I am in total shock. I used to belong to another writer's forum (which I will probably NEVER go to again. I love AW!! I went to this old site today and left totally disgusted.
I was reading at a warning that one of the members had posted to warn other writers against Little Moose Publishing. Post below:
"This company performs book shepherding services and is for the rich and famous. I published my book: XXXXXXXXX with them.
They charged me a monthly fee of US $ 1500 to manage edits, layout, coverdesign, ISBN and whatever else is required to come up with the
ultimate product: your book.
$ 50 000 later, I only had 500 books, no marketing and a publisher who asks bookbuyers to leave their credit card # and address on her answering machine.
This company performs a hostile Hollywood style take-over of your manuscript and then you hooked. Whatever you do, stay away from them. They may work for those who have excess cash and are more concerned with the vanity of being and author than actual sales of a book. I was suckered in and feel really stupid for having fallen for them. I have since cut my ties with them and started all over again."
Now, here's what floored me. The ex owner/founder of this writer's forum wrote to the publisher in question!! Post below:
"I sent XXXXXX post to Ellen Reid to get her side of the story. I offered Ellen the chance to join (she mentioned their writing community here) and make her own statement regarding XXXXX allegations. At first Ellen requested that I call her or she call me. I explained to her that I do everything by email. She did send me her side of the story. When I requested to publicize this email, she declined. So at her request, I will not be sharing that email. However she has requested that I not allow XXXXX to continue to post about her or her business. She also stated, “don't force me into a situation where I have to defend myself for defamatory liable being posted on your site.”
I was just like to state that (again mentioned her writer's community) takes no responsibility for the opinions expressed here. They do not necessarily reflect our opinion, and are solely based on the experience of individual members. It also states this in our terms of service."
I feel that these communities are here to help us all; no matter what our problem is. In addition to sage advice, we should be able to freely post warnings that we have had personal experience with in order to protect others. Otherwise, what good are they???