The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) is concerned about reported happenings at Vantage Press, a US-based self-publishing service which also owns two small trade publishing imprints. The company has “suspended operations” leaving many authors out of pocket and with books undelivered.
According to The Independent Publishing Magazine (TIPM) who broke the story, several authors began to report delays in due royalty payments since late October of this year. They then reported non-communication from the company by phone and email.
Then, just before Christmas, Mick Rooney of TIPM obtained confirmation that Vantage Press has ‘suspended' operations. TIPM is also in possession of the names of at least thirteen former staff and freelance workers who departed the company over the past nine months.
Rooney reports that A Facebook Group has been established for Vantage Press Authors. “The Together Group was created so all Vantage Press authors could have a single meeting point to unite and deal with this appalling mess,” Mick explains. The trade industry and media shy away from covering it and authors are left isolated and confused and don't know what to do.”
The Alliance urges Vantage Press authors who have been left in a troubling situation to get in touch by writing to our services watchdog, Ben Galley: [email protected].