Paranormal/Fantasy Romance Author

Ellora’s Cave

Proposal Reversions Denied, Two Series Die #notchilled

On 27 September 2014 at 11:22PM eastern (according to FB), I posted on my profile a statement about the Ellora’s Cave’s situation. I posted that same statement on my FB fan page for those following me there.

At the time I said I didn’t want to talk about it. My feelings on the matter have changed. What follows are FACTS backed up with EVIDENCE. I could rant and rave and carry-on but what’s the point?

Fact #1
14 August 2014, 10:01PM HST ~ I sent a request to Ellora’s Cave asking that the twelve (12) titles I have contracted on proposal be terminated and the rights reverted back to me. Three (3) of the twelve titles were finished and submitted in May 2014 but never edited due to my editor being in and out of the hospital. I had hoped to revert those three titles (Enticing the Curious, Surmounting the Past, and Probing the Truth) on the basis of them lapsing the 3 month editing clause in my contracts.

Fact #2
20 August 2014, 5:10PM HST ~ I receive a form letter reply from Ellora’s Cave addressed to “Dear Author,” informing me that they would review my contracts and get back with me in six months.

Fact #3
31 August 2014, 11:31PM Eastern ~ I email Ellora’s Cave a change of address notification as I moved from Hawaii to Maryland. I received an auto-reply the same day at 11:32PM Eastern.

Fact #4
03 September 2014, 12:26AM Eastern ~ I sent a follow-up email to my rights reversion request stating the titles are not published and thus shouldn’t be subject to the 6-month reversion timeline stated in the contracts.

Fact #5
03 September 2014, 9:14AM Eastern ~ Ellora’s Cave sends another “Dear Author” email stating no contracts are being terminated and Ellora’s Cave has the option to publish a LINE edited manuscript without author participation (Section 5 of the Ellora’s Cave contract).

Fact #6
17 September 2014, 12:58:46PM Eastern ~ I mail a certified letter from Ft. Meade post office to Ellora’s Cave with a follow-up, follow-up rights reversion request for the return of my proposal contracts stating I have no intention of submitting the proposal titles, which means Section 6: Termination for Non-Delivery should be in effect.

On this same date is when I check my post office box that I rent from the Ft. Meade USPS to see if my Ellora’s Cave royalty check has arrived. It has not.

Fact #7
26 September 2014, 11:37AM Eastern ~ I receive USPS return receipt confirmation that my certified letter was delivered to Ellora’s Cave on 19 September 2014 at 12:36PM Eastern and signed for by Kendra Rumschlag.

Fact #8
29 September 2014, 1:39PM Eastern ~ I receive a series of text messages from my husband who is now stationed at Ft. Meade. I have given him my post office box key so he can check my mail since he’s down that way and we are currently a single car household. He reports my Ellora’s Cave royalty check has arrived and the amount.

The pictures that follow are said check (with the account information covered), the dateless metered envelope it arrived in, and the statement of royalties earned. Sorry for the blurriness of the images. I took them with my iphone. As you can see, I’m not a high earner.

EC-check EC-statement EC-Envelope EC-FullChecks

And for those who didn’t know, the D. in D. Renee Bagby stands for Deatres. I choose to go by my middle name because people kept butchering the pronunciation of my first name.

Fact #9
03 October 2014, 3:11AM Eastern ~ I email Ellora’s Cave, Patty Marks (at her Ellora’s Cave email address), and Tina Engler (aka Jaid Black) another follow-up rights reversion request citing Section 6: Termination for Non-Delivery yet again. I also note in my request that the Ellora’s Cave contract has no specific language that pertains to the termination of proposal contracts. The contracts mention NOTHING about proposals whatsoever.

Fact #10
03 October 2014, 8:33AM Eastern ~ Ellora’s Cave sends another “Dear Author” response with a definite and final NO to my request, citing there is no contractual reason to revert them.

Fact #11
03 October 2014, Approximately 10:30AM Eastern ~ I get a phone call that wakes me up. I check my email and see the above reply. I decide it’s time to put my timeline on the Internet. I also decide to put on my website a notification in bold giant red lettering that the Daily Grind Series and the High Relief Trilogy are now on indefinite hiatus.

IF Ellora’s Cave decides to publish Enticing the Curious (Daily Grind 3), Surmounting the Past (Daily Grind 4), and/or Probing the Truth (Daily Grind 5), it is without my cooperation after repeated attempts to have these contracts terminated.

I find it funny (in a non-humorous way) that after spending almost an entire year sending certified letters and making phone calls to secure the reversion of rights for A Valentine’s Gift for Tori from Red Rose Publishing (yes, I WAS an author there as well way back when) that said book is now tied up in a rights reversion tug-of-war at Ellora’s Cave. I had planned to rework (read — completely overhaul) the title and release it as part of the Daily Grind Series.

So these are my FACTS. I’m sure posting this isn’t going to make me a favorite person with some people and I don’t care. This is cathartic for me. I need this off my chest and out of my head so I can move on to other projects that need my attention more than this.

EDIT 03 October 2014 at 5:49PM Eastern — Fact #12
03 October 2014, 5:01PM Eastern ~ Tina Engler/Jaid Black replies to my 3:11AM Eastern email (with Patty and Contracts included in the reply) saying Ellora’s Cave’s email is backed up and they will get back to me about my request as soon as possible.

Since the email from Ellora’s Cave Contracts email (Fact #10) sounded pretty final on the subject, it’s interesting to get this reply from Tina.

Also, I’m not the only author who is walking away from a series. Lolita Lopez, who has an agent, ran into the same answer as I did with a quote to buy the rights back and came to the same conclusion — the series is dead.

EDIT 04 October 2014 at 5:32PM Eastern — Fact #13
04 October 2014 at 10:45AM Eastern ~ Contracts sent another resounding NO. I have no clue who is replying to the Contracts email address, but said person felt the need to tell me I cannot publish the books in any form or under a different title. I hadn’t planned to. It suits me well enough to let them die, like my subject line says.

This matter is closed until the day comes when I get my rights back or not. Naomie and Dane from the Daily Grind Series were fun characters that I hope to work with again one day. Until that day comes, they are buried deep under my ever-growing To-Be-Written pile.

Writing Update: 13 July 2013

I haven’t done a writing update since 23 April. There’s a really good reason for that — I went to the mainland on 01 May and didn’t get home to Hawaii until 12 June. In that entire time, I wrote nothing. I had a few ideas that I jotted down in my ipad for future reference (and I’ll get to those soonish) but no actual writing.

For those who keep up with me on FB and my newsletter, I landed in the hospital with an infected kidney stone on 04 June and didn’t get discharged until 10 June. Yup, I was in the hospital for a week. Not fun. Water is your friend. Drink lots because kidney stones REALLY hurt.

I ended up missing the Reader-Author Get Together convention I would have attended the day AFTER the kidney stone hit me. Still not happy about that. But anyway, I’m home and I have been writing LOTS. I just haven’t been updating my blog that I’ve been writing lots. I have been updating FB though.

Unlike previous writing update posts, I’m not going to day by day. That would take too long. I’ll just give word counts of what I’ve been writing since I got off the meds (the side effects kept me from writing or doing much of anything except being a bump on a log). 22 June hit and suddenly I had to write. I’ve been writing ever since.

To see the day-by-day updates, check out my FB profile starting at 23 June. For the short version, keep reading. All stories listed below are ones I didn’t start until AFTER I got home.

22 June – 13 July 2013 Writing Progress

* Daily Grind Book 2 – 16,476 words

* Daily Grind Book 3 – 8,585 words

* Daily Grind Book 4 – 27,657 words

* Daily Grind Book 5 – 21,044 words

* Daily Grind Book 7 (…maybe) – 3,432 words

* Daily Grind Book 8 (…possibly) – 1,668 words

* Daily Grind (abandoned idea) – 9,642 words

* Daily Grind (still not sure if I’m using this) – 3,073 words

* Story Idea “Statue” – 9,320 words

* Story Idea “Domme” – 6,678 words

* Pre-Game Show Book 3 – 5,770 words (total 8,912)

* Pre-Game Show Book 4 – 11,690 words

* Selected Lovers (Caveat Emptor 7.5) – 12,525 words

All totaled that’s 137,560 words in about 22 days… give or take since I didn’t write everyday. The only story that was started before this binge was Pre-Game Show Book 3. All the others are brand new. Suffice to say, my muse had some catching up to do and the frenzy isn’t over yet.

For those wondering, Daily Grind is a new series I have at Ellora’s Cave for their Exotika line (erotica). I have one book contracted (Filling the Void) and five other books planned and in various stages of being written — as you can see from the above. I figure Book 2 should be finished soon but first I have a deadline with Changeling Press for the spinoff of the Caveat Emptor series called Selected Lovers. That’s the story about the menage couple mentioned in the epilogue of Eternal Lovers.

My plan is to get Selected Lovers finished and to my editor this coming week (14 – 20 July) and then spend the rest of July putting the final 15K words (or so) on Book 2 of the Daily Grind series.

Once I get all this Erotica out of my system, I’m switching back to DRB mode to finish the next book in the Hidden by Dragons series at Siren-Bookstrand. It was already started from way back when. It has 11,243 words on it already. Likewise, the final book in the series is started as well — 5,356 words currently.

And that catches me up with the writing update. I resume my normal Friday updating schedule on 19 July.

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