This is your first complaint about Cloonfad Press because they are a relatively new small press.
So far they have only printed about 15-20 novels.
I had my first experience with the company in 2003. I write and edit fiction, and edited a few of the company's initial manuscripts as a freelancer. Later, Jack Sharkey, the publisher, agreed to publish my second book, Crimes Against Commerce.
Over the course of the next year I did things like personally write EVERY book editor in EVERY daily newspaper in America - no kidding - seeking a review for my novel. It also received extensive web coverage - this you can Google yourself. In Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble it had climbed two million places in standing between January and October 2006.
There were other promotions and sales events. I figured these were verifiable enough for this forum.
No, I did not expect to become a millionaire. However my quarterly acccount statement for October 1, 2006 listed me as having sold five books during 2006.
Heck, my Mom bought 20 books.
I complained about the sales, and turned the matter over to my agent. Jack became angry, refused to recognize my agent, and refused to provide an accounting. He said unknown authors often expect their books to do a lot better than they actually do.
Then he severed our relationship, gave six months notice on our contract, and said he'd be selling off the remaining copies he had on hand.
The situation left my agent free to put my book back on the market, which was fine with me. It was the first of a two-book set, and he could market as such.
I don't mean to slander Cloonfad Publishing. And I wouldn't slander a company like, say, Publish America, unless they miscalculated my royalties.
As a matter of fact, I understand Publish America does miscalculate royalties frequently.
I just wanted other writers to know I had some difficulties with Mr. Sharkey and Cloonfad Press, and hope other writers will think twice before signing with the company.