thoughts and experiences of an international documentarian
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Written by amandakoster
February 12, 2010 at 6:42 pm
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hey amanda how you doin’? i think that we met once shortly after i had my stroke about ten years ago…we were both working for the photo center but in my case not for long. i write to you today as i found your book being offered for sale by my (second) ex-publisher. do not know what your experience with celest is but i feel impelled to warn you of my experience with her. i jumped to b&h from a canadian publisher (trafford, they are bums who steal from their authors) for whom b&h worked before they were canned. in fairness i will say that celest was very helpful in getting my book published while i struggled with cyber ins and outs. once published with them however the support dried up quickly…i know of three sales at least that they made of my book but never paid me for. when i mentioned this to her she became extremely upset with me but never paid me nonetheless. like a fool i remained in her stable. about a year and a half ago i was in need of more books for a class i currently teach at sccc, and upon trying to contact them i discovered that they decided to take a world cruise on their sailboat and no longer were in town. never a note or a line telling of their plans or an offer to take care of business before leaving. as i update my website this week i discover that they dumped me with no notification…anyone deciding to buy my book from my web-site is directed to a link with b&h which is now a dead end. forget that i have been screwed by them and trafford…i now self publish and feel no need to reconcile any differences with any of them. but i do feel impelled to give a heads up to fellow writers concerning their shenanigans, hence this message to you. do with it what you want, i am beyond sour grapes. perusing your website i notice the mention of dong ha, a slight coincidence in that it was my rear area while stationed in viet nam. i spent very little time there as i was roaming the hills with a grunt company looking for people to kill…war just blows, and continues to do so long after the fact as evidenced by your photo essay on innocents being in the wrong place at the wrong time. wondering if you might be interested in a little book trade? with regards and best wishes mike
February 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm
Jamie’s battle is going to be incredibly uphill. But it has to be fought. Cheers for posting Amanda. – David
April 17, 2010 at 5:31 am
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