I'm not certain I am allowed to do this, so Mods, please, if I violate some rule or law please pull this post.
This is a transcript of a recent conversation I just had with Neil Jackson, owner and operator of Ghostwriter Publications, a small press in the UK. Please note that Neil has been selling my work in one form or another since June 2009 and to date has failed to pay any royalties. I usually ask him about once a month and he either changes the subject or becaomes abrasive and rude, as seen below.
The conversation starts off with me asking about breaks for a project called GRUBS, which I wrote specifically for Ghostwriter in August 2009 at Neil's request. He has been promising to provide the break points to turn GRUBS into a serialized chapbook since November of last year:
did you ever get to those breaks for GRUBS?
Yes...but I'm working at the moment on work for others. Later, dude.
What about royalties? Do I have any?
David...sorry bud...but I'm working. I can't just break off to deal with your stuff...you're being a bit selfish.
Um...selfish? Neil, I have waited patiently for several months (MONTHS!) to get my first royalty payment from you and have not hounded you about it at all. How is that selfish?
BECAUSE I AM WORKING!!! Now go and bother someone else. I'm done. Expect a cheque soon.
I've heard that one before. Very well, Neil. I won't take up any more of your time.
Because YOU are bored doing your job...and can drop things at a stroke...not all of us can. I am fucking seething here...if you were here you'd be wearing a crowbar. I was just in the middle of something and now lost my thread. You selfish prick.
By all means, get back to your work, Neil. I'm just glad I had the presence of mind to record this entire conversation.
Needless to say, I have terminated my relationship with Neil and GWP. Probably should have done it sooner (he has been like this for months!), but I was hoping things would improve. Sadly, they did not. Submit to GWP at your own risk.
Thanks for letting me vent.