We know times are tough but when your publisher goes broke then we know how hard the publishing world really is.
Secret Cravings Publishing is gone……… So sad, because it was thanks to them that I was first published through a third-party publisher: which in the publishing world is the only way to be truly recognised as a Published Author.
Sandy Sullivan [Owner] and her editorial team worked hard for over 4 years to generate a business that made all SCP authors proud to be under their wing. I am one of many of their authors who are utterly devastated at the recent [1st Sept 2015] announcement that Sandy Sullivan will be filing for bankruptcy.
At present Sandy is working hard to remove all the books, some 1500 in total from distributor sites, such as Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, ARe, etc… She has promised all of us that she will also be immediately reverting all rights delineated in Section I to AUTHOR in accordance with Section XXIIIB of the contracts signed by both parties. In accordance to the contract the PUBLISHER will wait at least six (6) months before declaring intentions to file for bankruptcy in a conscientious effort to keep
contractual rights from becoming assets of the Bankruptcy Court. Lets just hope she is able to do so, as I don’t fancy fighting the US Bankruptcy Court from Australia – Solicitors’ costs are high enough for the simplest of things; something like this doesn’t warrant thinking about – it would only conjure up nightmares.
In addition, Dawne Dominique is working hard to remove the SCP logo from all book covers and is to make the covers available for purchase by us authors. Of course I will want my ones, especially the one for The Sword and the Rose as it is so beautiful.
In the end, it just goes to show how life is never certain and we can’t take anything for granted.
I had been so overjoyed when I had received the contracts from SCP for my two novels; who was to guess that less than two years later the books would be unpublished, the publisher gone out of business, and once again resuming the struggle of finding another publisher willing to publish my books. The latter process can’t start though until I receive confirmation that the publishing rights have been returned to me.