Five writers that I know of have been having problems with Iris Print, a publisher that publishes both print books and e-books. These writers have not been paid royalties for the past two quarters. Kellie Lynch, the editor of Iris Print, and her husband have been uncommunicative, not answering their authors' letters, making excuses for nonpayment of authors--not even making token payments.
After writing Lynch four times in April and May and not getting even a shadow of response, one of these writers, a friend of mine, got a check from Iris Print. It bounced.
So far we've got lack of communication, failure to pay royalties and kiting bad checks. This is bad enough. But it gets worse.
From the blog of one of the other writers:
...Yaoi Jamboree seems willing to allow Iris Print to continue selling our books, when itís public knowledge Iris Print hasnít paid us for books sold for the last two sales quarters.
So the books are scheduled to be sold. Not on Amazon.com or at Barnes & Noble.com--they haven't been restocked there. But at one convention, at least. And the authors aren't making any profit from the sales. Not one thin dime.
I checked Yaoi Jamboree's website and found a list of vendors. Iris Print is definitely listed. An English friend checked with YJ. Their response:
The fact is, we doubt very much that Iris Print will be showing up. We're leaving them up on the dealers [sic] list because they have not canceled as of yet. They did not answer our email asking for confirmation either.
I don't know if there is any profit being made from the books. I do know that the husband of Kellie Lynch posted recently in his LiveJournal that he and his wife recently bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner. In case he decides to friends-lock it, I'm quoting exactly what he said on 6/13/2008, not adding or omitting a single word:
We have bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner.
Kellie is vacuuming our bedroom. I hear loud whirring noises, and occasional screams of "this is SO AWESOME!"
Here's a list of prices for Dyson vacuum cleaners from Dyson's online store.
The uprights start at $399.99. The most expensive model goes for $599.99.
The canister sells for $499.99.
And yet they say that they don't have the money to pay the people who wrote the books that they're selling.
I'm not even going to get into Iris Print's infinite delays in publishing anthologies, or the fact that I once found, on three separate sites, Kellie Lynch's name on an as-yet-unpublished anthology, not as the editor, but as the author.
ETA: Another person has mentioned problems:
I never got paid for both a cover illustration and my work as an inker on a comic. It was very disappointing.
Her lack of contact was even worse than her failure to pay.
Does anyone else know anything about this publisher? Has anyone else had problems with them?