Friday, April 25, 2014

Red Rose Rancor

...-Wink-... / Foter
Red Rose Publishing has been the subject of author complaints for some time now. 

But things hit a new low when someone representing themselves as Red Rose staff posted comments tot he author discussion group including:

"Vultures, know that term?"

"My mother works for IRS and my father works with the FBI. My husband is a Sherriff..."

While Wendi (the owner) writes: "There will be no request of rights given back for the next 3 to 6 months."

These messages are of course unavailable to authors removed from the publisher list due to their persistence in asking for their royalties and/or tax forms.

Under these circumstances I would suggest that most publishers would benefit more from letting the disaffected authors go than from locking them in.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm currently in a battle to get my books removed from Red Rose. Wendi is just an awful person, she's lied to me on multiple occasions, hasn't given me a 1099 or paid royalties for over a year. When I asked for my books to be removed she told me I had to pay a kill fee, even though she hasn't paid me royalties. This isn't the first time I've had an issue with indie 'publishers', but it will be the last. I want to thank you for reporting what you've heard about her and other shady pubs. I really don't understand why they do this to authors.

Anonymous said...

I am appalled that anyone can think that just by stating they are not going to take reversion requests if they are allowed by the contract. Of course, it is equally appalling that a publisher feels they can just not pay and/or report royalties. I escaped from Red Rose, but it took so much effort and legalities when the law and the contract were both on my side. I never got a reversion letter, either - who has? - but at least my books are down. Unfortunately, Red Rose is not an isolated case. Why can't people just be honest? It pays off more in the long run.

Anonymous said...

In 2013 Red Rose Publishing stopped paying me royalties, stopped sending statements and stopped replying to emails. When I sent DMCA takedown notices to third party sites, Wendi finally reacted. She sent vituperative, illiterate emails threatening to sue me. I got out and self-published. Red Rose Publishing is a chaotic, dishonest, unethical business.