Ok, I am not one who is prone to negativity, but I feel a solid need to share this information with anyone and everyone so that other writers do not go through this. In order to make certain I cannot be sued for Libel, I am sticking to things I can prove beyond a reasonable doubt. This is more than enough of a warning to most, I think, but do keep in mind there is more, much more, that I can not state in a public forum due to the fact that I can’t actually prove it. But everything you will read below is 100% provable by saved emails, screen shots, bank records, etc.
Ok, ready? Here we go:
GWP (Ghostwriter) has been selling my work in one form or another since June of 2009. This is a fact. Check Amazon for an anthology called CREATURE FEATURE. My work is in that anthology. To date I have received not a single penny in payment. This is a fact I can prove with bank records.
In early January of this year, I bought several chapbooks from GWP. I can prove this with my email receipt. To this day, I have not received a single book. Likewise, my contributor copies for the aforementioned CREATURE FEATURE anthology never showed up at my house. OK, I can’t actually prove that I have not received any books. So if you choose not to believe that part, then I won’t argue. Although I do have my wife as a witness that they never came.
I have dealt exclusively with Neil Jackson, owner and operator of GWP. When questioned about these things, Neil becomes agitated and often rude. I can prove this with saved emails, as well as the following Facebook conversation. Please take a look at these images, I tried to make sure I got the whole conversation from beginning to end.
As you can see, this conversation went downhill in a big hurry. I especially like the part where he talks about beating me with a crowbar. Nice, huh? This has been fairly typical of Neil’s reactions when I question why my projects are being ignored or why I have yet to receive my books and/or royalties. Again, I can prove all this via saved emails. There is more that I can’t prove, like how long I have been waiting for Neil to send me the breaks for GRUBS that started this whole conversation, or what he has said to me in the past about the writers who left GWP and a few who have not. For now, the above should be enough to hopefully make you think twice about dealing with Neil and GWP.
I have forwarded all provable information to Preditors and Editors, and they have since (and very quickly, I might add) changed the Ghostwriter Publications entry to read Not Recommended.
I couldn’t agree more.