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Kevin Yarbrough
04-24-2006, 06:34 AM
If you have had your contract released by PA then this is the place to post the info. I thought this thread would be a good idea so we can try and figure out if there is a rhyme or reason as to who PA is releasing. We could also use the list in any media attention (if the authors don't mind) and any legal disputes. It could also help us have a hands on list of the books released so anybody can try to order the books and see if PA is still printing them. Maybe if PA sells the books on all the ones they release we could get something accomplished legally, this list will make it easier to find those books without going back through the NEPAT threads.

If you don't mind, and for easier reading, put your info in the following.

Author name
Book title
Did you request a release?
When were you released?
What paragraph, if any, did PA cite as the reason for the release?

Please don't respond to these post. Let's keep this list informational only. If you feel the need for congrats use the PM or go to the NEPAT thread.


04-26-2006, 06:12 AM
Janet Bellinger
Teacher on the Run
Release requested by author
Released on April 25, 2006.
No paragraph cited, just author request.

Kevin Yarbrough
04-27-2006, 02:03 AM
Kevin Yarbrough

The Fire Within


Yes, numerous times.

Got the release on 04-25-06.

None cited, just per author request.

04-27-2006, 02:13 AM
Author name Allen Parker

Book title Nudist Among Us, A Mouse Among Us

ISBN 1-4137-0178-7 1-4137-4052-9

Did you request a release? yes

When were you released? March

What paragraph, if any, did PA cite as the reason for the release? 24, funny, it was in the top ten sellers on Amazon the day they booted it.

BTW, dancing naked on the table in honor of Kevin's release.

04-27-2006, 05:53 PM
Glenda Wilson
Quinn's Destiny
Yes, I requested a release
March 15th
As of my request

04-28-2006, 08:08 PM
Eddie Bruce

A Drifter's Legacy

OUTCOME: Full rights reverted back on March 15, 2006

RIGHTS REVERSION REQUESTED: At least twice a year since 2003

DETAILS: Settlement Agreement and Release (with gagging clause) received by registered mail April 2005 - refused to sign.

Registered letter returning full rights received March 25, 2006.

REASON STATED: Breach of Para. 17 (failing to promote sales)

REAL REASON: Who knows? Just a month earlier Jessica emailed me refusing my umpteenth request.

Congratulations to Kevin, Janet, Argile and all recently released authors.

04-28-2006, 08:22 PM
Author: Sean D. Schaffer
Book Title: Wyverinia Chronicles
ISBN: 1-4137-2354-3
Release was requested by author, three or four times.
Released on March 15th, 2006
Paragraph cited for contract termination: Par. 17 -- I told PA I would no longer market my book for them.

04-28-2006, 08:38 PM
Author: Sara Price
Title: Sign of the Calla Lily; Rise of the Wizards (never released)
ISBN:1413730477 ; 1413738664
Requests; lost count, began May of 2003
OUTCOME: Full rights reverted Febuary 2006
Cited paragraph 24, I had given up on even getting the rights back after they destroyed the galleys with their "edit" and gave me a horrible cover art. They wouldn't even listen by that time, and completely ignored me. They cancelled several orders just before returning rights.


I just realized the second book was cancelled citing paragraph 25. I have no idea what is contained in that paragraph.

04-29-2006, 01:10 AM
Author: Lawrence P. Adams

Title: A Voice from the Voiceless and Forgotten

ISBN: 1413765181

Request Release: NO

Release Date: March 2, 2006

Reason: Paragraph #24, book was released 9/26/06, 22 copies sold, none purchased by author

Have now requested release for 1st book twice but PA refuses to release.

TracySutterer & GaryRogers
04-30-2006, 12:38 AM
Author: Argile Stox

Book: Computer-End Program

ISBN: 1-4137-2496-5

Published: June / 2004

Released From PublishAmerica Contract:

April 20, 2006 (Without gag order. All Rights have been returned to the author as of that date).

05-02-2006, 08:26 AM
I hope that the writers will each stop by this thread and fill in the details, but I'll list others I remember from the NEPAT who mentioned their releases. If they included their full names in their posts, I'll include that here. If not, I'll just tell you their screen names. Click links to read their posts about it:

Anjie Kendall (Arden5): http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=501708&postcount=701

Ken Schneider: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=504344&postcount=802

Lisa Maliga: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=505148&postcount=820

ByGrace (got her release in 2005): http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=505567&postcount=833

Tracy Sutterer: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=505764&postcount=856

Cate Cavanagh: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=509997&postcount=1058

John Robinson (Gravity): http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=510033&postcount=1061

Bonnie Gibson: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=513453&postcount=1141

Diana Hignutt: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=516684&postcount=1276

Tina Samuels: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=520945&postcount=1431

akaa1a: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=530992&postcount=1724

Greg Ballan (Sparhawk): http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=533141&postcount=1767

CJ Wilkes: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=533211&postcount=1768

Saundra Julian: http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=533938&postcount=1800

Michael (Bebbet): http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showpost.php?p=538122&postcount=1903

Dee Power (released in 2004 or 2005, Dee?):

OK, I got up to page 95 on the thread and it took me an hour and a half and now I have to get back to work. Someone else take over from here! ;) http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26537&page=95&pp=25

05-03-2006, 01:55 PM
I received a certified letter releasing me from the contract with Publish America on April 27th, 2006. My novel, The Ambassador's Agenda, is now available for purchase at Lulu.com.

James T. Stumpo
The Ambassador's Agenda

05-04-2006, 05:46 AM
Author name: James T. Stumpoo

Book title: The Ambassador's Agenda

ISBN 1-4137-7659-0

Did you request a release? Yes

When were you released? April 27, 2006

What paragraph, if any, did PA cite as the reason for the release? No specific paragraph was cited. The letter indicated that I was released from the contract at my request, with No disparagement clause attached.

Approximately a week prior to termination I did correspond with PA concerning a clear breach of Section 12 of the contract. They disagreed. I did focus on the following portion:

"Author may, upon giving sufficient notice of no less than seven days, examine Publisher's records and accounts to the extent that such records and accounts are relevant to the publication of the said literary work, which shall be done at Author's expense."

I did remind PA than in no way, shape or form did the above sentence state that travel to Publish America was required. However, PA's blatant violation of section 12 was the final breach. Still, to this day, I haven't received information pursuant to book sales during the most current royalty period--which I clearly offered to pay for (Re: which shall be done at Author's Expense).

Kevin Yarbrough
05-04-2006, 09:01 PM
Janet, let's keep this post informational only. Please put any congrats in the form of a PM or place them in the NEPAT thread. Thanks.

Saundra Julian
05-21-2006, 05:55 AM
Authors names: Saundra Julian and Molly Jones :Hug2:
Title: Goldie
ISBN 1-4137-6968-3
Requested Release... MANY times
Released Date: March 15th, 2006
Reason: Paragraph 24

Deborah L. Reeves
07-15-2006, 05:56 AM
Deborah L. Reeves
Sweethearts' Moon
July 7, 2006

Gigi Sahi
07-22-2006, 04:05 AM
Gigi Sahi
A Bite of the Apple
I requested release several times
Released 18 July 2006
Paragraph 24

01-20-2007, 03:00 AM
Author names: Victoria Grossack & Alice Underwood
Book title: Iokaste
ISBN: 978-1413726756
Release date: 25 January 2007 - only after writing to them firmly

01-22-2007, 05:36 PM
KJ Hamilton
Fanatical Betrayal & My Heart Revealed
1413728162 & 1424115639
I requested release on 10/16/06
Was released on 10/17/06
There was no particular paragraph that they cited.

Sean D. Schaffer
01-22-2007, 08:57 PM
Author: Sean D. Schaffer
Book Title: Wyverinia Chronicles
ISBN: 1-4137-2354-3
Release was requested by author, three or four times.
Released on March 15th, 2006
Paragraph cited for contract termination: Par. 17 -- I told PA I would no longer market my book for them.

That sounds like me. Wait, it is me. Never mind.

01-22-2007, 10:41 PM

KJ Hamilton
Fanatical Betrayal & My Heart Revealed
Was released on 10/17/06

then why are the books still up at Amazon showing that they have PublishAmerica for a publisher?

Kind regards
Victoria Grossack
www.tapestryofbronze.com (http://www.tapestryofbronze.com)

James D. Macdonald
01-22-2007, 10:58 PM
Books that have been out of print for a decade, put out by bankrupt publishers, are still listed on Amazon with those publishers' names.

This is a non-issue.

01-22-2007, 11:38 PM
Thanks, Mr. Macdonald :)