in their forums. The publisher responded with some bullshit that oh noes, everything was fine.
A.J. Llewellyn has done an amazing job of laying it all out there. MEGA kudos for all that hard work and research.
I think there are some former Silver loyalists, who I recall attacked Silver authors and editors who publicly came out about the problems years ago, who owe people apologies now. I hope they man (or woman) up and do so. Because they picked the wrong horse and not only screwed themselves in the process, they hurt people who were trying to sound the alarm and warn others. Ultimately, they helped contribute to Silver being able to fuck more people over by their loyalist attitudes.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
FYI, Liquid Silver is NOT the same publisher. Don’t be confused, and please do NOT go after Liquid Silver.
This is why I do things like run the publishing contract deconstructed series. This is why I push for newbie authors to do their research and not be afraid to say NO to a contract if they aren’t sure.
This is why I’m a bitch when my friends get fucked over by some lowlife fucking douchnozzle scumcunt of a dick cheese ASSHOLE.
Because I’ve seen it happen before. I’ll unfortunately see it happen again. I’m currently seeing it happen with a few people in various small houses.
If there are questions about a publisher that make you uneasy and you aren’t getting answers… If you’re seeing unexplained discrepancies between rankings and sales (as in you have a bestseller and supposedly sold NOTHING)… If you are with a publisher who uses intimidation to shut you up (or down) when you question them… GET FUCKING MAD. LEAVE. DEMAND YOUR RIGHTS BACK.
Then talk about it. EXPOSE THE CROOK. Because if you don’t, they will KEEP DOING IT TO OTHERS. The crooks never take responsibility. They always blame the whistleblowers. DUH. The whistleblowers fucking BLEW THE GODDAMNED WHISTLE.
Do. Your. RESEARCH.
UPDATE: There is discussion that a company that popped up last year, Gia Press, is using the same address put forward as the “new address” for Silver. In other words, suspiciously might be connected to the same crook. They haven’t appeared to put out any books yet, and their Facebook and Twitter accounts are strangely silent, so I would be HIGHLY suspicious of them and NOT submit to them.