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Spero Publishing Has Merged with Eternal Press, and Damnation Books...

I took down my book Alien Deceptions from this website, and I am asking my readers, both new and old to please not purchase this book in its present incarnation from publisher Eternal Press. The contract expired February 1, 2015, though to be fair, according to the contract the contract actually begins on the date of release which was June 6, 2010. Either way, the contract is long expired. However, the book continues to be offered for sale on both the Eternal Press website and at many online outlets including B&N, Amazon, and ARE to name a few.

This is the second time that Eternal Press has rolled over to new owners, and I cannot say I'm surprised. Now it has rolled over yet again and has been acquired by an unknown company Spero Publishing. The CEO of the new company to be called Caliburn Publishing under which Eternal Press and Damnation Books are "imprints" is Alan Leddon. When he sent out the letter to the authors of Eternal Press and Damnation Books, myself included, I responded immediately requesting the rights back even though technically I could have just sent out DMC notices since my copyright is being infringed upon. I wanted to give the new guy a chance to do the right thing. Now, I'm sure you're wondering why I waited this long. Like most authors I work a day job too and have a life. Also, I kept hoping Kim Richards would do the right thing and send me the rights back and take the book down. I should have known better as I had to send out DMC notices to get my book Homecoming taken down from distributors. She had already had it taken down months before from the Eternal Press website. It took me almost 9 months of back and forth via e-mail and in the end it took DMC notices to get it taken down, because she refused even though she admitted the contract was expired.

Needless to say, it looks as though I'm going to have another fight on my hands to get  Alien Deceptions taken down. First I was asked to reconsider and take a look at the Caliburn Publishing contract, as he is a different person. I politely declined and again asked for the rights to my book back. Again, keep in mind I'm giving him a chance to do the right thing. What did I get back? He finally said he would look at my contract tomorrow and make a decision. Oh, but I'd better be careful because there is a "termination clause" and I might get a surprise I'm not expecting. The termination clause he is talking about is if I ask to terminate the contract early ie before the five years is up. Since it is well after the five year contract even allowing for the contract not going into effect until the release date, a full six months in fact, he cannot use the termination clause and try to force me to pay money to get out of the contract. The contract is expired. Though it appears he may try. Since Kim Richards the previous owner never requested the option to renew the contract as was her right before the contract was up, he cannot use that either. Since no new contract was requested as was the option per the contract, the contract as I said is past expired.

Here's the thing, they are now infringing on my copyright for this book. I own the rights which is what I told him. He needs to do the right thing, be professional and return the rights and take down the book from all distribution channels.

So, again, please do not purchase copies of Alien Deceptions as published by Eternal Press, they are infringing on my copyright for this book. Thank you in advance and please help to spread the word. I know I'm not the only one to have problems with Eternal Press once it changed hands that first time. Honestly, this experience has left such a bad taste in my mouth I may choose to never publish with small e-pubs other than Leap of Faith Publishing, my current publisher again. It's just so frustrating.

UPDATE: My rights have been returned, although the letter had the title wrong as it listed Alien Deception, instead of Alien Deceptions. I've asked them to fix it, but I've received the rights back. Unfortunately, the only website the book has been removed from is Eternal Press, and the letter returning the rights back says it may take some time to take it down from the distributors. Since I do this for another publisher I know it takes a matter of minutes to remove a book from sales channels from the publisher end, and then usually no longer than a week for the book to disappear from distributor websites, so we'll see. I'm willing to give it a week or two and then I'll send out DMC notices if the book has not been removed to the distributors.


4 comments:

Nannette LaRee Hernandez said...

I am currently suing both LULU.com, etl. and Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing, in a Michigan Federal Court. In October 2013, Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing, admitted to the police that he had Converted all the Royalties from the sale of my book, "Creative Screwing: a woman's guide to becoming an erotic enchantress of superlustful sex" into his own pocket, and that he'd breached his Publishing Contract with me. In May 2015, under Subpoena, Kathy Hensgen from LULU.com sent an email to my legal counsel admitting that LULU.com had created a second sales and payment account under the name of Rebekah Leddon, Alan Leddon's wife, and that all the 'signifigant book sales' from the sale of my book "Creative Screwing: a woman's guide to becoming an erotic enchantress of superlustful sex" were under Rebekah Leddon's name, and that all the Royalties from the sales of my book, "Creative Screwing: a woman's guide to becoming an erotic enchantress of superlustful sex" had been sent via PayPal and/or check, from LULU.com, to Rebekah Leddon. In June of 2015, Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing, signed an Affidavit of Indigency for the Berrien County Court, stating that he was indigent, that he did not have any of my Royalties from the sale of my book, "Creative Screwing: a woman's guide to becoming an erotic enchantress of superlustful sex" and he listed for the court, in that Affidavit of Indigency, all the Government agencies from whom he receives free aid, including SSI, the Veteran's Association, and the State of Wisconsin. n October of 2015, Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing, purchased Eternal Press and Damnation Books.

Anonymous said...

Alan Leddon is without any doubt the biggest con man in the publishing business today. He lies to the point of making one's head spin. Generally, his technique is to get writers discouraged enough to buy their unpublished works back, though it's evident he never had a sincere intent to publish the works in the first damn place. He claims that authors must pay for the editing and artwork done on their manuscripts upon buy-back, but hasn't paid the editors and artists, either! He is also deceitful with royalty statements, claiming that Amazon and other sources don't report sales on a regular basis. Stay away from this charalatan at all costs! He's bad news in every respect.

Nannette LaRee Hernandez said...

LISTEN UP: Alan Leddon publishes through LULU.COM, and any author defrauded by Alan Leddon, needs to file, via email, a Copyright Infringement Claim with the following Insurance companies:

1)Terrence Chew (TCHEW@hanover.com) National Liability Adjuster at Hanover American Insurance Company, The Hanover Insurance Group 1410 Rocky Ridge Drive, Suite 200, Roseville, CA 95661; Direct Phone Number:916 773-8874

2)Brett M Sharify (Brett.Sharify@thehartford.com) Claim Consultant Hartford Casualty Insurance Company PO Box 14261 Lexington, Kentucky 40512-4261 800-236-0398 ext. 2303651 866-809-0964-fax

A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT is also being constructed and filed by an attorney in California representing ALL authors defrauded by LULU, etl. and Alan Leddon dba Spero Publishing/Caliburn Press, LLC. /Eternal Press/Damnation Books, Rebekah Leddon and David Yuro, and the lawsuit will include LULU etl’s insurance companies, Hartford Casualty Insurance Company and Hanover American Insurance Company, The Hanover Insurance Group for Bad Faith and other Wrongful Acts and their failure to promptly settle legit Copyright Infrindgement Claims, etc.

Hanover should have settled with me 18 months ago, and I have them by the balls for all sorts of infractions, and I am now in the process of filing suit against Hanover American Insurance Company, The Hanover Insurance Group for Bad Faith, and we will be adding Hartford Casualty Insurance Company if they do not settle with my attorney within the next few weeks. It is my intent to shut Leddon and LULU.com down.

If anyone has any questions, please contact me at booksmartbabydoll@gmail.com

Nannette LaRee Hernandez said...

The IRS has been building a case against ALAN LEDDON for over a year, and he will end up in prison for Tax Fraud.

One publishing company I sued HAS ALREADY SETTLED OUT OF COURT.

ALAN LEDDON IS BEING SUED BY ME AGAIN, THIS TIME IN FEDERAL COURT, VIA AN ENTERTAINMENT ATTORNEY I HIRED FROM New York.

As for me and my 'past', MY CASE WAS EXPUNGED FIVE YEARS AGO, and this is ALAN LEDDON'S desperate attempt to take the stink off him.

ALAN LEDDON IS A CON ARTIST, A FRAUD AND THE IRS IS GOING TO PUT HIM AND HIS WIFE, IN PRISON FOR STEALING AUTHOR'S MONEY AND HIDING IT.