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victoriastrauss
06-20-2012, 05:49 AM
Fletcher's business is now calling itself Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, a.k.a. SBPRA. It has also added an “international” arm called Publish On Demand Global, and its editing service is now called Best Quality Editing Services. The literary agency has been re-christened Best Selling Book Rights Agency.

On web searches, most of the other names/websites the company has used now default to the current ones, though some of the old names still appear to be in use.

Other names currently associated with SBPRA:


Professional Publishing Press
ePubCo
Rapid Illustrations
Publish On Demand Australia
Publish on Demand India
Publish on Demand Korea
Publish On Demand Taiwan
Publish on Demand UAE
Publish on Demand UK and Europe
Authors and Libraries Program
AuthorMarketingIdeas.com
AuthorSuccessStories.com

- Victoria

C. K. Casner
06-20-2012, 06:45 AM
FFS ...

Richard White
06-20-2012, 07:13 AM
Ah, it appears again that Hydra has awoken from its slumber and shed its skin once more to go out and terrorize the authorial world under a new guise.

However, it was too slow to avoid the gaze from Olympus. It's chimerical attempts to recreate itself were doomed to fail. It will always be known by the stench that accompanies the beast, no matter what shape (or name) it takes.

DaveKuzminski
06-21-2012, 01:56 AM
Yep, there's no avoiding the stench of dying books.

Shrouded
06-21-2012, 04:26 AM
The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers. - Marshall McLuhan

MichaelZWilliamson
07-01-2012, 12:39 AM
A friend of mine just asked me about them. I did a quick google. Thieving scum. End of story. But she's not convinced. It's so HARD to get published.

To be honest, her work is adequate but not great, and throwing money at scum won't make it better.

Then I found this person who has drunk the Kool Aid and can parrot all the quotes. "There are associated costs with any publishing and of course the author has to pay those."

http://www.kjkeller-author.com/apps/blog/show/7987019-chapter-closed-has-a-publisher-sbpra-publishing

Sigh.

C. K. Casner
07-07-2012, 02:09 AM
I read that link and it makes me shake my head. She's stuck in the honeymoon stage where everything is hunky-dorey, even though well-meaning people have tried to warn her away.

I had once had that heady feeling of accomplishment before reality came crashing down around my ears. I wish her well.

weallwanttowrite
07-10-2012, 05:32 PM
They just came up with another name to add to the list. Their web page link takes you right back to a page at http://sbpra.com

Literary & Rights Agency with a web site address of:
http://www.wlwritersagency.com/

BEWARE ALL Stay Away From This Company.


Fletcher's business is now calling itself Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency, a.k.a. SBPRA. It has also added an “international” arm called Publish On Demand Global, and its editing service is now called Best Quality Editing Services. The literary agency has been re-christened Best Selling Book Rights Agency.

On web searches, most of the other names/websites the company has used now default to the current ones, though some of the old names still appear to be in use.

Other names currently associated with SBPRA:


Professional Publishing Press
ePubCo
Rapid Illustrations
Publish On Demand Australia
Publish on Demand India
Publish on Demand Korea
Publish On Demand Taiwan
Publish on Demand UAE
Publish on Demand UK and Europe
Authors and Libraries Program
AuthorMarketingIdeas.com
AuthorSuccessStories.com

- Victoria

Shrouded
07-11-2012, 06:03 AM
Unbelievable. One hand is under investigation in Florida the other is busy making International puppet companies. Well,..once the noose tightens.

Ink-Stained Wretch
07-18-2012, 08:52 PM
I read that link and it makes me shake my head. She's stuck in the honeymoon stage where everything is hunky-dorey, even though well-meaning people have tried to warn her away.


The "honeymoon" analogy only works if you assume she just married a nasty domestic abuser against the advice of all family and friends, and is now too stubborn to admit (or even consider) that she might, possibly, have made a mistake. "My husband is a WONDERFUL man who only beats me when I deserve it. Why are you trying to rain on my happiness? Look, my first-choice husband didn't want to marry me, so I had no CHOICE but to marry this guy instead. What was I supposed to do, huh? Stay single until Mr. Right came along? How ridiculous. I would prefer in the future that you keep your nasty rants on your own blog; I married safely and wisely and I have no regrets."

victoriastrauss
07-18-2012, 09:30 PM
That actually works pretty well as a description of the response of some writers who've hooked up with bad publishers.

- Victoria

Ink-Stained Wretch
07-18-2012, 10:09 PM
That actually works pretty well as a description of the response of some writers who've hooked up with bad publishers.

- Victoria


It's the same stupid aspect of human nature responsible for both; for the majority of people who ever lived, the single hardest thing to do (downright impossible, for many people) is to admit "I screwed up, I made a mistake, my current unpleasant situation is largely MY fault." Why do certain abused women stay with and make excuses for their abusers, even when they're not financially dependent upon them? Better than admitting "My friends were right and I was wrong and I made a mistake in choosing this guy." Why do so many otherwise intelligent and sane scam-publisher victims make all these excuses why PublishAmerica and Strategic Books are legitimate publishers, wonderful career opportunities and the best ten thousand dollars I ever spent? Because otherwise, they have to admit they fell for a con. Why did so many in the GOP spend eight years swearing "Bush/Cheney are great Republicans -- dedicated to principles of fiscal responsibility and small government"? Why do so many of my fellow left-wingers now insist "Obama is all about government transparency, increased civil liberties and sticking up for The Little Guy" even though his record in such matters is measurably worse even than Bush's? Why did Germany a few decades back insist "Our current economic problems have NOTHING to do with us starting a war that trashed half of Europe and now we have to pay for the damage we caused; no no no, our problems are all the Jews' fault?"

Because clinging to ludicrous fantasies is psychologically easier than admitting "I screwed up. I was conned. That politico I voted for sold me a pig in a poke. That war we started turned out fantastically bad for us. And if you, Victoria, with all your legitimate publishing credits that actually make you money rather than cost you, are trying to talk me out of signing a contract with these vanity publishers -- well, that must mean you're trying to squash the competition. Pulling the ladder up behind you now that you've climbed it. Perhaps intimidated by a new writer both younger and more talented than yourself? Did you used to date Bobby Fletcher and you're still mad that he dumped you? Or are you a mean, sadistic misanthrope ranting on aspiring authors' blogs because you get off on spite? It has to be one of those things, because the only other option is to admit that I was wrong."

Sorry, drifted a bit off topic there; bits of a real-life disagreement with a friend are falling into my comment. DTMFA, and that goes for authors with Strategic, too.

JulieB
07-18-2012, 10:47 PM
Yes, and some who were blinded in the honeymoon phase of either a bad personal or business relationship WILL come out and admit their mistake. It takes some guts to do that.

Happened to me. Not with a publisher, but with a job. This isn't the place to share those details, but I will say that I do get the whole "honeymooner" aspect. And yes, I chalked it up as a learning experience and moved on.

Ink-Stained Wretch
07-18-2012, 11:40 PM
Yes, and some who were blinded in the honeymoon phase of either a bad personal or business relationship WILL come out and admit their mistake. It takes some guts to do that.

Happened to me. Not with a publisher, but with a job. This isn't the place to share those details, but I will say that I do get the whole "honeymooner" aspect. And yes, I chalked it up as a learning experience and moved on.


As did I -- though like you I don't want to share the specific details here -- but the hell of it is, that makes us unusual. And it shouldn't, because these are not cases wherein virtue (or wisdom) is its own reward. We personally derived measurable, objective long-term benefits from admitting we made a mistake -- shouldn't have taken that job, hooked up with that guy, signed on with that publisher, WHATEVER stupid thing we did -- and it hurt to admit we were fooled, and it was embarrassing, but at least now we're not STILL stuck with that horrible job, abusive partner or shitty vanity publisher.

It's like you have a terrible illness, you can easily cure it with an antibiotic, but the medicine tastes really, really nasty ... and too many people would rather suffer through that terrible illness forever, rather than deal with the temporary discomfort of swallowing that icky, nasty medicine. Or live with eternal toothache to avoid spending an unpleasant half-hour in the dentist's chair. I know this is true, I recognize it exists, intellectually I can explain why it's so, but deep in my gut I just don't get it.

Ink-Stained Wretch
07-18-2012, 11:46 PM
Deleted double post.

Maddie
07-30-2012, 09:03 PM
I just received one of those scam-spam emails from Tom Wallace, VP of Acquisitions for Strategic Book Publishing. Very rambling body of garbage. I don't know where he acquired my email address, but I kindly asked him to cease and desist sending me emails (and I also reported him as spam to Earthlink).

Ink-Stained Wretch
07-31-2012, 04:09 AM
I just received one of those scam-spam emails from Tom Wallace, VP of Acquisitions for Strategic Book Publishing. Very rambling body of garbage. I don't know where he acquired my email address, but I kindly asked him to cease and desist sending me emails (and I also reported him as spam to Earthlink).


What did the email say?

James D. Macdonald
07-31-2012, 08:16 PM
"Tom Wallace" very likely doesn't exist either.

Maddie
08-03-2012, 10:38 PM
What did the email say?

The email is incredibly long, with embedded photos that make no sense at all when it comes to book marketing. The first shows a woman standing outside of a clothing store speaking through a megaphone. The second, shows animal products, possibly seafood, inside of a glass display cabinet in an Asian-type store. The third depicts three men and one woman seated at a table at a Chinese restaurant, hoisting their glasses--tea or wine--in a toast as they smile at the camera. The content mentions "cracking the code" for Amazon in China, and self-publishing in Asia as a whole. At any rate, I reported it to my ISP as spam.

victoriastrauss
08-04-2012, 01:29 AM
Maddie, if you still have it, could you forward it to me? beware [at] sfwa.org. Thanks.

- Victoria

Maddie
08-04-2012, 09:09 PM
Maddie, if you still have it, could you forward it to me? beware [at] sfwa.org. Thanks.

- Victoria

The email will be coming your way shortly, Victoria.

FSAG052
09-05-2012, 11:01 PM
This Tom Wallace seems to live somewhere in the USA...Can't one of you find him and HANG him so that he doesn't try to con another unsuspecting, desperate writer like myself??? I am so glad I spent all those long hours on the internet, browsing and getting as much information as I could about the publishing world. I received many threads warnings me to run away like crazy from this BLOOD SUCKING PARASITE! Thanks again!

James D. Macdonald
09-05-2012, 11:16 PM
This Tom Wallace seems to live somewhere in the USA...Can't one of you find him and HANG him so that he doesn't try to con another unsuspecting, desperate writer like myself???



My guess is that "Tom Wallace" lives in Boca Raton, Florida, and turns around to look at you when you say "Bobby!"

MickRooney
12-07-2012, 07:02 PM
For what it is worth, I came across this video of Fletcher speaking at a conference in Australia with a rep from LSI Australia.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL2mqvM-w4M

James D. Macdonald
12-07-2012, 07:13 PM
The rest of that channel seems to be the book trailers that Strategic's authors pay for.

The numbers of views are dire. You could post a video of your cat walking across the floor and get more hits in a day than any of those poor souls have gotten in a year.

Not that anyone is going to buy their books anyway.

JE9Lizle
08-01-2014, 05:50 PM
Just got an email from a Tom Wallace to send a sample of my manuscript *sigh* (like I was going to do that) Google searched his name with Absolute Write in the box & boom, here I am. So not interested but had to check in case one of my writer buddies asks me about him.

victoriastrauss
08-04-2014, 08:58 PM
Would you be willing to forward that email to me (Writer Beware)? "Tom Wallace" is an alias of SBPRA's owner, Robert Fletcher, and as part of the settlement SBPRA just signed, they're supposed to stop using aliases, or to disclose that the name is an alias. Please email me at beware [at] sfwa.org. All information shared with Writer Beware is held in confidence.

- Victoria

aliceshortcake
08-25-2014, 11:39 AM
Victoria, I've just heard from a writer who received an email from SBPRA signed by 'TomW'. I've asked her to send it on to you.

victoriastrauss
08-28-2014, 08:06 AM
Thanks! She did get in touch.

doweykoa
05-25-2015, 11:48 PM
Tom just emailed me with what looks like the same drivel others have reported in the past. I'll save the email if there is any interest Victoria.

ctripp
11-13-2015, 02:55 PM
On another social media group a new writer posted a letter he had just found in his junk folder (how very appropriate:) It was from "Tom" (no last name, not even the "W") the "Acquisitions team leader", and it spewed the same ol drivel about Commercial/Trade publishing. It's started with ...

Dear Author, >Publishing has changed for 'unknown' authors trying to build a reputation in the publishing industry. Today, we find no ‘traditional publisher’ who will even agree to look at your work.<
...and it just goes down hill from there. I of course told him to put it back into the junk folder and then delete. I'm sure that's the same one every yet to be published writer or every indie writer is getting.

James D. Macdonald
02-23-2016, 04:02 AM
Today, we find no ‘traditional publisher’ who will even agree to look at your work.

Didn't look very hard, did ya, "Tom."

Frederick Preston
02-18-2017, 11:44 AM
Just wondering, he fleeced me out of $300 around fourteen years ago thanks to my own stupidity. Is he in the clink? Or dead? If ambulatory and free, is he still trying to con people?

James D. Macdonald
03-01-2017, 11:20 PM
He ran into legal problems a bit ago. Since then he's apparently been keeping a low profile.

ctripp
01-01-2018, 02:03 AM
It looks like he's gone on to sell "tiny homes" & offering investment "opportunities". http://www.robertmerrillfletcher.com/investment-opportunity/

Gillhoughly
01-01-2018, 04:51 AM
Oh, my giddy aunt. He really does hate honest work.

I looked up things, the tree house is real, but there is nothing to indicate he has any connection to it.

Is that his real face? I always thought he would look like Steve Bannon after a month long bender.

ctripp
01-01-2018, 02:21 PM
I know, I was suspecting it was an earlier pic, although he looks the same on his "Publish On Demand Global" site https://publishondemandglobal.com

Feriku
07-08-2019, 08:07 PM
I got an email today from Tom Wallace from SBPRA asking for a sample of my work "based on a query from you we received a while back." It also claims this is a follow-up to a previous invitation. I'm certain I never interacted with them before.

Richard White
07-08-2019, 08:26 PM
Could you please forward a copy of that email to [email protected]

Hadn't heard much about Bouncing Bobby lately. I thought he was out of the "publishing/agenting/editing/promoting" gig. Apparently not.

Feriku
07-08-2019, 09:45 PM
All right, I forwarded the email.