Holy Moley, so much going on. I really have no idea as to what is what anymore with Capri. Frankly, this has heppened to me before - twice, in fact! I must be cursed! The first time was when I sent off two of my
children's manuscripts to a company called LoneStar Publications. The
editor was a woman nemed Tamra Dickey. Okay, to make a long story short, this Tamra Dickey tells me that she and the entire LoneStar staff, which I now think may have consisted of her and a janitor, absolutely loved my two stories, and they want to publish them. I call her at the number she gives me, which was a cell phone, and we talk awhile. She also says she wants the rights to any future stories I may write. Then, as if that isn't enough to make me delerious with joy, she mentiones giving me a $1,000 advance!
A week later, here comes two contarcts and a check for $500, which was
good! When I asked her by e-mail where the other $500 of the advance was, she said that it would be coming when my two books were released a few months later. She also told me then that she wanted to fly me out to
Dallas (where LoneStar was supposedly located) and have me go on a book tour all over Texas, all expoenses paid of course. Again, I said Holy Moley!
I couldn't believe it when her $500 check did not come back unpaid! It was actually a good check! Well, a few months later, nothing was happening with my stories. I was supposede to get cover shots, etc. proofs, etc., and I got nothing. All I had for loneStar was a P.O. Box, and when I investigated, I could find no business listing for them anywhere in Texas! They were notlisted in the phone book either, white or yellow page sections. Pretty soon my e-mails went unanswered until I did more investigating, and was able to get Tamra/s home address and phone number. I ent her a registered letter and asked for cancellation of my two book contracts. She was livid that I had been able to get her home address and phone number, but she at last did cancel my contarcts, and that was that. She neve even mentioned the advance she had given me. I am still amazed that her check was good!
I wonder if anyone here ever had any dealings with Tamra Dickey and/or LoneStar Publications of Dallas, Texas? Best wishes, Joe D.