Black Pearl Books Robs Eric Myriekes
by Taylor Nix
Urban Book Source
For centuries contract issues has plagued the entertainment world and publishing is not exempt. Breach of contract cases and other contractual bereavements will always be present.
Take Eric Myriekes' claim against Black Pearl Books. In June of 2005, Mr. Myriekes signed a 3-book deal with the emerging Black Pearl. Ready to see his dream to the end, Eric signed a contract which mandated a strict in-house only editing of his work.
Upon release, his first novel Street Games was filled from cover to cover with mistakes noticeable by the average reader; misspellings, improper formatting, misuse and lack of punctuation, and the list goes on. Learning of the condition his book was released in, Eric immediately sent a cease and desist letter, requesting his authorial rights back, to the President of Black Pearl Books, Felicia Hurst. Upon receipt of the notice, it is said that Felicia became defensive, confrontational, and ended all contact.
Since then the negative reviews have yet to halt. Only after the negative appraisals were brought to her attention did Felicia email Eric agreeing to end their future contractual dealings, but has continued to sell Street Games. At present, Eric has yet to receive any form of payment from Black Pearl.
After his awful experience with Black Pearl, Mr. Myriekes warns all writers to research any company they are thinking of signing with, before inking the deal.
However, it must be said, Black Pearl Books is not the only publisher accused of not honoring an author's contract. With that said please keep in mind that the responsibility is yours to make sure you read every clause in your contract.
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