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    Your Genial Uncle Absolute Sage James D. Macdonald's Avatar
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    If I were going to guess about how the royalties are going to go, the royalties will still be split twenty ways, and the public-domain share will go into the publisher's pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James D. Macdonald View Post
    If I were going to guess about how the royalties are going to go, the royalties will still be split twenty ways, and the public-domain share will go into the publisher's pocket.
    That was my assumption.
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    I'd be really interested in seeing the full table of contents for this book.

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    Bizarrely, it's in Google Books. You can see the (rather scanty) contents page there. It's a roughly 50/50 split between dead authors and live ones, with a slight edge to the living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James D. Macdonald View Post
    Per Ingram's automated stock number (1 615 213 6803) The Palace of Wisdom has:

    Total on hand: 0
    Total on order: 0
    Total on backorder: 0
    This week's unadjusted demand: 0
    Last week's adjusted demand: 0
    Total sales this year: 0
    Total sales last year: 11

    Now for the AIP book, Shortcut:

    On hand: 0
    On order: 40
    On backorder: 2
    This week's unadjusted demand: 163
    Last week's adjusted demand: 212
    Total sales this year: 1,119
    Total sales last year: 0

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    I'm thinking that the problem reported by Seattle Mystery Bookshop and in PW may just be scratching the surface. 1,119 copies of an overpriced anthology that no one's ever heard of? Orders at the rate of 100-200 a week?

    If even half of those were fraudulent, we're up in the dollar-loss area where law enforcement might take a serious interest.
    That's a huge selling rate for what this book is. It does indeed sound like the scam was very successful. Hopefully, it was successful enough that law enforcement will be willing to look into it.

    Sadly, this scam is making bookstores less willing to consider special orders and to stock books from obscure small presses. A lot of legitimate authors will suffer along with the scammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiehall View Post
    That's a huge selling rate for what this book is. It does indeed sound like the scam was very successful. Hopefully, it was successful enough that law enforcement will be willing to look into it.

    Sadly, this scam is making bookstores less willing to consider special orders and to stock books from obscure small presses. A lot of legitimate authors will suffer along with the scammer.
    And, unfortunately, a lot of readers. My local independent bookstore will no longer order anything without payment up front. Even though I've been ordering from them for years. They appologized, but just can't do it anymore.
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    Big List o' Links:

    Publishers Weekly:


    Writer Beware:


    Trawling the 'Net:

    Where the story broke
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    Various Blogs:





    The book itself:

    Author Identity:


    Some authors whose work appeared in The Shortcut:

    Last edited by James D. Macdonald; 04-05-2007 at 07:44 AM.

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    I just got a look at the cover.... eep! The photo used is nice, but the overall design is a disaster. The words are the wrong color, wrong font and placed badly too. It's just an eyesore.

    Someone had enough taste to select a nice photo. They did nothing else right on the cover design.

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    Here's the Table of Contents:

    The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
    Mark Twain


    The Rising Star: The Beginning
    Kevin A. Fabiano


    Ghost Writer
    Norm Tyrrell


    Napoleon and the Spectre
    Charlotte Brontė


    The Warehouse
    Amber Sperry & Alex Ocasio


    Lilith in the Garden
    Raven West


    The Blue and the Gray
    Louisa May Alcott


    Young Goodman Brown
    Nathaniel Hawthorne


    Growing Up
    Cady Hayden


    The Story of an Hour
    Kate Chopin


    Blackness
    Sabra Carpenter


    The Outfielder's Crying One Last Time
    Regina Henson


    The Lamplighter
    Dene Chaney


    Permanent Twilight
    Sayan Mukherjee


    The Schoolboy's Story
    Charles Dickens


    A Glimpse of Freedom
    Michele Rowlands & Annastasia McGrade


    The Revolutionary
    Jonathan Marcantoni


    A Predicament
    Edgar Allan Poe


    Unconditional Love
    Matt Waters


    Dracula's Guest
    Bram Stoker

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    This just in...Ingram makes book returnable for defrauded booksellers. Fabiano, aghast his name is being linked to this, also offers to buy back books....

    http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6430544.html

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    Woo! Note:
    He [Fabiano] is also one of three publishing partners who put up $250 each to buy an ISBN, create cover art, create Author Identity Press and print the book through Ingram’s Lightning Source.
    So we were right, right from day one, about this guy being behind AIP. I wonder who the other two were?

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    Another blog post from me.

    I also turned up some interesting nuggets of information that strongly suggest this isn't Mr. Fabiano's first, uh, escapade. However, the connections aren't strongly enough documented for me to feel comfortable making them public.

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    Another blog post from me.
    Thanks for the update. I've been following this story with fascination. I've posted about it on some lists I belong to in case any booksellers hadn't read of it. Just to cover all the bases...

    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    I also turned up some interesting nuggets of information that strongly suggest this isn't Mr. Fabiano's first, uh, escapade. However, the connections aren't strongly enough documented for me to feel comfortable making them public.
    You mean this story might be... stranger?!
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    My guess is that The Shortstack and The Shortline, the two "coming soon" anthologies listed on the authoridentity.com website, are never going to be released.

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    Say it ain't so, Uncle Jim....

    Mr Fabiano's guest book now has an entry from Mike Evers, who asks, "Why are you scamming bookstores across the country?" You know, when I hear writers say that their characters sometimes come to life and take over, running riot through their plots, I'm skeptical. But here it is, happening right before our eyes. Someone, quick, catch Evers and pin him down so we can all get a good look at this character-made-flesh. Or at least made virtual flesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Hack View Post
    Someone, quick, catch Evers and pin him down so we can all get a good look at this character-made-flesh.
    Michael Evers, a striking, stylish attorney carries his New York air of self-assurance with him as he criss-crosses the countryside to formulate what will develop into a historic case.

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    Can you say Mary Sue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by victoriastrauss View Post
    Can you say Mary Sue?

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    I just wish he'd post here....

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    Woo! Breaking News!

    Editor Danna Curran is actual Claudia Fabiano, publisher Kevin Fabiano's wife!

    (Thanks to Tracie for the tip.)
    Last edited by James D. Macdonald; 04-07-2007 at 05:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James D. Macdonald View Post
    Editor Danna Curran is actual Claudia Fabiano, publisher Kevin Fabiano's wife
    Well, he did something right. She's a cutie.
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    The Shortcut, as of this morning, at Ingram:

    On hand: 3
    On order: 1
    On backorder: 1
    This week's unadjusted demand: 4
    Last week's adjusted demand: 27
    Total sales this year: 1,183
    Total sales last year: 0

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    And ... it's gone. AuthorIdentity.com expired on 10/22/2009 and is awaiting renewal or deletion.

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    He/they renewed the domain, but there's no sign of the other anthologies or anything else new. Callin' it dead.
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